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ANTH 450: Senior Seminar (HC)

Finding and Working with your Literature

Most of the links on this page are resources (such as databases and catalogs) for finding your literature. You are also likely going to be writing a literature review of your own. Assistant Professor Raul Pachego-Vega writes an amazing blog of writing resources for students, and the section on writing a literature review is especially helpful. 

Literature Reviews

If you are looking for databases carrying material in various languages, consult the International Studies Guide

Starting Points

These databases are good starting points for finding journal articles.

  • The first two survey anthropology scholarship in depth.
  • The third covers all subject areas and is especially good for a first look at cross-disciplinary studies.

Dissertations and Theses

Doctoral students go through an exhaustive literature search when writing their dissertations. They also tend to work on new questions, sometimes ones that have received very little attention from scholars before. Dissertations often include a section or chapter that is a literature review.  You can access many of these dissertations online and benefit from the source lists.

Anthropological Handbooks and Encyclopedia