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What's in this guide

1. Identifying sources to look at

2. Finding keywords for searching

3. Citing in AAA

What is plagiarism?

(From Ashley Kate Branch's Pinterest

Plagiarism is "presenting borrowed ideas or wording as if they were your own" (University of Calgary Student Success Centre, 2012). Whether the act of plagiarism is intentional or accidental, the consequences are very serious.

Ways to avoid plagiarism:

  • Cite your sources both within the text of your paper as well as in a reference list at the end.
  • Hand in original assignments for each class. 
  • When taking notes from a source, re-write the ideas in your own words (avoid cut-and-paste) -- unless you plan on using it as a quote.
  • When citing someone else's exact words, use quotation marks AND cite the source. Quote sparingly.
  • Paraphrase properly: make sure you understand the gist, look away, and rewrite in your own words. Think about how this idea fits into the larger scheme of your paper. You still need to cite even though you're not using the author's exact words.

Term paper: Industrial Food regime

Make sure you address the key questions!

Library research can only help you gather information and others' opinions, but it's up to you to frame the essay.

Background Sources

How this helps you:

  • Find an overview of your topic
  • Define terms
  • Identify key books and articles in your topic area


Use reputable sources, not Wikipedia!

Look in the bibliography of these reference entries for key readings and potential search terms.


Books and e-books

Think about terms related to "industrial food regime" - themes, theories and ideas

Look at the subject headings of relevant books:

 These subject headings provide you with more search words to incorporate into your search.

Journal articles

Key databases to search:

For Agricola and JSTOR, don't forget that you're taking an anthropological perspective on this topic!

Other sources to consider

Open Access Journals: Cultural Anthropology, Journal of Anthropology

Open Access Repository: Mana'o

Write, edit, cite

The Student Success Centre has great online resources for structuring and organizing, grammar, and editing.

Your professor has specified the American Anthropological Association citation style for this assignment. Check out my simplified guide to citing with AAA.

How to find keywords

Peer Review

Is it relevant?

Read the abstract.

Look at the subject terms (these indicate the main focus of the article).

Citation chaining

Once you find one good article, look in the bibliography or works cited list at the end to find more.

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