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Research Guides

ANT348: Medical Anthropology: Social Cultural Perspectives

Supports the course taught by Prof. Krista Maxwell.

Which databases to use?

Library homepage's 'Articles' tab

Pros:

  • Gets a lot of results
  • Searches across disciplines and covers most of the library's journal holdings
  • Uses a fulltext search like Google ie. turns up all articles that have a particular word or phrase anywhere in the text

Cons:

  • Often too many or irrelevant search results
  • Searches across disciplines so you get many articles unrelated to your topic eg. articles about Apple Computers when you are searching for information about the fruit

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Subject specific databases e.g.. Anthropology Plus, AnthroSource

Pros:

  • More focused or relevant search results
  • Can search specifically for literature written within your discipline
  • May be able to identify more important articles by checking how many times each article was cited

Cons:

  • Fewer results
  • Not every article listed in your search results is available through the library
  • Most use 'controlled vocabularly' so you have to make sure you are searching for the topic with the right words.
    • Note: Some databases have a thesaurus which allows you to see which keywords to use for your search terms

 

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Google Scholar

Pros:

  • Easy to use & searches across many different academic disciplines
  • Also includes freely available articles outside of the library's collection

Cons:

  • Many irrelevant search results
  • Some articles that come up in the search results are not available to U of T users

Key Subject Databases

Article Search

 

 

 

Searching Web of Science

Google Scholar Search

Make sure Google Scholar is connected to U of T

Google Scholar Search