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Selected Reference Materials

Trexler Library may also have other topical reference works more closely related to your particular topic. To find them, search Encompass Search or ask for help.

  • 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook
    Highlights the most important anthropology topics, issues, questions, and debates in the 21st century. Includes applied anthropology, archaeology and paleontology, sociocultural anthropology, evolution, linguistics, physical and biological anthropology, and primate studies. Full text online.
  • Countries and their Cultures
    Focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information.
  • Credo Reference
    Hundreds of dictionaries, encyclopedias, fact books, guides, companions and more from respected publishers across dozens of major subject areas. Full text is linked directly in the database.
  • Encyclopedia of Anthropology
    Over 1,000 entries that focus on topics in physical/ biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural/social anthropology, linguistics, and applied anthropology. Also included are relevant articles on geology, paleontology, biology, evolution, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and theology. Full text online.
  • Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology
    Location: 305.803 E56o v.1-4
  • Encyclopedia of World Cultures
    Location: 306.03 E56o
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Finding Articles

  • Academic Search Complete
    A database of both scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Get It links to check for full text online or in the library.
  • Anthropology Plus
    Citations to scholarly journals and books in anthropology, archaeology, and related fields. Use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
  • AnthroSource
    A database of mostly scholarly journal articles, as well as some books and non-scholarly articles published by the American Anthropological Association. Some full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise, search the library catalog by journal titles to check for full text online or in the library.
  • Google Scholar
    Search broadly for scholarly literature on the world wide web.
  • JSTOR
    A database of scholarly journals for most academic disciplines. The most recent three to five years of most journals are not included. Full text is linked directly in the database. (Note: To restrict results to anthropology/other journals, from Advanced Search screen, choose discipline category/ies.)
  • Omnifile
    A database of scholarly and non-scholarly journals covering various subjects including general sciences, humanities, social sciences, and business. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
  • Sage Journals Online
    A database of scholarly journals published by Sage, providing wide coverage in all disciplines, but particularly the social sciences. Full text for articles published 1999 to the present is linked directly in the database; otherwise, search the library catalog by journal titles to check for full text online or in the library.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Citations to scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations and more in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
 

Getting the Full Text of Articles

To get the full text of an article, consider the following options:

- If you are in Encompass Search or a library database, look for "Check for Full Text buttons," "Access Online," or "Check eResources" buttons. These buttons will take you the full text of the article or tell you that the full text cannot be found. If the full text is not available from Trexler Library, look for buttons to request the item from another library via interlibrary loan. Or go directly to the interlibrary loan request forms.

- If you have citation information for the article (i.e., journal title, article title, publication year, etc.), type the information about your article in Encompass Search on the library website. If the library subscribes to the full text, you will be directed to the article (see first bullet above). If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

- If Trexler Library does not have access to the full text of the article, search Google Scholar by article title to see if the author has made a copy freely available online. If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

Finding Books

Encompass Search finds information by searching through a massive collection of books, scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines, dissertations, conference proceedings, music, video, maps, and more. 

To find only books, use the Books limit on the left sidebar of your search results page. Many items will be in Trexler Library; note the call number and status of the item to check its location and availability. For items not in Trexler Library, use the Interlibrary Loan to request a copy from another library.

      

    Citing Your Sources

    • For information on why to cite your sources and how to avoid plagiarism, see the Get Started with Library Research: Cite Sources guide. 

    • American Anthropological Association Style Guide
      General guidelines, as well as reference examples.  AAA uses The Chicago Manual of Style. This guide is an outline of style rules basic to AAA style.

    • Where no rule is present in the AAA Style Guide, follow Chicago Style.  For information on Chicago style, consult the following resources:
    • The Chicago manual of style (16th ed., 2010)
      Location: Online or search library catalog by title or Ready Reference 808.027 C632m
    • Zotero
      "Free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources." Download instructions and help available on the site.
        

      Need Help with Your Research?

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      Jen Jarson
      Social Sciences Reference Librarian
      phone: 484-664-3552
      email: jarson@muhlenberg.edu

          
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