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ANTH 440: Religion & Culture

Research guide for ANTH 440

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)

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Search FAQs

1. How do I search for my topic?

  • 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 topic for your research project is: What is the symbolism of water in Catholic baptism ceremonies?
    • To search for this topic: Catholic baptism water symbol* 
      • symbol* will search for symbol, symbols, and symbolism

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

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

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

  • Click on Preview below the article description when you find an article that looks interesting
  • Look at its assigned Subjects/tags 
  • Add any relevant tags to your search
  • This will also help you develop your research topics and search for books and articles for them 

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, click on Preview 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

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

  • Click on Preview below the article description

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 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 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. Wellman or the Anthropology librarian, Nadine Anderson, for help
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