ANTH140 - Introduction to Prehistory


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Fall 2007

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