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Anthropology: ANT 426/MES 520 Native American Folklore

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

Welcome to the ANT 426/MES 520 Course Guide

This guide will provide you with resources and strategies to support your research papers and class presentations. Need help? Contact Jen Bonnet at Fogler Library!

Access to Course Texts

The following links will take you to either the library's copy of your course texts or to a freely available copy on the web.

Additional Texts in URSUS

Here is a selection of additional texts that may be of interest. Looking for other materials for your papers? Try searching URSUS for topics of interest.

Subject headings like Indians of North America -- Folklore or Indians of North America -- Maine -- History or  Indians of North America -- History, will also yield some useful results.

Scholarly Databases

The following databases represent a selection of the options available to you for finding scholarly articles for your 10-page papers. Many of these databases will allow you to limit your results to scholarly articles or scholarly journals. If you are unsure if you have found a scholarly article (versus an article from the popular press, or from a trade publication), use the following guide.

Looking for other databases? See the full list here.


Looking for images for your presentation?

Evaluating Websites

In addition to the resources at the library, you may be using websites for your papers and presentations. Use the following guidelines to tease out their credibility and usefulness.

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
From the University of California-Berkeley Library (last updated in 2012)

  • What can the URL tell you? What type of domain is used (e.g., .gov, .org, .edu, .com)?
  • Who wrote the page? What are the author's credentials on this subject?
  • Is the page dated? Is it current enough?
  • Are sources documented with footnotes or links? Are there referrals to other sources?
  • Is information cited authentic? Reliable?
  • What's the point of view or bias?
  • Who links to the page? What do others say about the author or responsible authoring body?
  • Why was the page put on the web? Might the website or web page be ironic (e.g., satire or parody)?

Click on Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask to find detailed descriptions of the evaluation criteria as well as strategies to consider when evaluating websites.

Citing Your Work: Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Style Manual in Fogler

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