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Ancient History Exploration

Plot your strategy

As you progress through your mission, it is important to record and connect the information you find. To do this, create a mind map using PowerPoint. Each Tactical Unit must create a mind map that will be used for your unit's presentation to the class.  The easiest way to build your mind map is to click on "Insert" and then "Shapes" to add shapes and arrows. Below is a short video if you need help. You can also ask the librarians for assistance.

At the end of the mission (once you finish Operation #5), email your mind map to your QS 111 instructor. You must include in the email all the names of the people in your Tactical Unit. 

Operation #1

It is usually a good idea to prepare before embarking on an exploration. Checking reference materials for background information is an excellent preparation strategy.Go to the library's online reference tab (gold tab)  and search the Encyclopedia Britannica for information about ancient Rome.  Add to your mind map:

1. dates for the founding of Rome to the collapse of the empire

2.  an image or picture of something related to ancient Rome

Operation #2

Use the library's catalog to find a print book with information about Roman and their love of comedies. Add to your mind map:

1. the search terms and limiters you used to find the item

2. citation information (for a book you will need the author, title, publisher, place of publication, and year of publication for a basic citation) 

3. call number for the item

4. the picture of the book cover

5.list a fact your classmates will find interesting

Operation #3

Go back to the library catalog and find an e-book with more information about Roman comedies. Add to your mind map:

1. the citation for the book (you can get the basic information from the citation function)

2. what is a fact that you found surprising or interesting.

Operation #4

Expand the information you found in operations 2 & 3 by using one of the library's databases to find an article or book on Roman comedies or dramas.  Add to the mind map:

1. the citation for the article (you can get the basic information from the database's citation function)

2. what you discovered 

3. the search you used to find the article or book (search terms, Boolean operators, fields, and limiters)


Operation #5

You now should have a complete mind map. Review the mind map to make sure the links between your information make sense.If needed, reorganize your mind map. You can add color and images to your mind map. Images can be found by searching the databases. Encyclopedia Britannica and Academic Search Premier are two databases that may have images you can use. Also, check your citations to make sure they are correct. Remember, you did not get help from an online tool with the citation for Operation #2. .A good resource to use for checking citations is the Purdue's Online Writing Lab.  The goal in Operation #5 is to make your mind map look great.