Getting Started with Anthropological Literature

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Stephanie Pierce
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Anthropological Literature, or "AnthroLit"

Anthropological Literature is a database of citations to essays, books, and articles from journals that cover anthropology, archaeology, and related areas.

"AnthroLit" contains citations to "articles and essays on social and cultural anthropology, Old and New World archaeology, physical anthropology and anthropological aspects of related subjects, with an emphasis on Mesoamerican, Native American, and Andean archaeology and ethnology."

The database was originally produced by Harvard University's Tozzer Library and has been produced by Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology since 2010. Anthropological Literature's indexing goes back to the early 1900s.

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Allowed Operators

Wildcards: ? (Single Character), * (variant endings)

so, for example, wom?n retrieves woman or women or womyn, and anthrop* retrieves anthropology, anthropological, anthropologically, and so on. The asterisk * is also used is also used to retrieve either the single or plural version of a word. For example, cat* will retrieve cat and cats.

Connectors: and, or, not

(fetish* or charm* or amulet*) and (magic* or sorcer*) and not ritual*

Adjacency: phrases in quotes; W#, N# [where W means within, N is near, and # is a number]

"body parts" W25 albino*  retrieves citations that have the phrase body parts within twentyfive words of the words (albino or albinos).