Identify the key words that describe your topic and use them to search the library catalog and databases. Make a list of synonyms and search with those, too. Enclose words in "quotation marks" when you want multiple words to express one idea or concept. You can also combine keywords using AND/OR to broaden or narrow your search.
The name of your culture or cultures ("Siberian Yupik"; Haida, etc.)
Your specific topic (colonialism, "oral literature", language, etc.)
Synonyms and antonyms of the above or different spellings
Words and phrases taken from the indices of your course books
This resource is the combination of Anthropology Index and Anthropological Literature. Provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. Covers over 2500 journals, 19th century to the present. Updated quarterly.
Clarivate Analytics' premier citation databases in the sciences (physical, life and social) and arts & humanities. Search for articles that cite a known author or work or by standard search queries. Covers 1864 to the present.
A collection of full-text articles from over 3000 scholarly journals, many dating from the nineteenth-century to the last 4 or 5 years. A growing number of titles are available through the current issues, as part of their "Current Scholarship Program". Select Advanced Search to strategically search amongst 45 disciplines. Choose PDF from within JStor to properly view and print articles. For convenience, JStor is now searchable on Facebook.
Index to content from core journals in all areas of the social sciences. Provides lists of sources cited, plus publications citing the original article. Also known as SSCI. Publications from 1900 - present.