6 August 2009
Shields Library Instruction Room
ANT152 Human Evolution
Part 1. Locating known item. Periodical article.
- McHenry, H.M. (1994). Behavioral Ecological Implication of early hominid body size. Journal of Human Evolution 27, 77-87.
- Begossi, Alpina. (1992). The use of optimal foraging theory in the understanding of fishing strategies: A case from Sepetiba Bay (Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil). Human Ecology 20, 4: 463-475.
Sidebar: see “Anatomy of a Citation.”
Step 1: Choose Database/Subject Guides
- Anthropology Plus
- Biosis Previews
Step 2: Dealing with a zero posting (i.e. failure)–typos and other errors are common. Question:
What’s wrong with this picture (i.e. where’s the error in the cite?)
Step 3: try truncation/wildcard strategy: search root or stem of a word with # or *
Part 2. Locating known item: book. S.L. Washburn, ed. (1961). Social Life of Early Man. Chicago:
Aldine Publishing Company.
Step 1: Harvest Library Catalog for items held at UCD
Note: Catalogs contain records for items like books, maps, videos, etc–but not for articles, chapters, etc. I.e. for items added as wholes, not their constituent parts.
Melvyl: for items held at any of the 10 UC campuses
WorldCat for national and international coverage
Part 3. Topic search (or, alternatively put, search for item not yet known)
Step 1. Sidebar: Your interests? Review course materials. talk to instructor, browse an encyclopedia, a periodical index, consult a reference librarian.
Step 2. Optimal Foraging Theory (OFT)
Sample Biosis Previews search with limits
Optimal foraging theory 65
–Article (document type) 15
Step 3. Paper A identified, “Use of OFT in fishing.” Skim abstract. Stay in Biosis Previews, click on title field.
Step 4. Skim paper——UC e-Links to go to Paper A.
Part 4. The Citation Trail.
Step 1. Need 3 refs cited by Paper A. (I.e. in Paper A’s bibliography)
Step 2. Locate the 3 cited papers. Back to UC e-Links
Step 3. Now find 3 papers citing/that cite Paper A
Sidebar: Reversing time’s arrow: “cited by” vs. “citing.”
When we look for the papers that cite Paper A, we start with Paper A’s date of publication, and we look forward in time—since the papers that eventually cite Paper A are still unwritten/unpublished when Paper A was published.
Citation Status of paper Direction of time’s arrow
- Cited papers Back to past
- Citing papers Forward to future
Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian
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