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ANTH 5100A: Anthropological Theory: Getting Started

What Researchers Do:

TOPIC – Define the research question/statement

SOURCES – Identify the information need (Do you need background info? A research article? A literature review article? etc.)

KEYWORDS – Select the words you will be using to find information effectively and efficiently (Use a variety of words to describe your topic/concepts. Find subject headings that relate to your topic/concept).

EVALUATION – Evaluate information critically. Is the info relevant, reliable, current, appropriate?

USE--Organize, synthesize and communicate information to make your point/argument.

CITE--Ethically and legally access and use info by avoiding plagiarism and citing all your sources.

Examples of Search Terms

  • ethnographic methods
  • ethnographic writing
  • ethnography AND women (any other particular group)
  • social cohesion
  • social cohesion AND theory
  • social cohesion AND ethnic group
  • anthropology AND theory

Using Boolean Operators for Keyword Searching

Search Tool: Truncation

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