LOCATING RESOURCES FOR ANTHROPOLOGY:
To find academic and non-academic resources, start at the Barber Library Web page at http://www.cocc.edu/library/.
Look for the icon that says Resources by Subject.
Scroll down, and look for the link that leads you to the Social Sciences page.
That leads you to a great webpage that has links to our online catalog (to find books) and many, many links to our online databases (to find articles) in the field of anthropology. Topics for your Cultural Anthropology midterm research assignment are best addressed using our article databases.
Since you are researching products for this course, you’ll find some great resources on our Business page as well.
USE THESE DATABASES TO FIND ARTICLES:
The article databases Academic Search Premier or Academic OneFile are great places to start for academic articles. Also try Business Resource Premier and Business, Economics and Theory for a business/economic perspective on your product.
MasterFile Premier and Popular Magazines are great places to start for non-academic articles.
- Try typing in keywords (use truncation–the *–to serve as a wild card for plurals and various endings.
- Try limiting your search to keywords in article titles (use the pull down menu).
- Try limiting your search to full text and/or peer reviewed (scholarly, academic) articles.
- Try using ” ” for phrases (example: “fair trade”).
- Try using some of the cultural anthropology concepts and phrases discussed in your midterm project description: globalization, capitalism, “fair trade”, enculturation, “cultural relativism”.
HOW TO DETERMINE WHETHER A SOURCE IS ACADEMIC OR NOT ACADEMIC:
Academic books and articles will be supported with footnotes/endnotes and bibliographies. Look at the back of the book or scroll down to the end of an article to find these. Other signs of an academic source are the publisher (is it a university press?) or the title or credentials of the journal. Most of our article databases allow you to limit your search to scholarly (academic) resources. Academic sources tend to dive deep into a topic. The article databases Academic Search Premier or Academic OneFile are great places to start for academic articles.
Non-academic (or popular) sources may be brief, involve more illustrations, be printed on glossy paper, and perhaps provide a ‘light’ or subjective take on a topic.
Several of our article databases–MasterFile Premier and Popular Magazines--focus on non academic articles.
AAA CITATION FORMAT:
Printable Quick Guide: http://www.aaanet.org/publications/style_guide.pdf