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Use this guide to find books, articles, databases, and other resources for research in Anthropology.

Why would you use a background source?

Use background sources, such as encyclopedias, textbooks, and Wikipedia, to:

  • get an overview of a topic (what people are currently researching/thinking about in a subject area)
  • find new key words to help you search more effectively
  • use their citations to find primary, scholarly literature on the topic area

Background sources are generally not appropriate to cite in scholarly papers.

Background Resources

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