Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The First Cities

Ms. Arastu's assignment
Ms. Arastu's website


You are part of a group of expert archaeologists specializing in a specific ancient river valley civilization. Your task is to gather three primary sources to represent each aspect of the PERSIA+GT Chart (3 P’s, 3 E’s, etc.). In order to prepare for the building of the new Museum of Ancient River Valley Civilizations, your sources should work together to give insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your River Valley civilization.

The challenge is to know enough about your region to be able to generate a thesis statement about your civilization, and to support your thesis with your primary sources. You will make informed decisions about which objects reflect the region's political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, aesthetic. and technological characteristics currents. Ideally, your individual thesis statements will connect to a greater general thesis statement about your civilization, agreed on by you and your group members.

You will each be expected to submit a bibliography and use reliable sources.

Please follow the directions below to conduct your research.

Start by opening a bibliography. Instructions in the slide show below.

Here's how to use the note-card function in EasyBib. you will use this for this project


NEW! Sample notes - just an example!
Note-taking template
Note-taking rubric

Having trouble accessing your EasyBib notebook? Follow these instructions (Click on the red dots to learn more).

Start with these resources on your assignment:

Databases: Use these resources for research
User name and password to access the database page (not your personal log-in!)
      1. ABC-CLIO: Ancient & Medieval Eras
      2. History Reference Center
      3. History Databases (Sharpe Online Reference) 
      4. History: Ancient & Medieval World (Marshall Cavendish)
      5. Academic Search Premier
Help search terms may include:
    • Ancient Egypt AND (Luxor OR Giza) 
    • Mesopotamia AND (Euphrates OR Tigris OR Ur OR Jericho)
    • Indus River Valley AND (Harappa OR "Mohenjo Daro")
    • Ancient China AND (Shang Dynasty OR "Zhou Dynasty")
Cite your sources as you go. Be sure to cite correctly, and cite them as you work - not afterwards! Instructions follow. 

Citing ABC-CLIO (soooo easy!!!)

Search Destiny Quest for eBooks. Instructions follow.
Good starting searches:
      • Ancient Egypt
      • Mesopotamia
      • Indus River Valley
      • Ancient China
Use the "Digital Resources" tab to locate eBooks!
Recommended titles include:
      • A Brief History Of Iraq
      • A Global Chronology Of Conflict From The Ancient World To The Modern Middle East
      • Africa An Encyclopedia For Students
      • Ancient Canaan And Israel New Perspectives
      • Ancient Civilizations: A Reference Library
      • Ancient Mesopotamia New Perspectives
      • Encyclopedia Of Archaeology History And Discoveries.
      • Encyclopedia Of Archaeology The Great Archaeologists
      • Encyclopedia Of India
      • Encyclopedia Of Religion, 2nd Ed
      • History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria, Volume 9 (Of 12)
      • Iran's Diverse Peoples A Reference Sourcebook
      • New Dictionary Of The History Of Ideas
      • The Ancient Indus Valley New Perspectives.
      • The History Of Egypt
      • The Indus Civilization
      • Worldmark Encyclopedia Of Religious Practices
How to access and read eBooks in Destiny Quest

Citing eBooks from Destiny Quest

Screenshots for History Reference Center:

Citing History Reference Center articles in EasyBib



  1. Q: "Hello. I am trying to write a note in my shared EasyBib bibliography but it says the notebook is in view only mode. How do I write a note?"
    A: "We made a quick tutorial that answers your question"

  2. Q: "Where on the annex website do I find the username and password that would allow me to access the database link?"
    A: "If you have Mr. Phillips for social studies, it is on your checklist. But it's UN: ____ PW: ________ (We cannot publish it online, but it is accessible in the NCHS library quick guide at"

  3. Q: "I am trying to get into a data base that is red for the freshman ap museum project but the username and password given is not working."
    A: "which database?"
    Q: "ABC-CLIO ancient times."
    A: "ABC-CLIO is orange - Compare it to Roper iPoll, which is red. The UN: ____ PW: ________ (We cannot publish it online, but it is accessible in the NCHS library quick guide at"

  4. Q: "Hello again, I am still having trouble getting onto my notes. Today in school I used the coupon code and it worked but now I'm running into the same problem. I really need to take notes and I'm not sure what to do. Thanks!"
    A: "I'm guessing that the error message you're receiving is actually telling you that your coupon code is good and you're ready to go. It's probably easier to walk you through it with a phone call, rather than a text message. You can call me back tonight at __________ I'll be up for another half an hour. Thanks."
    Q: "Hi, I'm sorry I just got your message. It's probably too late to call but I think my class will see you tomorrow. thanks!"
    A: "We figured out what the problem is. Instead of clicking on the Notes & Outline in the black navigation menu, click on the word "Notebook" next to the word Bibliography next to the project name in the project page. Here is a screenshot"

  5. A: "Additional instructions on accessing the EasyBib notebook from home can be found at They are also included in the Museum Project above"

  6. Q: "How do I combine both bibliographies into one, and how do you print out the notes (from bibliography) hierarchy?"
    A: "Here is the tutorial that explains how to merge bibliographies For printing out notes, here is the tutorial"

    1. Q: I'm in Mr. Stevensons Global 1 class. My question is do both me and my partner need to creat an easybib bibliography to take notes or can we share one easybib and both take notes 7:59 PM
      A: You each need to create your own because you cannot "collaborate" on the same notecards. BUT...and I didn't show this in class today because I didn't want to over-vide-ize you guys, if you invite one another to your bibliographies, you CAN import each others' citations into your own bibliographies, and write your own notecards about shared resources. The tutorial is on THE ANNEX@, but here is the link as well.

  7. Q: "Hi! How do I create a plaque on the wall of my 3d museum?"
    A: "Not sure about that. Let me look into it."
    A: "I got an answer from Ms. Rodell today. Here is her tutorial. There is no sound, so don't listen for anything. Just watch."

  8. Q: I have a question regarding the specifics of the Museum project (Mrs. Macomber's class) can I research something such as...temples in ancient Mesopotamia (for technology) and what they were used for or how they were built. And then for my artifact look up a picture of one of the mud blocks? Or does it have to be specific to the exact artifact I look up 8:59 PM
    A: That is a great question! You can research your artifact however you want to. You may need to step back and do exactly what you propose, which is to research a more widely covered relic (e.g., a temple), and then hone in on one detail (e.g. an inscription, or a mud block). It is important to explain the relationship between your research, your knowledge about your artifact and your fact-based justification for choosing to include it in your exhibit. So the short answer to your awesome question is YES!

  9. Q: Hello, trying to figure out if I can re-access my EasyBib note for a social studies project, in case I need to edit my notes later. 6:36 PM
    A: Yes! Here is a 30 second demo (might still be processing)