Finding Background Information
The following selected reference resources may be useful for browsing for and finding background information about your topic ideas.
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:
- the Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World's Cultures
- the Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology
- and many other notable titles.
SEARCHING FOR ARTICLES WITH LIBRARY DATABASES
For information on distinguishing a scholarly article from other types of articles, see What is a scholarly article?.
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.
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.
- Google Blog Search
Search for blogs and blog posts.
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
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.
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
- Chicago Manual of Style (Purdue Online Writing Lab)
- Chicago Style (Trexler Library, Muhlenberg College)
- Chicago/Turabian Documentation Style (Writing Center, University of Wisconsin--Madison)
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