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ANTH 5270: Senior Seminar: World Anthropologies: Home

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General Research Suggestions for this Course

Work from larger to smaller

Include research sources that speak to broader populations than your country/region alone, in addition to research about specific country/region. The broader picture may provide immediate ways to compare similarities and differences. 

Everything you read is useful to help frame the bigger picture and has a place along the trajectory that your topic will take, or not take.


  • International before national
  • Edited collections vs. specific articles
  • Education accreditation before degree/field/specialization accreditation

Reframe your questions more than once = Competency with Synonyms and Variations in Spelling


  • International/global/worldwide
  • department/programme/degree
  • compare/similar or different/resemble
  • search the larger cultural group or location before limiting yourself to smaller communities. 

Be flexible about your sources: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary

Move between content provided by libraries, on the web, and by people.

Keep your Money

Do not enter your credit card on a website to get the information you need. See a librarian about ways we can borrow content for your use, or purchase it for our collections or end users. 


  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  • Patron-recommended purchasing

Mine the resources you've already collected for additional sources they cite, or are highly ranked. 

  • Check out bibliographies at the end of research articles books, or papers.
  • Follow author affiliations

Use Citation Tools to keep track of your discoveries

  • RefWorks is free, and the account stays with you after graduation!

Good research is hard to do well, when crammed into the night before it's due

  • Ask library workers early for help. We help on the spot at the CSD, by appointment, and once we're aware of your information needs, will be thinking of you and your project even after you walk away. We may follow up with more ideas...



Benefits of Librarian Help

The librarian will help you think about information organization

He/She will test your assumptions, identify the holes they perceive in your research, and can make suggetions

We're on your side and want you to be successful!

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Amy Sheehan
Hamline University
Bush Memorial Library, Room 106
1536 Hewitt Ave., MS-C1919
St. Paul, MN 55104