Ancient History

Creation Myths we have picture books, graphic novels, and books in the 290’s that contain mythology and creation myths (Graphic presentations are in our Graphic Novel purple sublocation at call number starting “CLA.”  You will find a list of many books from our libraries in a “Collection” in the library’s catalog called “Theme – Mythology.”   (Lesson: using our catalog.) If you work with Carol, she can help you find additional books from other school libraries in Arlington. (It takes a couple days to get them sent over.)  Simply fill out an “inter-library loan” request sheet at Carol’s desk to get books from other libraries.  Ask Maggie or Carol if you need help finding the citation for a library book; it’s deep down in the “more details” section of the library catalog record.

Databases to consult (they have built in citations:)

  • World History in Context from Gale
  • Salem History has a section on “Great Events in Ancient History” which is outstanding and concise. Use MackinVia to access.
  • Religions from InfoBase (use MackinVia to get there.)
  • World Book Encyclopedia
  • Britannica
  • National Geographic
  • Proquest E-Book Central (access through MackinVia.)  It provides additional e-books but might be more detailed than you need.

Books on the history of ancient civilizations are in the 930’s of our shelves. Mythology books are in various locations, especially the 290’s.  Using the catalog will get you additional books on countries and civilizations, including our expanding e-book collections from MackinVia and Follett Destiny Discover.

Bibliography Support:

  • Take the bibliography (Works Cited list) seriously in order to build skills for further study. Verbum Sap Sat.
  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Use NoodleTools or one of the other citation engines described here.  See Maggie for support with NoodleTools.
  • Use MLA-8 or -9 format.
  • At the top, center of your page goes this title:  Works Cited.  It needs to be in plain text, not underlined or any larger than the rest of your fonts on the bibliography.
  • Other formatting rules to follow are in this checklist before you turn in your final copy.
  • Sample Bibliographies.
  • There are important “indenting and line spacing” rules to follow in MLA-8 and -9 (as shown in the sample bibliography above) that are difficult to achieve if you are making your Works Cited page from scratch in a Google doc. The library staff is unable to provide those Google Doc “how-to’s”, but there are others in the building who might be able to help. Ask your friends.