This section suggests a course of action when researching for your paper.  Follow the links to find more information about particular resources.

Start with your course readings

When you are beginning your search, start with your course readings.  Are there any that are relevant to your topic?

Consider the references from your course readings

Consider the references found in book chapters or journal articles from your course outline.  One way to locate these resources is to enter the title of the article or book into the Summon search engine on the Library's home page.  Summon uses information about what is in our catalogue and most of our databases to respond to searches.  Don't forget to enter the title as a phrase!


Books are organized so that you are introduced to a topic in a way that makes sense.  Consider looking for books before searching for journal articles, and consider returning to books if your journal article search produces confusing results.  Use the table of contents as a guide into your topic.

Journal articles

Yes you can find journal articles using Google Scholar, but consider:

  • can you trust the source of the article?
  • is this the final copy of the article?
  • is this an article that is relevant to Anthropology?

Search databases that contain information about Anthropology resources.

Maps, Atlases, Government Information

Maps present information visually.  Goverment information can present one perspective on relations with indigenous peoples.

Dissertations and Theses

Dissertations and theses are reports of original research conducted in order to obtain a graduate degree.  One aspect of this research is the extensive literature review used to situate the research.  The bibliography from the dissertation may be useful to your paper, if the topic relates to your topic.

Content last updated: December 12, 2018