What's in this guide
1. How to find scholarly sources (including videos).
2. Where to look for scholarly articles
3. Cite with AAA
How much time should I take?
Manage your time using Assignment Tracker.
Keywords are the main ideas or concepts of your research question.
For this assignment, you can find your keywords in the course readings.
Brainstorm synonyms for these main ideas.
You'll use these keywords for your searches.
AND - connect different ideas
e.g. Nationalism AND Canada
OR - connect synonyms or like terms
e.g. Canada OR Canadian
NOT - use sparingly!
e.g. social NOT economic
In Anthropology Plus, use wildcard * to get variations.
e.g. National* will return national, nationals, nationalism, nationalist
Start your search broad (with fewer search terms) and then narrow it down.
Don't be discouraged! Your first search won't be perfect - you'll likely need several searches before you figure out a good combination of search terms.
Remember to look beyond the first page of results.
Citation chaining - Once you find one good, relevant article, you can easily find others by looking at the reference list at the end of the article. It can also help you to look at the development of a concept over time, figure out who the major researchers are, and find the "important" articles in an area of research.
Trouble finding full text?
Look for PDF or icons.
If you don't see those, or if doesn't take you directly to the article, you'll need to do a little work.
1. Copy down the citation info.
2. Do a journal search using the name of the journal. Do we have coverage of that year?
If yes, navigate through the journal by looking for the volume, then issue numbers to find your article
If no, submit an interlibrary loan request or ask at a library service desk.
Background Information - Political Anthropology
1. Find articles and books using library search
Start with a simple search to see what's available. Try searching Nationalism AND Canada in the library search box.
You'll find books and articles that the library owns using this search. Use these materials to help you narrow down your topic.
If you're interested in the theories of a particular person, include their name in the search, e.g. Nationalism AND Canada AND Benedict Anderson
Once you have a manageable topic (Nationalism in Canada is too large!), move onto journal databases to find articles.
2. Find scholarly journal articles using databases
Here are some good databases for starting your search:
Anthropology: Anthropology Plus
Annual Reviews (Anthropology) - provide extensive overviews of
History: America: History and Life (features Canadian content despite name)
*Look at the Historical Period in the article description to help narrow
down to particular event/era
Political Science: Political Science Complete
Consult list of databases by subject
Articles produced by think tanks
Think Tanks are research organizations that produce papers on public policy. These papers are often freely available. Note some of the publications may reflect bias of sponsoring organization.
3. Find newspaper articles and other primary sources
Newspapers can be a great primary source of information if you look at articles, editorials,
letters to the editors, advertisements and other
pieces created during an era or event (such as
World War I).
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Globe and Mail (1844-2009)
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Toronto Star (1894-2012) Historical Newspapers
Use the publication date delimiter to limit to the years you are interested in - otherwise, you may end up looking through irrelevant results. >
Factiva - current worldwide coverage of various newspapers
Foreign Broadcast Information Service - good for foreign press 1954-1996
4. Write, Edit and Cite
You should also check out the Department of Anthropology's Style Sheet for more department-specific requirements.
Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources
Created by Suffolk County Community College Library, JMM, 06-2012.
Primary Sources - Anthropology
Early Canadiana Online - books, articles, government publications produced the from time of the first settlers up to the 20th century
Early Encounters in North America - letters,diaries and memoirs
- Documentaries, unpublished footage and feature films
- Advanced search allows you to be very specific about what you want
- Can also search all videos available through Alexander Street Press - includes American and World history
- Keyword search or browse under Anthropology by sub-disciplines, including cultural and physical anthropology, and research methods/fieldwork
- Keyword search or browse by subject (no specific category for Anthropology, but Archaeology and related disciplines are there)
- Blog post from 2010, but still pretty good list of videos
See Video section for more information
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