Ancient Civilizations

Taking Notes: READ -> THINK -> WRITE -> CITE

Read – At least a paragraph or a page of text.

Think – Is this information useful for my research? Does it help me answer my essential question? What is the main idea? How can I put it into my own words?

Write – See bullets in notecard sample below.

Cite – Create a NoodleTools project called Ancient Civ Research (MLA & Starter) then use to cite your sources.  Write the first word from the citation at the top of the table and page number inside parentheses after each note.

Digital Note Taking Document – Please make a copy and rename with your last name in the title.

Print Note Taking Document – If you want to take notes by hand, print this document.

Books: The following resources will help you to find evidence about a civilization:

Search the OPAC. Click on subject and type in the name of your civilization and one of the key terms you wrote on your envelope.

Browse the shelves using these Dewey Decimal Classification numbers:

Sumer 935

Egypt 932

Rome 937

Greece  938

China 931

Indus 934

Ancient Civilizations 930

REMEMBER: When using nonfiction BE STRATEGIC! Use the Table of Contents and Index as well as pictures, captions, insets and bolded text to help you locate what you are looking for.

Print Encyclopedias: in the Reference Room

Ancient Civilizations (R930/A541)

Exploring Ancient Civilizations (R930/E96)

Ancient Greece and Rome (R938/A541)

World Book Encyclopedia

Subscription Databases:

Britannica School:  Search either Ancient Civilization or the specific  region name (Mesopotamia, China, etc.), and use the table of contents to get to the appropriate section.

ABC Clio: Select “Advanced Search” from below the search box. Check the box next to the appropriate civilization and time period (ex. Ancient Egypt). Type in appropriate search term (ex. art, education, poetry, etc.).

SIRS Discoverer: Do a subject search (e.g., Egypt, Civilization; Indus Civilization; or China, History). If nothing comes up with a subject search, try a keyword search.


Ancient Egypt

The British Museum: Ancient Egypt

Nova Online Adventure: Pyramids

Odyssey Online: Egypt

Indus Valley

BBC – Indus Valley

The British Museum: Indus Valley – select Story (job specialization), Explore and Challenge to see other sections.

Indus Contents (“Around the Indus in 90 Slides”–Excellent site)

Harappa  Select from the many links on this page to get to images of and text about Harappa, Mohenjodaro, and the Ancient Indus Civilization.

Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Exhibition

Ancient China

The British Museum:  Ancient China

For jobs:  From the British Museum – great stuff about crafts in Ancient China:

For culture

For systems : From the British Museum – Ancient Chinese writing:

Ancient Greece

The British Museum: Ancient Greece

Odyssey Online: Greece

Sumerians and Mesopotamia

Odyssey Online: Near East

British Museum Site on Mesopotamia

Ancient Mesopotamia: This History Our History

Ancient Rome

Odyssey Online: Rome

Luxury Arts of Rome

Revised 10/8/19