Research tips for Anth 001D: Counterculture
This guide will help you find scholarly articles, books, and more. The resources linked here are related to your course, but many of the suggestions will work for other classes and projects.
1. Visit your librarian!
Librarians are available to help you build your research skills throughout your time at Swarthmore. Please don't hesitate to contact me about an appointment or send questions via email (selichk1). Here are some of the things that I can help you with:
- Finding scholarly articles and books, videos, and other sources of information
- Understanding which databases to use (e.g. AnthroSource, JSTOR) and how to search them
- Improving your search skills
- Evaluating scholarly sources (e.g. looking up how many times have they been cited)
- Citing sources in American Anthropological Style and creating a bibliography
- Organizing your research (including using Zotero or Endnote)
2. Don't just type keywords into a box - find the scholarly conversation.
Scholars build on one another's work. You can trace these relationships by seeing who an author cites, and who cites them. Look at the "Tracing Citations" box on the Scholarly Articles tab for more information.
3. Expand your reach beyond the Tri-College Libraries.
Although the Tri-Co Libraries have many great books and articles available, your research topic might not be well-covered by our collections. Never fear - you have other options (that are free for you to use).
- Book: Find books on topics using Worldcat. Double-check Tripod to make sure we don't own it. Request a copy through EZBorrow (if not available, use ILL).
- Journal Articles: Try searching Google Scholar for the article title, then click Find It @ Swarthmore to see if we have it. If not, place an Article Delivery request to get a PDF by email.