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ANTH140 Introduction to Prehistory

ANTH140 Introduction to Prehistory

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  • 1. ANTH140: Introduction to Prehistory Essay Assignment http://lib.colostate.edu/research/anthro/anth140.html Cathy Cranston Librarian
  • 2. The Year is 4007
    • Remnants of a civilization in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the shadow of the Horsetooth formation have been found
    • The foundation of a vast building was uncovered in the center of an ancient town
    • The building appeared to be a repository of human knowledge
    • Around the year 2007 it is hypothesized that humans had to make a journey to this building to touch objects called journals, books and computers in order to discover information
  • 3. The Year is 4007
    • Evidence suggests that the most successful data gatherers at the turn of the 21 st century had these traits in common:
      • They started gathering early
      • They took good notes about their sources as they gathered
      • If stuck, they asked questions of the wise old sages of their village…people known as “Librarians”
  • 4. Unearthing Information Archaeological research Library research
  • 5. Top Tip
      • From the readings
      • From class discussions
      • Any other culture that archaeologists have studied except for the Maya
    • Curiosity breeds success with research!
  • 6. Start the Digging
    • Use The Encyclopedia of Prehistory
    Located in the REFERENCE section on Morgan Library’s main floor: Call # GN710 .E53 2001  Contains information on… time period location Important sites environment settlements economy suggested readings and more…
  • 7. Start the Digging
    • Use The Encyclopedia of Prehistory
    Located in the REFERENCE section on Morgan Library’s main floor: Call # GN710 .E53 2001 
  • 8. Unearthing Sources at the Library
    • Read your assignment carefully
    • Gather background information
    • Pick the right tool to find:
      • a book or chapter from a book
      • articles from professional journals or chapters from edited books
      • a Web site
      • and another source
  • 9. Book or chapter from a book
    • In the year 2000 the tool humans used to find books was the Library Catalog
  • 10. http://lib.colostate.edu
  • 11. Do a keyword search to find more “hits” Do a subject search to be more precise
  • 12. Articles from professional journals
    • In the year 2000 the tools humans used to find articles were Research Databases
    • These research databases had cryptic names such as:
            • Academic Search Premier
            • JSTOR
            • Web of Science
  • 13. http://lib.colostate.edu
  • 14. Academic Search Premier
    • A general database
    • 8000+ journals/magazines/newspapers
    • Some full-text but all articles available via the FindIt button
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  • 18. JSTOR
    • Covers core journals in specific disciplines
      • Anthropology
      • Archaeology
      • Classics
    • Fewer journals
    • All full-text
    • Articles from way back when…watch the date!
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  • 20. More Research Databases
    • Links found on your class web page
    • Web of Science
    • Article First
    • Project Muse
    • Abstracts in Anthropology
    • Social Sciences Abstracts
  • 21. Web Site
    • In the year 2000 the tools humans used to find web sites were Search Engines and Directories
  • 22. Evaluate the Web Site
    • When you find something, ask yourself
      • Who wrote the information on this site?
      • Are they qualified to publish this type of information?
      • Is the information backed with any sort of bibliography?
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  • 26. Leave a trail…Cite your Sources
    • APA, MLA and other styles
    • http://lib.colostate.edu/research/style/
    • Guides for Specific Documentation Systems
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  • 28. Need more help?
    • This presentation and useful resources for this assignment can be found at:
    • Get in touch with me
    • Ask at the Information Desk