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ANTH 350: Prehistoric Archaeology

Research Guide for ANTH 350

Access Library Resources Online

Trying to access library resources online? Follow the instructions on the Online Access to Library Resources page to access library databases, articles, and ebooks, both on-campus and off-campus.

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Search FAQs

1. How do I search for peer-reviewed articles about my archeological site or an aspect of my archeological site?

  • 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 archeological site Gobekli Tepe in the context of the broader Catalhoyuk area
    • Search: "gobekli tepe" OR catalhoyuk​
    • "gobekli tepe" searches as a phrase, not separate words
    • OR searches for sources about either Gobekli Tepe or Catalhoyuk
  • ​Example: the aspect of your archeological site that you're interested in the issues surrounding its restoration:
    • Search words: restoration archeological site

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

  • In the Refine Your Search​ sidebar:
    • Click on Peer Review
    • Click on Journal Article under Content Type
    • Click on history & archeology under Discipline
    • Click on See more... under Subjects to identify more specific subjects within your research area

3. How do I find articles from a citation?

  • Identify the article title from the citation
  • Search for the article in Summon, taking out all punctuation in it first
  • Example Citation: Chenoweth, J.M. 2017. "Natural Graffiti and Cultural Plants: Memory, Race, and Contemporary Archaeology in Yosemite and Detroit." American Anthropologist 119: 464-477. https://doi: 10.1111/aman.12906
    • Article Title: Natural Graffiti and Cultural Plants: Memory, Race, and Contemporary Archaeology in Yosemite and Detroit
    • Search words: Natural Graffiti and Cultural Plants Memory Race and Contemporary Archaeology in Yosemite and Detroit

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

  • Click on Preview below the article description

5. 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

6. 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 Summon has assigned to sources about that topic. Try different search words that mean the same thing.
  • 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 Dr. Chenoweth or the Anthropology librarian, Nadine Anderson, for help
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