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North American Archaeology

Research is a Process

Research is Process:

  • Be strategic; don't just start Googling and take the first 10 sources you find
  • Take the time to develop a good thesis and brainstorm your keywords (don't shortcut this process)
  • Save your searches and save your citations
  • Think critically about your sources
  • Good research takes time; do the work and don't wait until the last minute (you may need something that we can only get through Interlibrary Loan)

Thesis & Keywords

Developing a clear and concise thesis or research question will help you to focus your research and your writing.  

  • Write out your thesis statement or question in one clear sentence
  • List the keywords from your thesis and brainstorm alternatives and synonyms (you will use these keywords for your searching)
  • Use a thesaurus, think of historical or Latin terms, terms from textbooks, go broader or more narrow

Citation Chaining: tracking citations forward and backward

Citation Chaining

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