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Finding Library Materials

Books and multimedia 
To find books on anthropology search using DiscoverUR (use Articles, Books and more to search everything accessible to UR within our library holdings and beyond or use Library Catalog to limit to only UR collections).

Or, just see what has been added to the collection:

Citation Tracking: Finding articles by citation

Once you have one (or more) useful article on a topic, use the references at the end of article to find more sources on your topic using our Citation Search tool.  This helps you see what was written previous to your current article, often called citing backward.


Use Google Scholar to see who has cited your article after it was published.  This helps you see what has been written after your article was published, citing forward.



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Finding Grey literature & Open Web Resources - Advanced Searching Tips

Hierarchy of grey literature denoting the varying degrees of information control and known expertise of the author.

The open web provides a plethora of resources for finding information about and from governmental and non-govermental organizations working to address issues surrounding your topic of research as well as grey literature.

What is grey literature?
Information published by entities (researchers or those working in the field) whose main purpose is NOT publishing (e.g. government and non-government organizations, think tanks, scholarly societies and associations, etc​. Grey literature might be technical documentation, white papers, working papers, symposia, bulletins, unpublished works, technical reports, fact sheets, standards, patents and the like. Watch this video for more info.)

Why is grey literature important?
A large amount of public policy information is published as grey literature.                             

Below are a few advanced Google searching tips for find grey literature:  

  1. Try using Google Advanced Search
  2. Google ignores the word AND as a search operator. But, typing OR in all caps will find similar or related terms [e.g. (Obesity OR overweight OR weight) ("sugar* drink*" OR "soft drink" OR "soft drinks" OR "sweet* beverage*")].
  3. Include search terms like report OR analysis OR summary OR overview OR data [e.g. (Obesity OR overweight OR weight) ("sugar* drink*" OR "soft drink" OR "soft drinks" OR "sweet* beverage*") (report OR analysis OR summary OR overview OR data)]
  4. Search for a particular document type [e.g. (Obesity OR overweight OR weight) ("sugar* drink*" OR "soft drink" OR "soft drinks" OR "sweet* beverage*") filetype:xls].
  5. Search at particular site [e.g. (Obesity OR overweight OR weight) ("sugar* drink*" OR "soft drink" OR "soft drinks" OR "sweet* beverage*")].
  6. Search a particular domain [e.g. (Obesity OR overweight OR weight) ("sugar* drink*" OR "soft drink" OR "soft drinks" OR "sweet* beverage*")  or try other domains like  OR  See a full list of country code domains].
  7. Exclude words by using the "-" sign in front of the word you wish to exclude [e.g. (Obesity OR overweight OR weight) ("sugar* drink*" OR "soft drink" OR "soft drinks" OR "sweet* beverage*") -legislation].
  8. Limit to a particular date range using before:YYYY-MM-DD or after:YYYY-MM-DD [e.g. "Joseph Morelle" abortion after:2022-06-24 before:2022-06-30]

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Browse Public Health Journals

Browse General Public Health journals using Browzine

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Browse Environmental Health journals using Browzine

Environmental Health journals

Browse Epidemiology journals using Browzine

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Browse Mental and Social Health journals using Browzine

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Finding Ethnographies
Ethnographies are written, observational science which provides an account of a particular culture, society, or community based on observation of or interactions with research subjects.  Use this checklist to determine if a scholarly work is an ethnography:

✔️  Written by a trained researcher who gathered their data through participant observation, interviews, or focus groups
✔️  Published in a scholarly journal or by a scholarly press
✔️  Uses information about the culture to explain the phenomena observed in a structured, narrative way
✔️ Tells of events lived by actual individuals 
✔️  Has a time period and location

Ethnographies can be found using DiscoverUR and other anthropology resources listed on this guide.  Search terms to help narrow your search within these databases include: ethnograph* OR ethnology OR autoethnograph* OR "ethnographic fieldwork" OR anthro* OR cultur* OR "social life" OR "case stud*"   Note: Not all ethnographies will have the word ethnography in their titles or abstracts, so you won't know for sure until you've applied the criteria above.  Nor will all case studies will be ethnographies, so use the checklist above to make sure that's what you've found.

The asterisk [*] helps find multiple endings of words; ethnograph* finds you ethnography, ethnographic, ethnographer, etc.

If you’re having trouble finding ethnographies on a particular country or ethnic group, try using broader search terms (e.g. Say you are looking for research on the Pyu and haven’t found a lot, try expanding your search to Burmese OR “Burmese culture” OR Bamar). You can also add terms for the group's ethnographic region or country (e.g Myanmar OR “South* Asia*”).

Doing Ethnography
Search DiscoverUR for ethnog* research method* to find articles, books and media for best practices.