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  • find background and in-depth information about your civilization
  • find information on archaeological sites. artefacts, theories
  • enhance your understanding key concepts and to identify other sources of information about your topic


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 * to say "I don't care how this word ends" 

OR to combine alternate terms for the same concept group, e.g. huari OR wari

AND to combine different concepts, e.g.  (inca* OR inka*) AND (power* OR  ruler* OR king*)

Cite your sources in SAA format

Article Searching Tips

Finding too much?

  • Use AND between ideas to search for BOTH terms
  • Put “Quotation Marks Around Your Search" to search for exact phrases

Finding too little?

  • Use OR between your ideas to search for EITHER term
  • Put * after the root of a word to look for multiple endings

For better searching, think of multiple ways to describe your topic

What You Need to Know About Citation

Citation is stating where you got your information.

The reasons you cite:

  • To give credit where credit is due – to avoid plagiarizing
  • To give information about a source so people (i.e. your instructor) can find it

You need to cite:

  • In the paper (in-text citations)
  • At the end (reference list)
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