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ANTH 230 (Introduction to Economic Anthropology) Course Guide: Home

This guide is intended for students taking Anthropology 230 with Larry van der Est.


Welcome to the ANTH 230 course guide! This guide is intended for students enrolled in ANTH 230: Economic Anthropology.

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These time management tools will help you break down your assignment into manageable steps, and create schedules for you to follow so you can complete your assignment on time!

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Research FAQs

There are a few ways to find articles from the library's website. 

To search all article databases at once: 

1. Go to the library's homepage.

2. Scroll down until you see the search bar 

3. Enter keywords related to your topic & hit search

A screenshot of the library's website

To search in a specific database:

1. Go to the library's homepage.

2. Click on "Find Materials" 

A screenshot of the library's website

3. Click on "All Databases (A-Z)" 

A screenshot of the library's website

4. Select a database from the list

5. Search the database using keywords or short phrases. Watch the video below for more tips on searching Academic Search Complete. 

University of British Columbia. (2015, July 15). Academic Search Complete. [Video file]. Retrieved from

1. Go to the library's homepage

2. Scroll down until you see the search bar 

3. Enter keywords related to your topic or the title of a book & hit search

4. Use the options on the left-hand side to limit to print books or books (which will include ebooks)

Gif showing how to limit to just books in the EDS

  • Make sure you are using keywords to search
  • If your first search doesn't get useful results, try replacing your keywords with synonyms
  • Make sure you are using formal language as keywords 

If you're still stuck, come see a librarian for more help! 

First, make sure the source you are using meets your assignment requirements. For example, avoid using websites if your instructor tells you to only use scholarly articles.

For more tips on evaluating sources, see the evaluating sources page for more information on finding reliable sources. 

Suggested Keywords

When you search the library for books or articles, you will need to search using keywords. Unlike Google, our databases are not very smart and do not understand full sentences. 

To get you started, here's a list of keywords you may want to use when searching for sources:

  • "material goods" 
  • "systems of exchange" OR "market transactions" 
  • "gift giving" OR redistribution OR reciprocity 
  • "balanced reciprocity" OR "symmetrical reciprocity"
  • "Kula ring"
  • Potlatch
  • "means of production"
  • markets OR "market-based societies" OR "market exchange"
  • "Big Man"
  • "command economies" 
  • distribution
  • "social groups" OR "social status" OR politics OR power 

These are just suggestions to get you started. The best keywords to use will depend on your paper topic. 

Learning to search databases takes practice and persistence! If you get stuck, try brainstorming new keywords or trying different combinations of keywords. If you're really stuck, come see a librarian for extra help. 

Meet Your Librarian!

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Joe Haigh
Contact: 604-683-8360 ext. 254

Library Hours

Columbia College Library Hours (Semester Break)
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