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HUM 540 — Seminar in History: The Ancient City

Ancient  Rome

Contact Information

Carol Dales


Borrowing Books

Locating Books

Off Campus Access

Journal Article Databases

Electronic books


Finding a Specific Journal Article

What if CSUDH doesn

The Internet

Citing your Sources

Summary of Searching (applies to most databases)

Tips for searching JSTOR

Borrowing Books
  • To borrow books, take your CSUDH photo ID with a current sticker to the Library Circulation Department on the 2nd floor of the library.
  • Before borrowing books, read the regulations on the Circulation /Borrowing Books page.
  • Use the Library's ToroFind catalog to search for books by keyword, author, title or subject.
  • In addition to finding materials available in the CSUDH Library, you will find links that enable you to request books directly from other libraries.

Here are links for catalogs other local libraries and libraries worldwide:

Locating Books
  • If you will be borrowing print books from the CSUDH Library, take a close look at the regulations
         on the
    Circulation /Borrowing Books page.
  • The library owns many books on humanities topics. For example, try the following search
    the library's online catalog:

    • In the drop-down menu to the left, select "Subject".
    • In the text area to the right, type "civilization ancient".
    • This shows you a list of related, more specific, subjects that are related to your search. To see more related subjects, click the "2 related subjects" link : Civilization Ancient -- 2 Related Subjects
    • For a list of general ancient civilization books, click the Civilization Ancient link.
    • Once you have a list of books on the screen, you can sort your results with the drop-down menu at the right.
    • Select "Sort by year - newest to oldest" to see a list of books with the most recent books first.
    • The library also has thousands of electronic books (ebooks), books that have been scanned in that you can read on your computer or electronic device screen on or off campus using the library website. Many of the newest books on most subjects you search will be ebooks.
    • If off campus, read electronic books on your screen after logging in with your campus username and password.
  • You may also directly request printed books through Interlibrary Loan  from other libraries
    Search All CSU Libraries or Search WorldCat).
  • Did you know that CSUDH students may also visit and borrow books from all other CSU libraries?
    Make sure you have your valid CSUDH Student ID card with you!

Off Campus Access

If you are on campus, you can access any of our electronic databases and ebooks by clicking on the database name in the Database List; you will be taken immediately to the database.

If you are off campus, you will need to log in using your username and password (the same information you use to log in to MyCSUDH, campus email and Blackboard). When you click on a database name while using an off-campus computer, you will see a blue authentication screen asking you for this information.

After you enter your username and password, you will be able to access any of our online databases and ebooks just as you would while on campus.

Journal Article Databases
  • To find journal articles when you don't already have a specific citation or reference to an article, use the journal article databases.
  • For a review of how to use the databases to find journal articles, try the tutorial Find Articles on a Specific Topic.
  • To limit your results to peer reviewed articles, look for the words "scholarly" and/or "peer reviewed" and place a check in the box beside these words.

To find out whether a specific journal observes the peer review process, check its title in Ulrichs Periodical Directory.

  • Academic Search Premier: multi-disciplinary database with full text for more than 4,650 publications, many of which are peer-reviewed journals; often used as a starting point since it covers a wide range of subject areas.
  • Humanities Full Text indexes scholarly journals in the humanities and covers a wide range of humanities topics;provides full-text articles for selected journal titles.
  • JSTOR contains full text for long back runs of scholarly journals in fields of history, archaeology, architecture, art, classical studies and more.
  • MLA International Bibliography indexes articles related to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore; some full text articles, but most records for articles will have a "Find it..." button for checking whether other databases or CSUDH print resources contain the full text.
  • Project Muse provides full-text of scholarly journal articles in the humanities and arts.

Electronic books

  • Locate a Thesaurus button or link on the screen (it may be called "Subject Headings" or "Subject Index", depending on the database you are using. )
  • Type a word or phrase for which you would like to identify a subject heading into the appropriate box .
  • Sometimes you can click on the suggested search term to see a note that defines the term as it is used in the database, as well as a list of narrower, broader and related terms.
  • Either copy down useful subject headings or cut and paste them into the search screen where you are working.
  • Note: JSTOR does not have a thesaurus, subject guide or comparable tools;
    Project Muse articles have subject headings but no tool for accessing subject headings prior to searching.

Finding a Specific Journal Article

If you already have a reference or citation to a specific journal article (e.g.: from an assigned reading list in your class syllabus, or from a list of references at the end of a book chapter or article), find out if the Library subscribes to the journal you need or owns the back issue you need by using Journals by Title (this link leads to a search tool that includes both print and online journals --the CSUDH Library subscribes to over 25,000 journals online).

For more detailed help finding a known article, visit the tutorial Find a Specific Article Online.


What if CSUDH doesn
  • To request a book , you can either:
    • Try the buttons under the Search for, or Request Books & Articles NOT in CSUDH Library at the bottom of the CSUDH University Library Catalog web page to check for holdings at other academic or large public libraries you can visit in person.
    • Request books through Interlibrary loan by following prompts or use the online ILL book request form to submit an electronic request.
  • To request an article , you can either:

    • Request an article directly when the message "Full Text of Article is NOT available in CSUDH Library - Click HERE to request item from another library" appears after you click the red and white "Find it @ CSUDH Lib" button.
    • Use the online ILL article request form to submit an electronic request.


The Internet

Google is still an outstanding search engine, but unless you know what you're doing, it will lead you to a bewildering hodgepodge of web pages on most topics you search.

Three Internet tips:

Some reliable websites to help you get started:

Citing your Sources

When writing a paper or completing a project for a class, you will be asked to provide a bibliography of the materials that you used. Check a print or online citation guide in advance so you'll know what information about each information source to record before you begin your research.

Have you ever had to ask yourself "Where on earth did I find this??"
It is much more difficult (sometimes impossible!) to retrace your steps than to use note cards or software as you are working to keep track of sources of information you use.

The MLA Formatting and Style Guide, created and maintained by Purdue University, is a complete and authoritative guide to MLA format.

Summary of Searching (applies to most databases)
  • Enter your search terms.
  • Focus your search by choosing a Field Code from the All Fields drop-list on each line you use.e.g.: to search for the subject "rape", enter it in the Find field, and select SU-Subject.
  • Enter additional search terms in the optional search fields. Use the * (truncation symbol) and the? (wild card) symbol as required.
  • Connect multiple search terms with connector words ( AND , OR , NOT ) to create a very broad or a very narrow search.Tip: Put all OR search terms that belong together (e.g. urban OR city or OR  town OR village) into the same Find box on one line .
  • Select other appropriate search limiters and "broadeners" (usually provided with check boxes just below boxes where you enter your search terms).

Tips for searching JSTOR
  • if you want only journal articles, click beside "Journal Articles" (below "Narrow by...") to eliminate reviews, pamphlets and opinion pieces.
  • unless you want to search journals from all disciplines, remember to select from "Narrow by Discipline and / or Publication Title" before you click Search.
  • default search is full text; JSTOR has no subject headings or thesaurus, but you can limit to Abstract, Title, Caption or Author to refine your results. 
    Warning: most articles in JSTOR don't have abstracts, so use this limit with care!
  • Truncation: search for the singular and plural forms of a word by placing (the star or asterisk on your keyboard, made by typing Shift 8) at the end of the singular form of the word (e.g. child* will find chid, child's, children, children's, childhood, etc).
  • Refine results further by using the options in the dropdown box on the "AND" at the beginning of the second search line. "Near 5" and "Near 10" are especially helpful for finding more relevant articles, but will work only for search terms that are single words.
  • Citing JSTOR articles: the citation is on the cover page of every article you print; follow MLA Guidelines. Click TIPS in the red toolbar across the top of the JSTOR screen for more useful hints.