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Anthropology Plus Guide

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Anthropology Plus brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from the Tozzer Library at Harvard University and the Anthropological Index of the the Museum of Mankind Library of the Royal Anthropological Institute (UK). Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. The index offers excellent coverage of all core periodicals in the field in addition to local and lesser-known journals. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present. There are about 800,000 records in the Anthropology Plus database, and is available to current UT Arlington faculty & students via this web addresses:



The truncation symbol in Anthropology Plus is an asterisk (*), and when this symbol is put at the end of a word, the database will be searched for all of the possible endings--suffixes--for that word and can be used to find variant spellings. For example, the command LABO* will search for both LABOR and LABOUR and all endings of those words.

A phrase is indicated with quotation marks (" ") so that words that are surrounded by quotation marks are searched as a single string. For example, "anthropological genetics" will be searched as a two word phrase.

Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information are AND and OR. The AND is used to connect two different concepts and the OR is used between concepts that are synonymous.

Here are two examples to illustrate some of these points:

LABO* AND migration

The first statement will find material that uses the words "NEANDERTHAL" or "NEANDERTHALS" and then link this set to the items that have the string of letters "DNA." The next statement will find material that uses the words "labor" or "labour" and links these to the word "migration."

John Dillard, MA, MS - - dillard@uta.edu
Social Work and Social Sciences Librarian

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