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ANTH 1400: Biological Anthropology - Blom (Fall 2023)

Getting Started

Use the Anthropology Subject Guide to learn more about anthropology resources available to you in Howe Library and beyond.

Using the Library

  • Library materials may be borrowed with a UVM ID card (CatCard).
  • Library computers are equipped with Microsoft Office products.  These computers require your UVM NetID and password to log in. 
  • You must pay for your print jobs and photocopies with your CatCard.
  • Librarians are available to answer your research questions.  Please stop by the reference desk on the first floor of Howe Library for in-person assistance. You can also ask a question by chat, e-mail, or text through the Ask A Librarian page.

Printing to Library Printers from Laptops, Tablets, and Smartphones

  • You can print from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone by uploading documents to the Pharos Print Center via a web browser.
  • To begin login to the Pharos Print Center with your UVM NetID and password.
  • Upload your documents with your browser.
  • In the print center, you can see your balance, specify black & white or color printing, page range and the number of copies. In addition, you can view your printing activity, delete print jobs and see a print preview. Printers in the library are located in the CyberCafe. Note that unprinted documents are purged after 2 hours.

Research Process

  • Define your research topic or question in one or two succinct sentences.
  • Identify key search terms (and alternate terms).
  • Identify the types of materials you want. (books, magazine articles, scholarly journal articles, etc.)  Become familiar with the UVM Libraries website.
  • Identify the resources you need to use to get these materials (i.e., use CATQuest or the Classic Library Catalog to find books we own, article indexes such as Academic Search Premier to find journal articles, etc.)
  • Conduct initial searches.
  • Based upon results, adjust and refine search terms.  If you are not finding what you need try different search terms. Repeat.
  • Critically evaluate resources for usefulness in answering your research question.
  • Synthesize research into a cohesive, final product that addresses your research question(s); remember to cite your sources.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind when Researching Anthropology Topics

  • Anthropological research is often interdisciplinary research.
  • Search multiple databases across subject areas for information on your topics.
  • Useful information for your topics is found in many formats – books, journal articles, newspaper articles, magazine articles, web pages, and more.  Know how to find all these different formats of information.
  • Beginning your searches with keyword searches is often the best way to start.
  • Be aware of where your information is coming from, purposes, biases.
  • Good anthropological research is thorough research.

Need help?

If you need additional help with your research for this class, please don't hesitate to contact me.  We can set up a time to meet for an individual consultation, and work through all your research questions.