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Anthropology: ANT 210: Biological Anthropology

This subject guide provides recommendations for conducting research on topics related to Anthropology at UMaine.

Welcome to the ANT 210 Course Guide!

This guide will provide you with resources and strategies for your annotated bibliography in Dr. Sorg's class. Need help? Contact Jen Bonnet at Fogler Library!

Peer Review in 3 Minutes

What are peer-reviewed journal articles?

  • Usually published in scholarly journals
  • Well-researched original articles on specialized topics written by scholars
  • Author affiliation and contact details are provided
  • There is an abstract at the beginning of peer-reviewed articles
  • Contain in-text citations and a list of references at the end
  • May include charts tables, graphs, and other statistical data
  • Use subject-specific language that include technical terms unique to the field
  • Presented in sections such as Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion
  • Subjected to intense critiques by a team of subject specialists who are peers of the author(s)

Not sure if the journal article you've found is from a peer-reviewed publication?

  • Search for your journal title in the Serials Directory. Click on the journal title and scroll to the section that says "Peer reviewed." You will see a Yes or No next to that field.
  • If the above doesn't yield the information you need, you can find the journal on the open web (Google the title) and see if it has an editorial board or if there's an explicit mention of peer review for submissions (often in the description of the journal or in Author Guidelines). American Journal of Physical Anthropology is an example.
  • Keep in mind: if a journal is peer reviewed, that does not guarantee that all articles in the journal underwent a peer review process. Some article types, such as news items, editorials or editor's notes, and book or article reviews, may not be peer reviewed. 

Here's an example of a popular article about dog domestication.
Here's an example of a peer-reviewed article about dog domestication.

URSUS, the Library Catalog

Search URSUS on your topic to find edited volumes from which you can select a chapter to use for your bibliography. An edited volume typically:

  • includes different authors for each chapter
  • presents chapters with original research or scholarly inquiry (i.e., not republished material)
  • is published by academic publishers

Example publishers include: Cambridge University Press (and other university presses), Palgrave MacMillan, Routledge, de Gruyter, and Elsevier, among others.

Limit your search to the University of Maine Catalog, rather than the entire URSUS catalog, to access books that we have available to UMaine-Orono students.

Relevant Databases for Finding Scholarly Articles

Citing Your Sources

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