Answered By: Erin McDaniel Last Updated: Sep 22, 2015 Views: 19
I conducted a search of our book catalog, WorldCat linked here. I searched her name and limited to historical topics. If you ever want to get to our book catalog again, from the library homepage, look for the Go Straight to the Good Stuff heading and the big arrow. You'll see a drop down menu, and the default is All Books in Library. If you hit the Go button, it will take you to the catalog.
The results in the list include both print and eBooks. If you have a preference on format, check the box next to either Print or eBook in the format section on the left. Some of the books are about just her, and some just discuss her.
For a book you are interested in, click on the title to see the record. If it's print, you will see call number and availability under the picture of the book cover. For eBooks, you'll see a link that says click here to access.
If you are off-campus, you'll have to log in with your last name and 7-digit COM student ID to view eBooks and articles. To check out a print book, your COM ID is your library card.
For articles, go to the History page in our A-Z databases guide linked here. You can find this by clicking on the Search databases link (look for the magnifying glass icon) in the Get Started section on the library homepage. That takes you to the guide homepage, and you just select the page that corresponds to your topic.
You'll see a long list of databases. I searched a few. The first one I searched was Ancient & Medieval History Online (they are in alphabetical order). I searched for Cleopatra VII, because this database has articles on several of her ancestors, as well.
The result list defaults to articles. You can limit to Biographies, timelines, etc. by making a selection on the right. If you want Primary Sources, Images, etc., make a selection at the top of the result list.
I also searched Academic Search Complete (the 1st database in the list). My search phrase was: PE "CLEOPATRA, Queen of Egypt, d. 30 B.C."
You can copy and paste that (starting with the PE) into the search bar. The PE tells the database to search for that person. Once you have your result list, look to the left and locate the Limiter section. Check the box next to Full Text. Some of the articles discuss portrayals in plays, books, movies, etc., but many are about the real person.
Last, I searched the database ProQuest History. My search phrase was per("Cleopatra") . You can also copy and paste that into the search bar. Check the Full Text box under the search bar and then run the search.
Below you will find links to our A-Z databases guide, and our catalog, WorldCat. I'm also including links to instructional guides on searching the databases mentioned above.
Hope this helps!
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