Welcome to the primate courses research guide. My name is Brew Schoonover, and I am the anthropology librarian at FSU Libraries. I hope that this guide is helpful for you as you work on your annotated bibliography. I have provided some recommended sources for you, but more importantly, I hope that this guide helps you to think about the process of research. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment for a Zoom meeting. I wish you the best!
Research is Process:
When choosing a topic, pick something that interests you. Browse your textbook and the list of topics provided by Dr. Peters, or begin with some exploratory searching in Google Scholar.
These two articles list the biggest questions that primatologists have been asking. These are also good examples of clear and concise research questions (or thesis statements):
Exploring Wikipedia and reference articles can also be helpful when selecting or narrowing your topic. Wikipedia has a number of summary articles on primates. While you are reading, take notes of key words and citations that you will use when searching for scholarly materials (do not use Wikipedia as a source).
These two reference works search across hundreds of encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries, and they provide citations for you to use in your research:
Developing a clear and concise thesis or research question will help you to focus your research and your writing.
Here is an example:
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