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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.
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.
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:
"systems of exchange" OR "market transactions"
"gift giving" OR redistribution OR reciprocity
"balanced reciprocity" OR "symmetrical reciprocity"
"means of production"
markets OR "market-based societies" OR "market exchange"
"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.