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ANTH 495: Capstone Course

Research Guide for the Capstone Course in Anthropology

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.

Search Summon to search the library's entire collection of articles, books, DVDs and more

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 are the links between obesity and food deserts in the United States?
    • To search for this topic: food desert* obesity "united states"
      • desert* will search for desert and deserts
      • "united states" will search for United States as a phrase, not separate words

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

  •  Use Refine Your Search in Summon to focus your search results to just scholarly sources
    • Click on Scholarly & Peer Review

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

  • Use the options under Refine Your Search to focus your search hits
  • To articles in your discipline(s) of study:
    • Under Discipline, click on More... to open a list of all Disciplines
    • Click on your discipline(s), i.e. Anthropology
    • Scroll to the top of the list of Disciplines and click on Apply
  • To focus to sources dealing with gender or to your interest areas:
    • Under Subject Terms, click on More... to open a list of all Subject Terms
    • Click on the subjects that interest you to add them to your search, i.e. nutritionhealth
    • Scroll to the top of the list of Subject Terms and click on Apply
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned tags (words) 
    • Add any relevant tags (words) 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, 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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