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Finding Background Information

REFERENCE RESOURCES

The following selected reference resources may be useful for browsing for and finding background information about your topic ideas.

Credo Reference
Location: Online or search the library catalog by title to access
Hundreds of dictionaries, encyclopedias, fact books, guides, companions and more from respected publishers across dozens of major subject areas, including many notable titles for anthropology.  Search across all titles in Credo or browse the tables of contents of specific titles (such as those below).  Full text is linked directly in the database. Credo includes:

      

    Finding Articles

    SEARCHING FOR ARTICLES WITH LIBRARY DATABASES

    SCHOLARLY ARTICLES...

    For information on distinguishing a scholarly article from other types of articles, see What is a scholarly article?.

    • Academic Search Complete
      A database of both scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas, including anthropology. 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.
    • 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.
    • ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
      Citations to scholarly journals in sociology, psychology, political science, health, social work, education, and more. Use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
    • 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.
    • PubMed (Medline)
      A database of scholarly journals in the fields of medicine, psychology, health care, and more. 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.
    • SpringerLink
      A database of scholarly journals and books published by Springer-Verlag with coverage from 1997 to present. Subjects covered focus on the natural sciences, but also include significant titles in behavioral sciences, humanities, social sciences and law. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise, search the library catalog by journal titles or book titles to check for full text online or in the library.

    NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINE ARTICLES...

    • Academic Search Complete
      A database of both scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas, including anthropology. 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.
    • LexisNexis Academic
      A database of popular newspapers, magazines, and broadcast transcripts, as well as business publications, legal materials, and more. Full text is linked directly in the database.

    • Google News

    • Yahoo News

    SEARCHING FOR SCHOLARLY AND POPULAR ARTICLES WITH ENCOMPASS SEARCH

    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. Rather than searching in separate databases, Encompass Search helps you find resources from many catalogs and databases quickly and easily, all from a single search box.  While it's not a 100% match of the full content our databases (it's a work in progress, too, so we'll have more of our database content set up as the semester progresses) and it doesn't offer the same advanced features that databases do, it may help explore interdisciplinary gaps not covered well in single databases.

    • Encompass Search
      To find only articles, use the Article limit on the left sidebar of your search results page. Use the Peer-reviewed limit to narrow further to scholarly sources that have been peer-reviewed. Some full text is linked directly; otherwise, 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 Blogs

      • Technorati
        Search for blogs and blog posts. "The leading blog search engine and directory, Technorati.com indexes more than a million blogs. The site has become the definitive source for the top stories, opinions, photos and videos emerging across news, entertainment, technology, lifestyle, sports, politics and business. Technorati.com tracks not only the authority and influence of blogs, but also the most comprehensive and current index of who and what is most popular in the Blogosphere."
          

        Finding Congressional Testimony

        ProQuest Congressional
        Information from the U.S. legislature, including full text of bills, public laws, committee reports, hearings, Congressional Record, Federal Register, and more government information.

        • To search for testimony given in congressional hearings, choose the Advanced Search option on the left sidebar. 
        • In the search boxes, enter words describing your issue; in the Limit area of the search screen, select only Hearings. 
        • From the search results list, select relevant items. The record of each item will describe a summary of the hearing and list witnesses who testified. Full text of some hearings may be available; look for links labeled "Retrieve selected transcripts" in the Links To section. 
        • If full text of the hearing isn't available online, the library may also have some hearings in print or on microfilm.  To check the library's other access options, search the library catalog by the title of the hearing. 
            

          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?

              Contact:

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

                  
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