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FYS: Lost Continents, Ancient Astronauts and Mysterious Moundbuilders: Pseudoscience, Epistemology and the Science of the Human Past: Home

Spring 2024 - Dr. Paul Thacker


This research guide is designed for students taking Dr. Thacker's FYS: Lost Continents, Ancient Astronauts and Mysterious Moundbuilders: Pseudoscience, Epistemology and the Science of the Human Past. If you need more help, please don't hesitate to schedule a research consultation.

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

Anthropology Liaison

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Carolyn McCallum
ZSR Library
Resource Services, 270D
Subjects: Anthropology

Hu Womack

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Hu Womack
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ZSR Library Room 456
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