AN 109 Introduction to Anthropology

Citation / Bibliography guides 


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Selecting databases 

Online electronic databases such as Academic Search Premier and Expanded Academic ASAP provide access to  magazine and journal articles.  These two databases cover a broad selection of publications, some scholarly and some for a more popular audience. Both databases allow you to limit your searches to scholarly "peer reviewed" publications.

Use scholarly databases for more academic, in-depth research, and peer reviewed articles; search for scholarly articles by selecting subject databases such as those listed below: 

Scholarly databases

Anthropology Discovery search
Anthropological Literature
eHRAF world cultures from Yale University
SocINDEX with Full Text
Ethnic NewsWatch

Identifying scholarly articles and journals

Scholarly journals: aka = Peer reviewed, research journals usually have the following elements in common:

  • Peer Review (Refereed)  - Blind, double blind.  Subject specialists review the submitted research for its viability to be published within the journal
  • Follow citation guidelines for citing sources common within that scholastic discipline
  • Place of FIRST published research on a topic
  • Often more than one author, particularly in scientific research
  • Ethics statement - how human and animal subjects are treated within experiments
  • Use research methods tied to the subject discipline.

Scholarly article common elements:

  • Abstract (summary of article often written by author)
  • Footnotes/References
  • May include survey or study results
  • Discussion based on research and subject expertise
  • Conclusion

Scholarly article example:

Trager, K. D. (2005). Reading in the borderland: An ethnographic study of serious readers in a mega-bookstore cafe. Communication Review, 8(2), 185-236. doi:10.1080/10714420590953316.

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