Begin your literature review as soon as possible. Ideally, you already started doing some research while refining and adjusting your topic idea.
What is a literature review?
A literature review provides an overview of the scholarly literature (e.g. books, articles, dissertations, proceedings) relevant to an area of research or theory. The review typically includes a summary of the major questions in an area and critical evaluations of previous work. Literature reviews are also helpful for their comprehensive bibliographies.
Literature reviews typically include these components:
For more detail see this webpage by the UC Santa Cruz Library. The following resources are great places to start when compiling a comprehensive bibliography.
Also consult reference works, encyclopedias, and handbooks to help identify relevant terminology.
Create a Search Strategy
Search Databases and Catalogs
The library catalog and these databases are good places to start for most anthropology projects:
Ethnographies can be tricky to find since they are not classified in a consistent way. See this page for advice on identifying and finding ethnographies. Emory also has a few specialized tools that can help you find find books and films.
Check peer review status: If the journal itself or the database you searched does not tell you if a journal is peer-reviewed (refereed), Ulrich's Periodicals Directory can help. Search for the journal title (NOT the article title). If the journal is peer-reviewed it will have the "referee" icon next to it.