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ANT 351: South American Archaeology: Presentations & Finding Scholarly Sources

Course guide to support the presentation assignments in ANT351. Fall 2018

General Resources

Basic Information

Other Resources on South America

Finding Scholarly Information

Approximately 90% of the information available on the web is in the invisible web, the part of the web that is not visible to the search engines.  Scholarly articles are part of the invisible web and can only be accessed through the Libraries' home page (which includes this guide). In order to complete this assignment, you are required to have three scholarly sources.  

The best way to start searching for scholarly information is to know a little bit about the subject.  If you do not know your animal's or plant's scientific name, you will need to look it up in an encyclopedia.  

Once you have the scientific name, use some of the sources listed below and put in the following:

[common name] or [ scientific name]

combine this with the words "history" or "origin" or "domestication"

This strategy should give you articles on the domestication of the plant or animal of your choice.

Some good sources for scholarly information are listed below.

Finding Information on Your Topic

The first action to take when beginning your search for information is to define your topic. A good way to begin is to go to a general source such as Wikipedia (an informative but not an authoritative source) to get basic information on your subject. This will help you with terminology to expand or narrow your search. For example if you are looking for information on complex societies you may want to narrow your search by specifying the society. Your text books and readings would be a good source to help you with this process.

Some good sources of information to find scholarly information on this topic are:

Food Encyclopedias

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