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ANTH 201: Introduction to Archaeology

Research Guide for ANTH 201

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 FAQs

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
    • finding specific articles

2. How do I search for articles about my archaeological site?

  • Identify your search words:
    • Identify the keywords or main ideas of your thesis statement
    • Identify the keywords of the geographical area or archaeological 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
  • Words like period, effects, issues, relationships are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words
  • ​Example: The archaeological 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 archaeological site Gobekli Tepe in the context of the Neolithic Period in Anatolia
    • Search: "gobekli tepe" OR anatolia* neolithic
    • anatolia* searches for Anatolia or Anatolian

3. I'm looking for a specific article or book. How do I find out if the library has it?

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

4. How do I focus my search hits to peer-reviewed journal articles? 

  •  Use the options in the Refine Your Search sidebar to focus your search hits to peer-reviewed articles:
    • Check Peer Reviewed
    • Check  Journal Article under the Content Type heading

5​. How do I preview the abstract/summary of an article in the list of search results?

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

6. 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

7. I can't find any articles about my site. What do I do?

  • The search words you're using to describe your topic may not match the tags that have been assigned to sources about that topic. Try different search words that mean the same thing.
  • Ask your course professor or the Anthropology librarian, Nadine Anderson, for help
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