Anthropology: Background Research
A guide for students in Anthropology
Research Tip - Keywords
Developing the proper keywords is a crucial step in the research process. Use the overview stage to help you find the best terms for searching and to develop a search strategy. Look carefully for synonyms as well as broader and narrower ways to refer to your topic.
- Choosing and Using Keywords TutorialMaui College librarians created this tutorial on choosing and using keywords.
- Identifying Keywords (From Indiana University)A simple one-page handout on discovering and using keywords.
- Search Strategy Worksheet (From Hunter College)A simple worksheet to help you identify relevant keywords as well as put them together to search for information.
- Hunter College video on keywords and search strategyThis 5 1/2 minute video offers a nice introduction to keywords an their power when searching.
Getting Started: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Begin your research by searching for background information on your topic, using one of the Reference Databases listed below:
- Mainly encyclopedias. A large digital collection of reference materials including dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographies, maps and images.
- Provides access to the complete encyclopedia and includes many copyright-free illustrations, photographs, and audio & video clips.
Online Research Tools
- Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology byCall Number: ONLINEISBN: 9780415223799Spanning the period from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries, The Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology contains almost six hundred individually-signed entries from a global team of contributors and offers an important, and fascinating overview of the historical and contemporary reach of anthropological research.
- The Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology byCall Number: ONLINEISBN: 9780415809368Publication Date: 2011-12-07Written by leading scholars in the field, this comprehensive and readable resource gives anthropology students a unique guide to the ideas, arguments and history of the discipline. The fully revised and expanded second edition reflects major changes in anthropology in the past decade.