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This Research Guide

Your Research Librarian has compiled a guide to assist your Visual Anthropology resources.

This guide will be helpful when finding information for your assignments.

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find books.

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find a majority of information for your topic. There are to use, and you should use both as the databases cover different aspects of your topic.  

3) Find Reference/Background Information

Use these resources to find general information about anthropology.

4) Find Images

You'll need to have images for your presentation, and there are two very good resources to help you find ones that visually represent your topic.

5) Schedule an Appointment

Here's where you can schedule your group to meet with a Research Consultant at the Library.

Print Resources

Steps to Research

Below is an outline for simple and effective strategies for finding information for your research paper. Remember we are willing to help you research. 

Identify and Develop Your Topic: 

1) State your topic idea as a question. For example, if you are interested in objectivity in anthropological films, you might pose the question, "What effect does objectivity have on the production of anthropological filmmaking?"

2) Identify the main concepts or keywords in your question. In this case they are objectivity, anthropological, and filmmaking.

3) Find the History: Background Information on Your Topic. After you identify your research topic and keywords that describe it, these articles will help you understand the context (historical, cultural, disciplinary) of your topic. The most common sources are subject encyclopedias and dictionaries. 

4) Check-out Books: Use the Library Catalog for call numbers of books (as well as video and audio).

5) Find Articles in Journals, News Sources, Magazines. Use on-line databases to find articles in journals, newspapers, and magazines (periodicals). 

6) Find Video and Sound Recordings

7) Evaluate What You Find. Evaluating the authority, usefulness, and reliability of the information you find is a crucial. Questions to ask print, multimedia titles, or Web pages are similar.

8) Cite What You Find. Documenting sources serves two purposes, it gives proper credit to the authors of materials used, and it allows those who are reading your work to learn more by reading your references. 

 Paraphrased from Cornell University Libguide: