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HIS 54002: Ancient Persia

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Library Resources
Booth Library has a large collection of learning resources to support the information needs of HIS 54002: Ancient Persia. The materials are held in the reference collection, the main book holdings, the journal collection and the online full-text databases. Books and journal articles from other libraries may be obtained using interlibrary loan.

A short list of selected works on Ancient Persia that are held by the library can be found here.
Finding Reference Books
Reference books
Reference materials help students get started with their research by providing a brief overview of the subject. Types of reference materials include encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and companions. Booth Library has reference materials in print and electronic formats.

Link to reference materials in electronic format here.

Reference books are located on the 3rd floor (north) and can be found by searching the EIU Library Catalog.

Examples of reference books related to HIS 54002: Ancient Persia are:

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World … REF DF16.S23 1995
Historical Dictionary of Iran .… REF DS270.L67 2007
Oxford Classical Dictionary … REF DE5.O9 2012
Finding Books
Browsing for books
Books in Booth Library are shelved by call number. Browsing for books can help familiarize you with the collection. Books may be borrowed using your Panther Card.

To find books for HIS 54002: Ancient Persia, browse the shelves in these call numbers for the following subject areas:

                  DF10-289 Ancient Greece
                  DF225-226 Persian wars, 499-479 B.C.
                  DS251-326 Iran (Persia)
                  DS260.7-262 Antiquities
Searching the EIU Library Catalog
To find books, ebooks, videos, and other materials held in the library use the EIU Library Catalog

To search the catalog enter search terms in the search box and use the drop box to narrow the search. 

The search results may be narrowed by using the limiting tools on the right hand side of the page.

Click on the item title to bring up the bibliographic record. The item's location, call number, and status are needed to find it in Booth Library.

Finding Articles
Article Databases

Journal and magazine articles for HIS 54002: Ancient Persia may be found by searching the library's collection of databases. All databases are accessible from off campus by logging-in with your EIU netID and password. Link to the library's databases here.

Useful databases for HIS 54002: Ancient Persia are:

Historical Abstracts  (peer reviewed articles, some full-text articles, world history)

Academic Search Complete (full-text articles, broad subject coverage)

JSTOR (peer reviewed articles, full-text articles, broad subject)

Project Muse (peer reviewed articles, full-text articles, broad subject coverage)

Primary Sources
Primary sources are contemporary documents that are associated with the historical event. Examples of primary sources include diaries, letters, and other contemporary accounts. A guide to further information on primary and secondary sources can be found here.

To find primary sources in the print format search use the EIU Library Catalog. Link to the library catalog here.
Subject Specialist
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Andy Cougill
Reference Librarian
Office: 217 581-7548

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Brad Tolppanen
Head of Circulation Services
Office: 217 581-6006

Reference Desk: 217-581-6072
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