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ANTH 040: TAP Parenting and Childhood - Blom (Fall 2021)

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.  Always save your work to your space on the UVM server (to which you are logged in.)
  • You must pay for your print jobs and photocopies with your CatCard.
  • There are people in the library that can answer your research questions.  Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance, or use the IM or e-mail reference service by selecting from the “Ask a Librarian” options from the library home page.

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 the Classic Library Catalog to find books we own, article indexes 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.