The databases below are among the best to use when performing research in Anthropology. For an expanded listing of possible resources, see the Anthropology listing in the Electronic Databases by Subject. If the article’s full text is not immediately available, use the Journal Finder to help you locate the full-text. (Just type in the title of the journal to see where it is available.) If we do not have access to it, you can request the article via Sewanee ILL, our interlibrary loan program.
Finding peer reviewed articles is often as easy as clicking a checkbox in a library database, but only some of those peer reviewed articles contain primary research studies (also called empirical research studies).
What is a primary research study?
Here are some search tips for finding primary research studies:
1. Use the library databases.
You can still use the same databases to find primary research studies as you would use to find any other peer reviewed sources. Primary research studies are published in academic journals and the library databases help you sift through those journal articles.
2. Try adding “research” or “study” to your search terms. Add this in a separate box from your other search terms.
3. While adding these terms to your search may help, the best way to distinguish a primary study from any other peer reviewed article is by looking at the abstract and the article itself.
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