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Anthropology: Online Resources

Oniline Resources Anthropology

Google Scholar

Google Scholar

What we love about Google Scholar: Who DOESN'T love Google: powerful, fast, and bountiful!

What drives us crazy about Google Scholar: Many of the articles in Google Scholar are not full-text unless you pay money. Hint: We have found that citations with a "PDF" on the right side of the screen usually are full-text. 

Not able to find the full-text for free? E-mail the citation (the basic information) to me, and we will try to track down the article. Never pay for an article! If we can't get it for free, we might be able to pay for it, but you should never pay for an article!

Google Scholar Search

Google News

Google News

 

Google News aggregates headlines from news sources worldwide, groups similar stories together and displays them according to each reader's personalized interests.

When doing a search in Google News, notice:

"Sections" on the left side of the page. These are similar to different sections you would see in a print newspaper. For example, if you are interested in the economics of dementia, you might limit your search to the Business section. Note that there are more sections than appear by default. Click "add a section" in the upper right corner for more choices. 

Results Display. Google uses a complex formula to identify the order of the results. You should not assume the most recent results are at the top of the list -- they are more likely to be the most "popular."

Similar Articles. If you find an interesting article and want to see more like it, click the double "up arrow" icon next to the story to get related articles.

 

To search Google News click here: news.google.com

 

Text adopted from UC San Diego Library

How do I determine if a website is reliable?

CRAAP Test

Adapted from the Meriam Library, California State University, Chico

Currency: Timeliness of the information

When was the information published or posted?  Has the information been revised or updated?  Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?

 

Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.

Who is the intended audience?  Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs?) Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper?

 

Authority: The source of the information

Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?  What are the author’s credentials or organization affiliations?  Is the author qualified to write on the topic?  Does the url say anything about the source?

 

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.

Where does the information come from?  Is the information supported by evidence?  Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?

 

Purpose: The reason the information exists.

What is the purpose of the information?  Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade?  Do the authors make their intentions or purpose clear?  Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?  Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?

Fact Checking

Fact Checking Tips

When you come across articles like this you want to keep five things in mind:

  • Check your emotions- We are less likely to question things that cause us extreme joy or anger. Many websites that want clicks will purposefully create headlines, or stories, that invoke these emotions. If you find yourself feeling strongly about a headline, you'll want to look into it more.
     
  • Check for previous work: Look around to see if someone else has already fact-checked the claim or provided a synthesis of research.
     
  • Go upstream to the source: Go “upstream” to the source of the claim. Most web content is not original. Get to the original source to understand the trustworthiness of the information.
     
  • Read laterally: Read laterally. Once you get to the source of a claim, read what other people say about the source (publication, author, etc.). The truth is in the network. We will be covering this more in Unit 9.
     
  • Circle back: If you get lost, hit dead ends, or find yourself going down an increasingly confusing rabbit hole, back up and start over knowing what you know now. You’re likely to take a more informed path with different search terms and better decisions.

 

Fact Checking Websites

There are a number of very good fact checking websites out there that I go to when someone sends me an email, posts something on social media, or tells me a "true" story that gives me pause

Adapted from Web Literacy for Fact Checkers by Michael A. Caulfield.

Websites

American Anthropological Association. Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology.

Anthropology Resources on the Internet. From the American Anthropological Association. 

Anthropology Resources on the Internet. From the Virtual Library.

California Academy of Sciences: Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology Tutorials. From Palomar College.

Anthropology News (NY Times)

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