The Anthropology Department has a wide range of resources available to current students and those generally interested in pursuing anthropology. Check out our:
- Research, Citation, and Writing Guides for current students to successfully create academic papers and projects.
- Anthropology Blogs for what people outside of Colby are thinking and writing about.
- Helpful Links
- Colby Library Research Links for more specific databases and research procedures.
- Our citation style guide [click to download].
- Standing Committee on Racism in the Anthropology Classroom
Research, Citation, and Writing Guides
Good research and writing skills are essential tools for all students. Colby’s Farnham Writers’ Center is an important resource to help you become the best writer you can be. The librarians in Miller Library are ready to assist you in finding relevant research materials. See also the guide to advice for using the Colby Library research databases for Anthropology related topics. Finally, be aware of your responsibilities for academic honesty: familiarize yourself with Colby’s guide to plagiarism and how to avoid it.
In addition to these campus resources, the Anthropology Department has compiled below some useful links for course-based assignments and independent research projects.
Citations and References; IRB
The AAA has officially adopted the Chicago Manual of Style as the preferred style for Anthropological texts. Here is a link to the Manual: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html
Students are often uncertain about the proper form of citations; Anthropology, like many disciplines, has its own preferred styles for formatting references in research papers.
- Download the Department’s Anthro-style Guide for proper citations and bibliographic references.
- Your professor may require IRB approval for some research projects if they involve human subjects. You can download a model for the Anthropology IRB-application here.
Other Research and Writing Guides
- The American Anthropological Association’s official Style Guide
- Harvard University Anthropology: A Student’s Guide to Reading and Writing
in Social Anthropology
:: anthropologi.info ::
A multilingual blog that highlights social and cultural anthropology in the news. The blog also provides links to various anthropology journals and related sites.
A blog to promote and facilitate discussion, review research, extend stewardship of resources, and disseminate anthropological knowledge.
Discussion of Anthropological news, events, research, and talk.
A site highlighting how Anthropology documents human possibility and creativity to effect change.
Savage Minds, renamed in 2016 to Anthrodendum
A collective web log devoted to both bringing anthropology to a wider audience as well as providing an online forum for discussing the latest developments in the field.
- American Anthropological Association The main professional organization for anthropologists.
- Center for World Indigenous Studies This website contains links to Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander resources, and the Circumpolar WWW Virtual Library, containing links to Circumpolar Indigenous resources.
- Journal of World Anthropology (JWA) This website is an electronic journal dedicated to Anthropology. It publishes articles on academic research, matters of theory and methodology, and different kinds of reviews.
- Smithsonian Institution Information System This web page displays links to different search engines that are relevant to anthropological studies.
- Anthropology on the Web Another list of varied anthropology resources organized by subfield.
- This Anthro Life A podcast series by grad students.
- Journal of Cultural Anthropology This open-access journal, under the AAA, is dedicated to questions on theory and methods from every corner of anthropology.
Colby Library Research Links
Colby’s Library maintains many research databases where you can find articles on anthropological topics. When starting a research project, be sure to use several different databases and to use a range of keywords that will help you capture as many different sources as possible related to your topic.
Don’t forget that Colby’s librarians are always ready to help you develop a research strategy for finding sources on a particular topic. The library also maintains a guide to Anthropological research and resources at Colby.
Because so much anthropology research is interdisciplinary in scope, it is often best to start your research with a broad ranging database such as:
- Academic Search Complete
or a database that focuses on the broader subject or geographical area of your topic.
There are two databases dedicated to Anthropology journals and related publications:
Neither of these is comprehensive, so it is critically important to search for materials in a variety of databases including these but not limiting yourself to them alone.
Standing Committee on Racism in the Anthropology Classroom
The Standing Committee on Racism in the Anthropology Classroom is a mechanism through which students can bring concerns about classroom teaching and discussion of race and incidents of racism in the classroom in the anthropology department to the attention of the department. The committee will create departmental responses to incidents as they arise. Students bringing such incidents to the attention of any faculty in the department will be referred to the Committee.
This committee is made up of the department chair and one additional continuing member of the department. If an incident involves one of the members of the committee, students should approach the other member, and an ad hoc committee can be formed.
The Committee for 22-23 will be made up of Department Chair Winifred Tate ([email protected]) and Professor Mary Beth Mills ([email protected]).