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ANTH 600 Forensic Anthropology

Searching Tips

1. To locate an article in a scholarly journal, do a keyword or subject heading search in one of the databases listed on this web site under the tab, "Find Articles". Remember to limit by "scholarly journals" in the database, if available. Examples of keyword search statements:

                       facial reconstruction
                       skelet* keys
                       bony shafts or diaphyses
                       bone and (injur* or trauma or fractur*)
                       sex determin* and (skull or pelvis)
                       age determin* and skelet*
                       (ancestry or ethnic*) and (skull or crani*)
                       (cut* or stab*) and bone
                       (burn* or charr*) and (postmortem or perimortem)
2. In the databases, consider truncating terms in your search statement with an * asterisk to find alternative endings/spellings. For example, "crani*" will find "cranial", "cranium", or "craniometry".  The WSU Online Catalog's symbol for truncation is a ?.

3. Consider whether or not there are multiple terms that could be searched for your topic, e.g. skull or cranium. These terms can be searched together in "or" statements. (see above in #1)
4. To find an article in an anthropology encyclopedia on your topic, select one of the encyclopedias listed under "Reference Sources" in the tabs above and search by topic.

5. To find a book or ebook on your topic, search in the WSU Libraries Online Catalog
     Examples of keyword search statements using "Keyword Anywhere":  
                         forensic anthropology
                         crani? vault
                         skelet? and disease  
     Example of a keyword search statement using "Keyword Anywhere (a, or, not):

                       sex and (skull or crani?)                                                               
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