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Learn about the types of academic texts that you can access from the library for your discipline.
Most writings for anthropology and archaeology can be found in books or articles. Articles appear in books that are edited anthologies (collections on a specific topic) or in academic journals. These can be read either online or in print.
Most of the print books and journals for anthropology and archaeology are located in the Arts and Social Sciences Library.
These are original works in which anthropologists and archaeologists write directly about research topics and their findings. They often take the form of books or articles. Other primary sources that give insights into the work of anthropologists and archaeologists are: letters, diaries, fieldnotes, maps, oral histories, testimonies, films and audio recordings.
These are commentaries on the original works of anthropologists and archaeologists. They often discuss other texts while also dealing directly with a topic. Texts on, or about, a primary text are known as secondary texts. These are often read alongside the primary texts they refer to.
These are a great place to start your research as they contain useful summaries of key themes, concepts or a scholar's ideas. These include:
These in-depth, scholarly books are important for further research once you have grasped the basics.
Articles are published regularly in journals, also known as periodicals. These contain up-to-date and in-depth content for your assignments. They are peer-reviewed by anthropologists and archaeologists to ensure that they are of high quality. Anthropology and archaeology are dynamic disciplines. By reading journal articles, you keep up to date with quick-paced research before it becomes incorporated in books.
Some journals focus on just one area of the discipline, such as The Journal of Human Evolution or The Journal of Archaeological Science, whereas others cover a variety of topics, for example Current Anthropology or Antiquity.