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HIS 101: History of Western Civilization I (Campbell-Loudoun)

This guide has been created to help you find books, articles, videos, and other types of resources related to this program of study. Direct comments to Julie Combs,

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Research Paper

As the capstone of your work in the course, you are asked to complete a Research Paper which is at least 4 double-spaced pages long, and which draws together all of the skills you have acquired over the course of the semester.

Your paper should deal with one or more of the themes of the course (religion, government, gender, and social class) and discuss how it/they have changed over the course of the history of Western Civilization before 1600. Generally, these themes on their own are far two broad for a reasonably sized research paper, so you will have to narrow them down to a more manageable form.  

For more information, please review the Research Paper assignment in your Canvas course.

Search the Library Catalog

Library Catalog Search Tips

Search for books on your topic in the library catalog.

  • Sample keywords include:
    • women and Ancient Egypt
    • women and Ancient Egypt and social conditions 
    • women and Greece and social conditions
  • Select 'Request Item' to have books from other NOVA libraries sent to Loudoun for pick up. 
  • E-books are accessible through the catalog. Within the eBook record, click 'Online access' to open and log-in with your MyNOVA username and password when prompted.
  • To limit your results to E-books, look for the "Availability" filter and select "Full Text Online".


The best way to locate articles is through the library databases.  Go to Databases by Subject and look under the category History (HIS) to find a list of relevant databases. You can also perform a search in the databases below.

  • Remember not to write sentences in the search box. Search by topic keywords.
  • Look for additional keywords offered under Subject and Subject Thesaurus. Also make sure you look for toolbars that provide print, email, and citation options.