Research on Ancient Egypt at Newtown Friends School


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Getting Started This page is created by your librarian to help you with your research on ancient Egypt. We'd like to suggest some areas of the library where you can find helpful resources for your research. Please let us know what we can do to assist you in using your library!

Reference Collection


To give you a broad background on your subject it is a good idea to start by reading some encyclopedia articles. This will give you a general idea of the time period, important events and people, and outline some of the narrower topics you might be interested in pursuing. At our library we have available several reference works that include information on ancient Egypt. Look in the Reference section of the library shelves and find articles about Egypt alphabetically in these encyclopedias:

Bunson, M. (1991). The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. New York: Facts of File.
Marshall Cavendish. (1996). History of the Ancient & Medieval World. New York: Marshall Cavendish.
Timothy L. Gall and Susan Bevan Gall, E. (2002). Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, 3rd edition. New York: Gale Group Thomson Learning.
World Book, Inc. (2003). The World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago: World Book, Inc.




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Books

You might also be interested in searching the library catalog. Our library catalog is located on all school computers. Look for the icon on your desktop. Keywords or subject headings to start with include:
Egypt
Egyptian mythology
hieroglyphics
mummies
Nile river
pharaoh
pyramids


Browsing the shelves is another way to find good books on your topic. Look for books in these call number groups:

299 - Egyptian mythology
305 - women in ancient Egypt
391 - costume in ancient Egypt
394 - food in ancient Egypt
493 - writing in ancient Egypt
932 - 934 - mummies, pyramids, pharaohs & sphinx

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Online Resources


Our library software will also recommend websites on your topic. In the catalog, click on the "WebPath Express" link in the left sidebar and put in your keywords. Each website will be briefly explained and a hyperlink is given. These sites are chosen by librarians and teachers and are highly relevant and authoritative. When you are ready to look at some websites try these:
Tour Egypt with Time for Kids Online. Use the map to locate some of Egypt's most interesting places. Click on each place to see a photo and to get information. A timeline shares major events in Egypt's history beginning with the building of the Sphinx in Ancient Egypt. Hear what Egypt sounds like as you listen to words in the official language of Arabic. Follow a modern Egyptian kid through a typical day. Test yourself to find out what you know about this Middle Eastern country.
URL: http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/hh/goplaces/main/0,20344,535892,00.html

U.S. Department of State Background Notes: The official name of Egypt is Arab Republic of Egypt. Did you know the size of Egypt is about equal to Texas and New Mexico combined? The capital of Egypt is Cairo. The climate here is hot, except along the valley of the Nile River. The official language is Arabic. Both English and French are also spoken. Visit this web site and learn more about the government, the economy, the people, and the history of Egypt.
URL: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5309.htm

National Geographic's web site has many opportunities for visitors to study Ancient Egypt. Explore the pyramids to learn who built them, how old they are and what is inside. Peek into the journal of a National Geographic writer as she describes her trip to Egypt and the interesting things she saw. There is a list of links to NG news stories about Egyptians, mummies, pyramids and more. You can also read about and see photos of a King Tut exhibit.
URL: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pyramids/index.html

Searching Databases

Our school has subscriptions to several high quality databases designed for school students. Click on the POWER library icon on school computer desktops, or go to your local library webpage from home and follow the links to POWER Library. Some of the best databases for information on countries and history are Facts For Learning, Kids Search, and Searchasaurus. Searching Facts for Learning, for example, can bring up articles from The World Almanac for Kids (with statistics and information on population, area, economics, etc.) and other reference books.

Other online subscription resources:

Our school also pays for subscriptions to several reference resources that are more specific than general serach engines. (Passwords on our school website under the parent log on). Try:

United Streaming - videos from around the world
World Book Online - an online encyclopedia


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Still looking for more?

Please ask a librarian to help you find more information, pictures, facts, or multimedia files if you are not finding enough specific information on your topic. We are always eager to help you explore our collection! If we don't have appropriate materials we can probably borrow them from another library or locate them online for you. Let us know what you need!


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Page created and maintained by Andi Sibley, Lower School Librarian
April, 2009

Photo credits:
http://www.culturefocus.com/egypt.htm
http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/archaeology/sites/africa/giza.html