Use reference materials for background information for your topic, or to find good keywords to use when searching databases. These are dictionaries, encyclopedias, guides, bibliographies, indexes and abstracts.
To find reference materials in the catalogue, perform a KEYWORD search and set the LOCATION to the REFERENCE COLLECTION.
For other resources please see the subject guide for Anthropology .
Abstracts in Anthropology 
SER GN1.A2 [also online]
Annual review of anthropology 
STF GN11 BIBL .B562[also online]
Anthropology in use : a source book on anthropological practice 
REF GN397.5 BIBL .V38
Cultural anthropology : a guide to reference and information sources 
REF GN42 .J33 2007
Dictionary of concepts in cultural anthropology 
Encyclopedia of anthropology 
REF GN11 .E63 2006 [5v.]
Encyclopedia of cultural anthropology 
REF GN307.E52 [4v.]
Encyclopedia of international development 
REF HD82 .E547 2005
Globalization : a reference handbook 
REF JZ1318 .E77 2008
Globalization and development : a glossary 
REF JZ1318 .M374 2005
Globalization : the key concepts 
REF JZ1318 .G6792 2007
International dictionary of regional European ethnology and folklore 
REF GN307 .I5 [2v.]
Database searching is NOT like Google! Most do not support natural language searching. You have to be precise in the words that you select.
Join concepts together using AND and OR.
Use AND when the concepts are not related such as globalization AND development. This
narrows the search as both of those words must be in the information that is being
Use OR when the concepts are similar, and it does not matter which word is
found in the information that is being returned. For instance, climate OR environment. This broadens the search.
Use truncation when you want to allow for several spellings or variations on a
word. For instance, Canad* can stand for Canada, Canadian, Canadians...
Tip: If you wish to replace exactly 1 letter, use ? (question mark) rather than * (asterisk). Example: wom?n
Tip: Most complex search strings are evaluated left to right. To make sure that you are grouping concepts together correctly, use parentheses. For instance, Canad* AND (climate OR environment) AND (globaliz* OR devel*)
Key phrases are groups of words that always appear together. Although some databases will evaluate them as one unit, not all do (for instance, the catalogue will perform an AND keyword search). There is a difference between results where the words occur together in a record and where the words appear in an unspecified location throughout the record: it is much more likely that your results will be about your topic if they appear together as a phrase.
Tip: To be sure that your words are evaluated as a key phrase, enclose them in double quotation marks. For instance: "economic development".
Want more information and options? Check out the help pages in the databases and in the catalogue!
Use the catalogue to find books, government documents, conference proceedings, and journals. Only the titles of journals are included in the catalogue: use the databases for searching for individual article titles.
If you know the title of the item you seek, perform a title  search.
If you know the author, perform an author  search. Enter the author's name with the surname first.
Otherwise, try a keyword  search. Scroll down the keyword search page to get help with all the kinds of keyword searches that you can do.
Once you find one or more good books, look at the SUBJECT headings that have been used. Follow those SUBJECT heading links to find related books.
You may wish to browse the following journals:
To find other articles, seach the journal articles databases. Consult the journal articles tab of the Anthropology subject page. Here are some suggested databases:
Consult the Government Information pages , particularly for the Google custom search engines, links to government search guides, statistics, databases and other government information.
These guides may be helpful:
Statistical publications, for example, Human development report , are sometimes available in paper (DDV UN1 D .H72 Latest edition in MRR) and on the Internet. Also consult:
To find statistical yearbooks for countries and regions, perform a keyword  search: statistical yearbooks and choose Government Documents as the Location. Come to the MRR (Maps, Data and Government Information/Reference, Floor 2) section next to the MADGIC Info Desk to browse the collection of yearbooks.
We provide an extensive collection  of atlases, sheet maps, wall maps, globes, air photos, microforms, digital mapping, and cartographic reference works.
Dissertations and theses produced at Carleton University can be found in the catalogue. Perform a KEYWORD search, restricting the LOCATION to THESES. Here are some examples:
Yes, you can use Google (try Google Scholar ) or any other Internet search engine to locate resources... but how do you know when what you have found is authoritative and trustworthy? Consult this page:
You may want to find answers for these questions:
Tip: If you find an article abstract that is interesting, but you cannot find the full text online, copy all the information from the citation as you will need this information to locate the full text through our subscriptions. Look up the name of the journal in which the article is found (not the name of the article!) in the catalogue to see if we have a subscription. If we do, select the link that will provide access to the right volume and issue (or locate it on the shelf for print subscriptions).
Tip: If there is any doubt as to whether an article is academic or peer-reviewed, you can consult
or confirm it with your professor or with a librarian before using it.