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ANTH 307: Forensic Anthropology

Research Guide for ANTH 307

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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.

Mardigian Search (searches all the library's databases at once)

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Case Study Search Tips

1. How do I find a peer-reviewed journal article about my case study?

  • For your case study, you should do research about the traumatic injuries and pathology
  • Enter your traumatic injury and its specific location in the search box and click Go
  • Use Refine Your Search to focus your search hits to peer-reviewed journal articles
    • Check the box beside Limit to articles from peer-reviewed publications
    • Under Content Type, check the box beside Journal Article

Example Case Study: "The Bones of New York"

A jogger is out on a foggy Thursday morning and, while running through a forested path in Central Park, notices some oddly shaped white objects poking out from under a bush. The move closer and notice that they look like bones and that there are clothes nearby as well. They call the cops, the cops come and call the forensic anthropologist, and the case begins....the victim is a female of Caucasian origin in her thirties. Two of her ribs are broken (comminuted fractures) and her left leg (long bone) has a gunshot wound.

To find research articles about her traumatic injuries: 

    • Search: rib* comminuted fracture
    • Search: "long bone*" gunshot wound*
    • rib* searches for rib and ribs
    • "long bone" searches for long bone as a phrase, not separate words
    • Under Refine Your Search, check Peer Review and check Journal Article under Content Type

2. I have too many irrelevant search hits. How do I focus them?

  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned tags (words) 
  • Add any relevant tags to your search
  • This will also help you develop your research topics and search for books and articles for them 

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

  • As you scroll through the search hits, look at the Subjects (tags) assigned to the relevant articles you find, and see if they match your search words 
  • Subjects (tags) also help you identify the specific populations or issues in your research area
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