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Anthropology 1112 Research Guide: Books & Background Information

A guide to doing research in Archaeology.

Getting Background Information

Encyc. of Anth.         

Encyclopedias, handbooks and reputable topic-specific websites are good starting points for research.  They can help you refine your topic and select words and phrases (search terms) to use in your searches.

The Oxford Companion to Archaeology is good place to start. In the Reference collection at the New Westminster campus, have a look at the World Encyclopedia of Archaeology  and the World Atlas of ArchaeologyIf you are taking this course at the David Lam campus and would like to see these books, we will have them brought over from New Westminster for you.  The Encyclopedia of Anthropology is available at both campuses

Wikipedia maintains a list of archeological sites by continent and age, which can be helpful in choosing a site to research.

Books

 

Reference books, such as encyclopedias and handbooks, are good starting points for research.  They may be available in print or online, and can help you refine your topic and select words and phrases (search terms) to use in your searches.

Use the Library Catalogue to find books and ebooks on your topic.  Start with a KEYWORD search using words and phrases that describe your topic.

When you find a book that addresses your topic well, make note of the SUBJECTS assigned to it. They will be useful in finding more information on the same topic.  You might also find DVDs and streaming videos relating to your topic in the Library Catalogue.