ANTHRO R5B: Digital anthropology

Research process

What's it look like?

Be Critical

Critically Analyzing Information Sources (Cornell)

Doing good research requires different skills than searching. Searching online encourages ways of thinking that can create false expectations and poor research results. Here are a few tips:

  • Slow down.
  • Look at the advanced search page
  • Iterative searching
    • Learn from the search results
    • Too many results? Too few?
    • Look at citations from good sources
  • Try
    • Various keywords
    • Various subjects
    • Multiple databases (information silos!)

Searching for scholarly sources

  • choose the right database
  • limit results to "peer-reviewed" sources

Cite your sources

Open access publishing

Short definition: Free availability and unrestricted use.

More complete definition from the Budapest Open Access Intiative:

By "open access" to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.
Last Update: May 21, 2013 16:14