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Rise of the West (HIST 8): MPC Library Resources for Research


The MPC Library has a wealth of resources, use the tools below to search for high quality resources for your project.

  • OneSearch searches across most of the MPC Library's content, use it to find articles, books, videos, etc. If you find a physical book, request it and then come into the library to pick it up!
  • Databases have full-text electronic content (articles, books, etc.) that you can access right away

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask for help from a librarian!


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Quick Search Tips

  • More Search Terms = Fewer Results: Start with a simple search, and add search terms to focus your results.

  • Search with just the important words (keywords), don’t use sentences: 
    • Example: western dominance AND technology; instead of ‘did the west become dominant because of technological advancement?’

  • Quotation Marks - Use quotation marks to tell the search engine to keep the words together: 
    • Example: “scientific revolution” “western civilization”

  • Too many search results? Combine keywords using the word AND to narrow your results to more specific aspects of your topic:
    • Example: “industrial revolution” AND transatlantic slave trade; europe AND middle ages AND technological advances

  • Not enough search results? Combine similar keywords using the word OR to broaden your search results: 
    • Example: capitalism OR colonialism; (slavery OR plantation) AND economic expansion