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Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia: Home

Tips on methods and sources for research on ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

Welcome to Pyramids and Prophets

While this guide is focused on the requirements for Dr. Ronald J. Weber's class on Pyramids and Prophets, it should be helpful for other history students and particularly those studying the ancient history of Egypt and the Levant.

Hints on Searching for a Book

In MinerQuest, the library catalog, enter your search term(s).

You can then limit your search using the "facets" in the left column. 

Searching Methods

There are multiple ways to approach your topic, no matter what it is. You won't find all the information in one place or under one subject search. You will need to find information from many sources and then put it all together in a coherent paper.

Explore many synonyms and related terms for your topic. Use  the library catalog to find lots of subject terms. Also note terminology in encyclopedia articles. For example, for a paper on Linen Textiles in Egypt, I could search under different combinations of these terms:

  • Agriculture
  • Flax
  • Weaving
  • Weavers
  • Clothing
  • Linen
  • Textiles
  • Fabrics
  • Egypt
  • Nile Valley
  • Bronze Age

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