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HIST 4950

History Seminar - Ancient History in Film. Dr. Byrd

Important Information!

You need to use as many sources as possible to demonstrate that you have researched your topics THOROUGHLY!  Look for scholarly, academic books, especially those by university presses and big-name publishers. Avoid children’s books and self-published books. Not all of these will be in Odum Library. You will HAVE TO USE GIL Express AND INTERLIBRARY LOAN!

How to Use

Follow the instructions in the box below, starting with the "In Odum" tab to find books at Valdosta State University. Then, go to the next tab, "In the USG" to request a book (this is a requirement for today's session - you must have requested a book via GIL-Express before leaving the library today).  


Popular subject terms are listed on this page as well for ideas on keywords and subjects.

Search For Books

How to Search 

1. Click on the Books and Journals Tab on the Library Homepage

2. Click the "Advanced Search" link located under the search bar

3. Type your keywords into the search boxes

4. Click Search


Finding my Book

The detailed record will tell you what floor the book will be found on and the call number of the book.


Reading a Call Number

Detailed record of a book with the Get It location cropped. Location Items are highlighted with a red square. It reads "Odum Library Available, 1st floor shelves, A to Ds ; DF234 .74 2011. (1 copy, 1 available, 0 requests)


In the example above, the book's call number is DF234 .F74 2011. The record also tells you it is located on the first floor and that there is one copy available. 


A call number is like the physical address of a book. Books are arranged alphabetically by the first numbers of the call number, then numerically by the following digits. This is followed by a letter, decimal, and publication date. 


Reading a Call Number


Some notes:

  • Sometimes a book will say it is in Course Reserve. In this case, it will be located at the first-floor circulation desk. You can ask the librarian at the desk for the book. You can only use the book in the library (it is not allowed to leave) and it can only be checked out for a few hours at a time. Consider making scans of the pages you need if you plan on working elsewhere.

  • Books located at Reference (REF) can not leave the library or be checked out, but you are more than welcome t to view the item and scan what you need!


Putting a Book on Hold

You can request a book be held for you at the first-floor circulation desk by selecting the Request button on the book information page in the catalog.


Location information for a physical book. The Request button is highlighted with a red square.

(If there is not a Request button, make sure you log in to the catalog using the red log-in button.)


Complete the request form listing Valdosta State University as the pickup institution and click request. You will receive an email when your item is at the desk and ready for pickup. It will be available at the first-floor circulation desk. 


If someone already has the book checked out, you can put the book on hold so when the book is turned in, you will be notified and the book will be held at the desk for you. 

How to Search 

1. Click on the Books and Journals Tab on the Library Homepage

2. Click the "Advanced Search" link

3. Change the Search Scope from Valdosta State University to University System of Georgia.

GilFind Advanced Search screen with the Search Scope highlighted and the dropdown menu listing Valdosta State University and University System of Georgia

4. Type your keywords into the search boxes

5. Click Search


How to Request a Book

1. Once you find a book you are interested in, make sure you are signed in to the catalog. There will be a red button on the screen asking you to sign in if you are not.

2. After signing in, navigate to the "Request from other USG Libraries" section under the "Get It" area.

3. Select an institution listed.

4. Make sure that the book is available at the location listed (in the example below, 1 copy, 1 available, 0 requests, means that the item is available) and then click "Request"

Information under the Request from other USG Libraries. The Main Library is listed with 1 copy of the book being available. There is a request button above Back to Locations.


5. Make sure "Valdosta State University" is selected as the Pickup Institution and then click "Send Request". 

You will receive an email when your item is ready for pickup at the first-floor circulation desk. 


Useful Subject Headings

Useful subject headings to use for your research on film are:

  • Arthur, King in motion pictures
  • Arthurian romances in motion pictures
  • Bible films history and criticism
  • Biographical films history and criticism
  • Civilization Ancient in motion pictures
  • Civilization, Greco-Roman in motion pictures
  • Classical literature in motion pictures
  • Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, d. 30 B.C. in motion pictures
  • Historical films history and criticism
  • Motion pictures and history
  • Motion pictures religious aspects
  • Rome in motion pictures


Useful subject headings for your research on the history behind your films include:

  • Alexander the Great
  • Arthur King
  • Arthurian Romances
  • Caesar Julius
  • Cannae Battle of Italy 216 B.C.
  • Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, d. 30 B.C.
  • Commodus, Emperor of Rome, 161-192
  • Gladiators Rome History
  • Great Britain History Roman period, 55 B.C.-449 A.D.
  • Greece History Persian Wars, 500-449 B.C.
  • Iran -- History -- To 640
  • Leonidas, King of Sparta, d. 480 B.C.
  • Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, 121-180
  • Punic War, 2nd, 218-201 B.C.
  • Punic Wars
  • Rome Politics and government 30 B.C.-284 A.D.
  • Rome Politics and government 30 B.C.-476 A.D.
  • Rome Social Life and Customs
  • Sarmatians
  • Slavery Rome, (especially the heading Slavery Rome Sources)
  • Thermopylae, Battle of, Greece, 480 B.C.
  • Trojan War
  • Troy extinct city
  • Xerxes I, King of Persia, 519-465 or 4 B.C.