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Help finding resources for your research.

Use the tabs above to navigate through the pages of this tutorial.  Each tab is a page that provides information on finding that material type of material.

ANTH-AHCL 1200H Library Assignment

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Library Skills Tutorials

There are three basic tutorials you must read, in order to find your way around library research. If you haven't already seen them, take a few minutes now.

For more tutorials, see the Library Tutorials page.


Welcome to the Anthropology Subject Guide.  In the pages of this guide find information about and links to important resources in Anthropology.

Use the tabs across the top to navigate around the guide.

If you need help, don't forget to check out the tutorials.  You can also ask at the Service Desk or email me to ask a question. 

Getting Started

Where you look for information in Anthropology and Archaeology depends on what you hope to find. There is no ONE PLACE to search for everything. Scholarly documents are often "owned" by an organization and you need to search a specific database to find them.

Before you start searching, know what you want to find:

Then think about keywords because they'll affect what you find. Plan where you want to search and what terms you will search for. The plan may change as you review your results and learn from them.

Course textbooks and Reserve readings are usually a great place to start, since they provide background reading and often include a bibliography. Check to see what's already available for your course. The list of books under "Find Books" may also offer helpful background reading and bibliographies.

We have a set of 3 online tutorials that will get you started with your research: see the links on the left. You should read these tutorials before trying to do your research - it will save you time and frustration. Once you get beyond those basics, there may be other tutorials you want to check out.


Finding Persistent Links

Need to find persistent links to articles for your Anthropology paper? 

Persistent links can be found in several ways.   They can also be tricky, because different people have access to different sites, depending on whether they belong to a library that's paid for access.  So you need to keep your audience in mind.  If it's for a Trent person, it's a good idea to make sure it goes through the proxy server, to provide off-campus access.

Choose where you want the link to go - the abstract in an index or the provider of the full text.  Look for options at the site you want to link to:

  • a DOI
  • "Permalink", "Durable URL", or similar wording
  • "Share" usually provides a full link

If  you accessed the article from off-campus and logged in through the proxy server, you usually get a link with the proxy included - look for "trentu" in the link.  This allows a Trent user to access from off-campus.  But if you were on a Trent computer when you accessed it, it probably won't have the "trentu" part of the link and that link will only be effective if you're on campus.

A doi is a way for anyone to find that particular article online.  To use it, you create a url that goes through the DOI website, which directs them to that page.  A doi on its own might be enough, because all you need to do is put that in Google and you find the article.  But a true link would include both the DOI website and the proxy prefix like this:  Make sure you don't leave any spaces in the link to the doi and don't capitalize the letters "doi".

It's always a good idea to try your link in a different browser to make sure it works.  Use a different browser so that it's not affected by your cache or history.

Recent Articles from the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology

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