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Research Tips

TIP: Trying to find the latest archaeological discoveries?

Try using Archaeological News or for the United Kingdom use Council for British Archaeology's British and irish Archaeology Newsfeed.

TIP: Need help finding biographical information on a specific anthropologist?

Try Anthropological Biography Web, a site maintained by anthropology students at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Need help?

Not sure how to begin your research?  Try following the sequence listed below:

  1. Check sources for background information. Look for the who, what, when and where of your topic in an online or print dictionary or encyclopedia.
  2. Develop a thesis statement.
  3. Breakdown your thesis statement by concept using the most unique words in the sentence.
  4. Check most useful and useful research databases. Check your topic in discipline based databases to find specific journal articles and some book references.
  5. Search OneSearch, the CSULB online catalog. Find an electronic or print book, links to full-text  journal articles, and/or streaming media using keywords on your topic.
  6. Search selected Internet sites. Search for your topic on selected anthropology sites. Media sites may add interest and currency to your research.
  7. Cite your resources using the American Anthropological Society citation method. The AAA uses The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition, 2003) and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition, 2006) style manual.
  8. If you need further assistance contact the Anthropology Studies Librarian.  Contact Info:  Send Email.

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