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Anthropology 152: Human Evolution

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
–anthropology 13
–Behavioral 20
–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A’s date of publication, and we look forward in time—since the papers that eventually cite Paper A are still unwritten/unpublished when Paper A was published.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

Michael Winter
Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian
288 Shields Library
100 NW Quad
UC Davis


2 Responses to “Anthropology 152: Human Evolution”

  1. mfwinter says:

    I just got back to campus today and I found your two comments. Thanks very much for your kind replies. I am especially glad to hear that you have found the Anthropology 152 blog entry useful for the class. If you have any questions, I’d be glad to try and offer you further help with the material.

  2. Michael Winter says:

    Where there is blogging, there is spamming–My colleague Dan Goldstein just pointed out to me that the two comments received thus far to this post containing a handout from a library instruction session I recently did for a class in Human Evolution appear to be spam. Follow the links to shenjing and shenji and they take you to a website selling athletic shoes! Come to think of it, the two comments did seem to be rather generic, and didn’t make any specific references to content of the class.

    So if anyone from the class has any question about the material, I reiterate that I’d be glad to work with you. But I’m not currently in the market for shoes.

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