Before you do a search, you will need to generate some keywords - words that are relevant to your topic. These words can consist of the following:
You can use Wikipedia to get some background information about your topic, however, never quote from Wikipedia. It is not considered a scholarly source.
Because you are focusing on a movie critique, you can also use the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) to find additional background information that may give you some insights about the film. However, again, this information is not scholarly, so please do not quote it in your assignments.
The UTSC library organizes its books according to the Library of Congress Classification. Under this system, books are assigned call numbers. The subject of the book determines its call number. So, books on the same topic will be in the same area. For this class, the D section (world history) is relevant.
Baffled by the call number system? Click here!
Here are selective outlines of two sub-sections of D that will be of particular interest.
Ancient Italy. Rome to 476
|DG75-190||Antiquities. Civilization. Culture. Ethnography|
|DG221-225||Pre-Roman Italy. Etruria. Etruscans|
||Kings and Republic, 753-27 B.C.|
||Foundations and kings, 753-510|
||Subjection of Italy, 343-290|
||Conquest of Mediterranean world. 264-133|
|DG242-249.4||First and Second Punic Wars. Illyrian wars. 264-201|
|DG250-253||Wars in the East and in the West. 200-133|
||Fall of the Republic and establishment of the Empire. 133-27|
||Period of Marius and Sulla (Pompey).111-78|
||Julius Caesar. First Triumvirate, 60|
||Second Triumvirate, 43-31|
|DG269.5-365||Empire, 27 B.C. - 476 A.D.|
|DG275-309.3||Constitutional Empire, 27 B.C. - 284 A.D.|
||284-476. Decline and fall|
To find primary and secondary resources, you usually have to use Boolean Operators. These Boolean Operators include AND, OR, NOT.
Use keywords found during your background research and combine them using AND, OR, NOT:
AND - The AND operator is used to narrow a search or to make it more specific. Example search: apples AND oranges. Items that contain BOTH terms will be found. Items that contain just apples, or just oranges, will not.
OR - The OR operator is an inclusive operator. Example search: apples OR oranges. Basically, the opposite of the above. Use OR to combine synonyms or variant terms for the same concept, such as oranges OR tangerines OR clementines.
NOT - The NOT operator is also used to narrow a search but it is done by exclusion. Example search: apples NOT oranges. The result is items that contain the word "apples", but eliminates items that contain the word "oranges". The NOT operator can eliminate items with useful information, however, because it does not weigh the significance of the occurrence of the word. If the item is primarily about apples and only mentions oranges incidentally, the item will not be retrieved. The NOT operator should be used with caution.
[Adapted from Cal Poly Ponoma library]
Watch a short video about Boolean Searching, created by the University of South Florida Polytechnic
This course focuses on the history and culture of the Roman world, from the Etruscan period to the Constantinian dynasty. This gives you a number of different search terms.
If you're not sure which time period you want to focus on, you can do a general subject search (here the search terms are 'roman history') and then view books by time period:
Combine specific subject keywords with more general terms, such as 'rome AND greece' and then refine by time period as seen above.
Other subject keywords to consider:
Pull subject terms from readings, lectures, and the syllabus.
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