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FYS: Lost Continents, Ancient Astronauts, & Mysterious Moundbuilders: Pseudoscience, Epistemology & Human: Home


Welcome! You've found the research guide for Dr. Thacker's FYS: Lost Continents, Ancient Astronauts, & Mysterious Moundbuilders: Pseudoscience, Epistemology & Human. If you run into any obstacles or need more assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. ~ Carolyn McCallum

Database Search Tips

Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to narrow or broaden your search and to exclude terms in your search.

  • AND – narrows a search (ex. media AND violence – both terms have to appear in articles for database to retrieve)
  • OR – broadens a search (ex. college OR university – articles with either term will be retrieved by database)
  • NOT – excludes terms in search (ex. bulimia NOT anorexia – articles with only the term bulimia will be retrieved by database)


Truncation - Use the * (asterisk symbol) to search for variations of the root of a word (e.g. wom* - will retrieve search results with woman, women, womanly, womanhood)


Exact phrase - Use quotation marks around a phrase to retrieve results that include the exact phrase (e.g. "Nazca lines" or "Kennewick Man".


Use the built-in database filters to limit your search results! - Most interfaces let you limit by publication date, subject, format and more. These features will help you hone your search strategy to find the most relevant sources!

Finding Background Information on One's Research Topic

Anthropology Encyclopedias & Reference Works

Subject specific encyclopedias are a good starting point for researching a topic. Articles in subject specific encyclopedias are typically written by scholars or experts in the field. Using them at the beginning of one's research can help in determining key terms to use in searching the library's catalog and databases. A bibliography containing citations for books and/or journal articles can often be found at the end of articles in subject specific encyclopedias, and these citations can be used to identify other sources on one's topic.

Databases -- General & Subject

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Indexes periodicals, journals, and edited works, with an emphasis on archaeology, anthropology, and linguistics.

Provides abstracts, indexing, and full-text for journals covering the social sciences, humanities, education, and more.

Database offers indexing and full text for hundreds of academic journals, providing extensive coverage across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work and sociology.

A full-text database of archived issues of academic journals. Since JSTOR is a backfiles project, a typical coverage range is the beginning of a journal until three or five years ago. Includes many Anthropology and Archaeology journals.

Contains three ISI Citation Databases (Science Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index), plus Biological Abstracts, MEDLINE (PubMed), and the SciELO Citation Index, which together index over 8,000 peer-reviewed journals. Provides bibliographic data, author abstracts, and cited references. Useful for searching databases for articles that cite a known author or work. Citation searching also allows a researcher to use a given work as a subject term in order to identify more recent articles about the same topic.

Anthropology Liaison

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Carolyn McCallum
ZSR Library
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Subjects: Anthropology

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  • Searching for scholarly (aka peer-reviewed) articles in ProQuest and EBSCO databases
  • Using Google Scholar at WFU
  • Installing and using Zotero
  • Searching in Primo, ZSR's discovery interface / catalog
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