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ANT 317: Fundamentals of Archaeology

Use Fogler library resources to compile a list of 15 references on some archaeological topic of interest to you. Any archaeological subject is fair game – but your subject must be appropriately specific (no searches on general terms such as “archaeology” or “anthropology”). Your 15 references must include both books and peer-reviewed journal articles.

Find books on your topic

Selected reference books for background information on your topic

Selected books on archaeological methods and theory

Search the library catalog for books on your topic

  • URSUS - UMaine's library catalog of electronic and print books as well as journals, videos, maps, and more
  • MaineCat - catalog of library collections across Maine, including books from Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Colleges

Example subject terms to use in URSUS 

  • animal remains--archaeology
  • archaeological dating
  • archaeology and art
  • archaeology and religion
  • archaeology---philosophy
  • excavations--archaeology
  • excavations--archaeology---Maine (to find site reports of archaeological excavations)

*Also look for key terms on your topic in URSUS book records and journal articles

Find articles on your topic 

Peer Review
What are scholarly peer-reviewed articles?
  • Usually published in scholarly journals
  • Well-researched original articles on specialized topics written by scholars
  • Author affiliation and contact details are provided
  • There is an abstract at the beginning of peer-reviewed articles
  • Contain in-text citations and a list of references at the end
  • May include charts tables, graphs, and other statistical data
  • Use subject-specific language that include technical terms unique to the field
  • Presented in sections such as Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion
  • Subjected to intense critiques by a team of subject specialists who are peers of the author(s)
Not sure if the journal article you've found is peer-reviewed? You can find the journal on the free web and see if it has an editorial board or if there's an explicit mention of peer review for submissions.
World Archaeology is an example.

Example popular article on Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Example peer reviewed article on Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Scholarly journals vs popular/trade magazines

Article databases

Selected e-journals

Need images for your presentations?
Try ARTstor for archaeological images
Try Google Images, with their new and improved search features

Citing your sources

Use the American Anthropological Association Style Guide

Using Fogler Library Off-Campus Access
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Created by: Jen Bonnet | Revised: 04/02/2014
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