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ANTH350: Dislocation and Heritage


This guide is designed to assist you with your research project for ANTH350: Dislocation and Heritage. On this page you will find tips for planning your research. On the next page, you will find resources for conducting a literature review and an analysis of objects related to your topic. 

Explore Your Topic

Spend several minutes exploring your topic using Google, Wikipedia, or the library reference databases linked below.

Scan a few articles. 

  • List important or new vocabulary related to your topic.
  • List people or groups impacted by your topic.
  • What is something new or unexpected you discovered about your topic? 
  • What do you still want to find out? Make a list of questions (large or small) that you’d like to address through your research. 

Research Tip: How to Narrow Your Search

  • Combine concepts with AND to find more relevant sources
    • picasso AND Africa
    • internet AND privacy
    • bedrock AND Massachusetts AND hydrology
  • Use “quotation marks” to find exact phrases
    • "rock art"
    • “African diaspora”
    • “invertible matrix”

Research Tip: How to Broaden Your Search

  • Use ORs and parentheses to combine synonyms or related terms
    • (oil OR petroleum OR crude)
    • (antibiotic OR antiviral)
    • (woman OR girl OR female)