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ANTH 331: Biological Anthropology

Course research guide for ANTH 331

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Check out the library's self-paced tutorial How do I search library databases? to learn the basics of database searches.

1. What is Mardigian Search and why should I use it?

  • Mardigian Search is the library's Discovery search box, which looks through all of the library's databases at once.
  • Mardigian Search is great for:
    • finding out what's been studied in your research area
    • finding sources about interdisciplinary topics

2. How do I search for peer-reviewed articles about my topic?

  • Identify your search words:
    • Identify the keywords of the geographical area or archeological period you're studying
  • Each book and article has tags assigned to it, words or shorts phrases that make them searchable - you want your search words to match those tags
  • ​Example: The question for your research project is: What factors determine whether or not children experience catch up growth?
    • To search for this topic: catch up growth child*
      • child* will search for child and children
      • "catch up growth" will search for catch up growth as a phrase, not separate words

3. I'm looking for a specific article from a citation - how do I find out if the library has it?

  • Enter the article title into the search box, removing all punctuation

4. How do I focus my search hits to peer-reviewed articles that are relevant to my discipline? 

  •  Use the options in the Refine Your Search sidebar :
    • Check Peer Reviewed
    • Check Journal Article under Content Type
    • Check, under Discipline, relevant subjects like Anthropology or Biology
    • Under Subjects, to identify more specific subjects within your research area

5. How do I know my search words match the tags assigned to articles about my research question?

  • As you scroll through the search hits, click on Quick Look and look at the Subjects (tags) assigned to the relevant articles you find
    • See if they match your search words - if they don't change your search words accordingly
  • Subjects (tags) also help you identify the specific populations or issues in your research area

6. How do I preview the abstract/summary of articles in the list of search hits?

  • Click on Quick Look below the article title to look at the abstract of the article

7. How do I access the article so I can read the whole thing?

  • Click on Full Text Online
  • Look for pdf Full Text or HTML Full Text links

8. I can't find anything on my topic. What do I do?

  • The search words you're using to describe your topic may not match the tags that have been assigned to books and articles on that topic
    • Look through the Subject terms in the Refine Your Search sidebar and check the boxes beside the topic areas that interest you
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned tags/subjects
    • Add any relevant tags to your search
    • This will also help you develop your research questions and search for articles about your specific research questions 
  • There may not be research tying your main ideas together yet
    • Try searching for your main ideas separately and linking their findings together
  • If you've found one article that's relevant for your topic, look through the sources in its References list to see if any of them are also relevant to your research
  • Ask the Anthropology librarian, Nadine Anderson, or your course professor for help
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