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Native North America

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Throughout the term, you will complete various stages of your Augustana Art Museum research project, in which you will focus on one of the North American Indian tribes featured in the Olson-Brandelle collection.


Use the Tredway Library catalog, ALiCat, to search for books. If you're not finding what you need, use I-Share, a catalog of books from the libraries of nearly 80 college & university libraries throughout Illinois.

Searching ALiCat & I-Share:

1. A keyword search for the name of your Native American people may be sufficient.  You'll likely get several results from the "Olson-Brandelle Collection" (the bookcase on the 2nd floor near the circulation desk).
2. Notice the suggestions under "Topics" on the right.  Different names for different groups have been used throughout history; the name you chose for your search may not be the "best" one for the library catalog.  If you see another suggestion, click on it to see a list of books about the group.
3. Browse! You may start to notice that several books you've found in ALiCat are located close to each other on the shelves; books are organized by subject, so head up to that section of the stacks and take a look at other books that are nearby on the shelves.

Scholarly Articles in Anthropology

To quickly get to shortened list of databases that are appropriate for research in anthropology, start at the library homepage and select "Databases," then "Anthropology, Political Science, etc.."

The databases listed below (and others on the social sciences page) will be good resources for anthropology-specific articles, but your research may also be informed by scholarship in other areas. You can find additional databases in these areas by choosing the appropriate link from the "Databases" menu on the library homepage.

A few specific suggestions:

▪ Anthropology Plus (accessible only via the "EBSCO Databases in Anthropology" link on the social sciences page) 
- Click on "advanced search" under the search box at the top of the screen.
- You may wish to narrow your search to "English" at the bottom of the search page.
- After you run your search, expand the "Subject" menu on the left to combine ideas using the suggested vocabulary provided.

▪ AnthroSource
- Click on "advanced search" under the search box at the top of the screen.
- Searching for "all of the words" allows you to search for multiple ideas at once (you don't need to type "AND").
- After you run your search, it may be helpful to narrow using the "focus by" links on the right; if not, return to the advanced search page and refine your search by adding more terms.

- Go right to the "advanced search" screen.
- Below the search area, check the box by "Article," narrow to "English" using the drop-down menu, and limit to appropriate disciplines (Anthropology, Education, Religion, etc.).

▪ Web of Science
- Try various names for your tribe or group, as well as one or two additional keywords
- The "research domains" and "research areas" on the left might be helpful tools for narrowing your results

▪ America: History & Life
This is not an anthropology database - it's a history database that focuses on the history of the Americas - but any articles you find about your culture will likely be very relevant to your research.
- Start with the name of your group, just as you did in ALiCat.
- This database doesn't contain much full text, but that doesn't mean you can't get the articles!  See the Help! section below.

**How can you be sure that you have the "right" kind of article?**

If you choose "peer-reviewed" or a similar option when searching in an online database, you can be confident that the results you find are going to be scholarly. But what if you're in a database where it's unclear how to narrow to scholarly results, or the database doesn't let you do that at all?

▪ Check Ulrich's (in Databases --> Databases A-Z). Enter the title of the journal and click "search." If it is peer-reviewed, it will have an icon that resembles a referee's jersey.

If you're still unsure or if you have problems verifying the journal in Ulrich's, feel free to ask a librarian or Dr. Kaul.

**Help! There's no link to the full text!**

In most cases, just because there's no full-text link right there, that doesn't mean you can't get the article, often right away! Here's how to get your hands on the full text of any article you find:

1. If there's a full-text link in the database you're in, just click on it!
2. If you don't see a full-text link, go to the library homepage and click the "Journals & Magazines" tab. Enter the journal's title to see if the full text is available somewhere else.
3. If Augustana doesn't own the article you're looking for, click on "Interlibrary Loan" under "Research Tools" on the left side of the homepage. It's free, and you'll usually get the article within 3-5 days.


RefWorks allows you to download, manage, and store citations for your research projects. While you're working in any of the databases listed above or searching for books in ALiCat or I-Share, you can add citation information to your online RefWorks database. Once you've completed your research, you can also use RefWorks to format your paper and create your bibliography!

Getting citations from ALiCat & I-Share into RefWorks:

1. If you were searching using the new Basic or Advanced Search, make a note of the titles you'd like to add to your RefWorks database.
2. Click on "Classic View" and do a "title" search for the first title (changing the drop-down box from "any word anywhere" to "title").
3. When the book comes up, scroll to the bottom of the page, make sure it says "full record," and click the "Print/Save" button.
4. A new screen with reformatted text will appear; select all of this text and copy it.
5. In your RefWorks account, choose "import" from the "references" menu on the left.
6. Paste the text into the bottom window. Choose "Augustana College" as the "Import Filter/Data Source" and "ALiCat" as the database. Click "Import" at the bottom.

1. Make a note of the titles you'd like to add to your RefWorks database. (Also note the author, just in case.)
2. Return to the library homepage and click "other catalogs" from the Book Catalogs menu.
3. Choose "WorldCat."
4. Using the title & author information you saved, pull up the record of the first book you'd like to save in RefWorks.
5. Check the box next to the record, then scroll to the bottom of the page and choose the "Export" button.
6. Indicate that you want to export only the selected record to RefWorks, then click "Export."


Need help? Ask a librarian! Visit our help page. 


Created by Anne Earel, Research & Instruction Librarian. Updated September 2015.