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This guide is an introduction to resources and research tips that may be helpful to students in Anthropology courses at Okanagan College

The Research Process

steps in the research process; define and narrow a topic; gather background information; develop a question and thesis; find and evaluate sources; cite sources; write paper

Planning Your Research

Planning Your Research




What is the archaeological evidence for the peopling of the Americas?


Identify keywords from your topic and start your search. You can narrow down any topic by combining the keywords you have identified in your question.    "archaeological evidence"    AND   peopling    AND   Americas


To come up with other keywords to help narrow or expand or refocus your search:

  • Brainstorm alternate words or synonyms
  • Looks for alternate or related keywords or synonyms or subject headings in applicable results.

Your search results will typically have subject headings (similar to tags), author-selected keywords, and keywords in the abstract of the article that will help identify synonyms and expand your keyword bank.

Keyword concept 1
"archaeological evidence"
"archaeological record"

Keyword concept 2


Keyword concept 3
North America

COMBINING KEYWORDS Combine your keywords using the Boolean Operators AND, OR, and NOT.

AND searches for resources that contain both of your keywords.

"archaeological evidence" AND peopling

OR searches for resources with either or both of your keywords. 

peopling OR population

NOT searches for results with only your first keyword and hides results containing your second keyword.

"north america" NOT "united states"


Use quotation marks to search a TWO WORD concept such as:
“archaeological evidence” ; “North America”
Use an * at the root of a word to find alternate forms of the word:‚Äč
Archaeolog* finds archaeology, archaeological, etc.


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