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General Library Resources for Anthropology Students.

eReference for Background Research

General eReference Sources for Background Research

Use Gale Virtual Reference Library and Sage Knowledge for background inforation about your topic. Enter your term or phrase, find "Overview" type articles to find out the background, sub-topics, and literature reviews to find key words, key dates, key names and events or legislation. This will help you narrow and focus your topic.

For field specific background reference:

Using Wikipedia for Academic Research?

Using Wikipedia for Academic Research?

 How do I use Wikipedia?

  • Background research--key names, dates, issues, people to use in searching for journal articles
  • References list--links to sources, some journals, books, websites
  • External links--to other sources and websites that might be useful

When do I NOT use Wikipedia?

  • Never cite a Wikipedia entry in your paper--academic work never cites any encyclopedic work. Special encyclopedias are a part of your personal background research for overview and to help find other sources.
  • When the article has a "bad" grade--below a "B" you shouldn't even look at it

Anthropological Fieldwork