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ANTH 459: Human Osteology

Research Guide for ANTH 459

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.

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

Advanced Search

Search Web of Science

Web of Science: use Web of Science to identify articles that have cited the article you've chosen:

  • Enter your article title and select Title from the dropdown menu by the search box
  • Look for Times Cited: # to the right of your search hits - click on the number to get a list of articles that have cited your article 
  • Click on Full Text from Publisher to read the article

Search FAQs

1. How do I search for my research topic or question?

  • Identify the main ideas of your topic and use those as your search words
  • Each article has tags assigned to it, words or shorts phrases that make them searchable - you want your search words to match those tags
  • Words like factors, effects, issues, relationships, links are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words
  • 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

2. How do I focus the search hits to just peer-reviewed journal articles?

  •  Use Refine Your Search options to focus your search hits to just peer-reviewed articles
    • Click on Peer Review
    • Click on Journal Articles under Content Type

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

  • Use Refine Your Search options to focus your search hits:
    • Under Discipline, click on the disciplines to which you want to focus your paper
    • Under Subject Terms, click on the subjects to which you want to focus your paper 
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned Subjects (tags) 
  • Add any relevant subjects to your search
  • This will also help you focus your research topics and questions and search for books and articles for them.
    • Example:  Many different factors influence catch-up growth. Focus your research question and paper to two or three factors and how they relate to each other. 

4. 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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