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ANT 250: Conservation Anthropology: Researching your Conservation Topic

Resources and strategies for conservation group project proposals and presentations.

Welcome to the ANT 250 Course Guide!

This guide will provide you with resources and strategies for your final projects in this class. Need help? Contact Jen Bonnet at Fogler Library!

For today's exercise, please click on Study: Land conservation good for New England economies

Books & Educational Videos - Background Information on Topic or Region

Search the library catalog for materials on your topic (books, ebooks, videos, government documents). Many book records in URSUS include the table of contents, which can give you a sense of a book and help you decide if it would be useful for your research. Not sure where to locate an item in the library? There are maps on all floors of the library and at the reference desk.

News Coverage - Background Information and Stakeholders

Hacking Google for information - Creative Ways to Navigate Google for Background Information


There are many ways to hack Google, in order to conduct more complex searches and focus your results. In the above example:

  • intitle: refers to any terms you want to ensure are in the title of the web page itself (in this case, that would be "climate change")
  • the quotation marks around climate change hold those words together so that Google searches for that exact phrase (rather than a search that returns the word climate or the word change)
  • ~coast tells the search that you want terms related to the word right after the tilde (~); for coast, this might include terms like coastal, coastline, waterfront, shoreline, and seaside
  • The minus sign in front of Alaska tells the search to exclude Alaska-related terms from your results 
  • tells Google that you only want results from government websites; you can also use specific sites after site:, such as or
  • The date limiter can be found in the Tools section of your Google search (the Tools section is linked directly below and to the right of the search bar)

For your ANT 250 projects, you may want to search Google using to locate government information on your topics, such as climate change or ecotourism or waste management.

Country Profiles & Statistics (Background Information on your Topic/Region)

Multimedia Resources (Background Information and Stakeholders)

Research Articles - Case Studies as Models for Your Conservation Method(s)

Use the Fogler database menu to identify online databases where you might find research that addresses your topic. Several databases that will be a good place to start are:

Additional Interdisciplinary Search Options

Cast a wide net by searching OneSearch to see what may be available in Fogler Library's holdings. It is not a comprehensive search (like any database or search engine, it has its limitations), but it is a wide-ranging search option.


Set up Library Links to access full text articles in your Google Scholar search results (and avoid paywalls!).

Find Statistics and Infographics

For example:

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