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ANTH 4451 - Winter 2021


  1. Keep notes on your searches.  Record what search tool you used (ie. LibrarySearch, Google Scholarly) AND what keywords and limits that you used.  This is useful when doing searching over multiple weeks.  It helps you be more efficient and effective.
  2. Topic too broad or too narrow
    • Brainstorm - what do you already know about the topic
    • Through readings your sources
    • Background sources - check our the anthropology subject pages (or most relevant to your topic) for ideas
  3. Use multiple search tools:
    1. General subject databases that search many different disciplines and subject areas
      • eg.  LibrarySearch, Google Scholar, Academic Search Complete, etc.
    2. Subject-specific search tools that focus on a narrower range of topics (Use the MRU subject guides to identify subject-specific databases
      • eg.  AnthropologyPlus, AnthroSource, America: History & Life, etc.
  4. Make use of references in your sources - where did your sources find their information?
  5. Use the "Cited By" feature in Google Scholar - who has cited the source you are using?  (For example, your article is from 2002 - has anyone cited that information since then?).  Copy and paste the article title into Google Scholar.
  6. Found a great reference but can't find full-text?  Use our ILL service - we'll go out and find the article for you (or book chapters).  
  7. Be more precise in your searching.
    1. Search within our ebook collection - you'll be able to search the full-text of books, rather than the descriptions and tags.  MRU has access to 17 ebook collections
    2. Search within a specific journal - you'll be able to search the full-text of the articles rather than the descriptions and tags
  8. ASK FOR HELP!!  Use Samanti, myself (or other librarians), as well as LibraryChat 

Start with your geographical area, migratory path, skeletal sample, or cemetary study. You want to consider the terminology attached to those wide, general topics. Consider:

  • time period (within the Holocene) - how else can this be written? What are the restrictions?
  • people associated with the discovery - connecting to an anthropologist's larger body of work can be helpful for finding more information and understanding how this fits into a program of research
  • place - country, region, site. How else do we refer to this place? For example, Ceylon and Sri Lanka
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