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Introduction to Library Research

Basic Reference Resources

Finding Books and Articles

Use the following online catalogs to find books, films, microforms, maps, and other resources on your topic:

Identifying scholarly journals vs. popular and trade magazines

To search for journal articles relevant to your topic use the following online databases:

  • Academic Search Complete
    Access peer-reviewed articles from about 4,000 scholarly journals
  • America: History and Life
    Resources about the United States and Canada from prehistoric times
  • Anthropology Plus
    An EBSCO resource that combines the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Anthropological Index and Harvard University's Anthropological Literature databases. Covers the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and related interdisciplinary research. Indexing covers U.S. and world journals from the early 19th century to present.
  • AnthroSource
    Articles from scholarly anthropology journals
  • eHRAF World Cultures
    Collection of documents about cultures from all over the world
    Archive of full-text articles from scholarly journals
  • Project Muse
    Database of full text articles from scholarly periodicals
  • Routledge Religion Online
    Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Documents from about 2,600 journals
  • Web of Science
    Indexes major anthropology journals

If you already have a citation or just want to browse the contents of a specific journal, use URSUS to find out if we subscribe to it, what format it is in and the dates of coverage.

Article Linker - find out how to locate full texts of articles retrieved from online databases that have this icon (turn on your audio)

Wabanaki Studies Resources

Human Relations Area Files

Image Resources

Unique Online Resources


RefWorks is a citation management tool that allows you to

  • Create lists of citations of resources from your research.
  • Insert citations in your paper from your lists of citations
  • Create a list of references at the end of your paper

Where to go for assistance

Updated by: Jen Bonnet | Revised: 06/30/2014
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