Anthropology homework


ANTH-N 190 Homework #8: 


GOALS: to become familiar with the textbook, to learn how anthropological science is conducted, to learn how to read a scientific article, and to gain skills with the IUSB library research system.

Find a peer-reviewed journal article on something anthropological related to human origins or prehistory. That usually means it is more than five pages long, has a bibliography at the end and an abstract at the beginning, and comes from a journal accessed through the IUSB library system. The article should have a recognizable hypothesis that you can write about. If you aren’t sure an article is appropriate for this project check with a librarian (or send a complete link to me in a timely manner).

To begin:

1. Think about how this class on human origins can be related to your intended major. Come up with search words that interest you. Use terms from your current major (“education,” “teeth,” “health,” business,” “market,” or the like — or just be curious). 

2. Use the JSTOR search pages found in the IUSB Schurz Library A-Z Databases: or found under the “J” entries through if you have problems accessing. 

3.  Always use “advanced search”

a. In the two boxes used for keywords, enter “anthropology” (or “archaeology”) and something from your major (“teeth” or the like)

b. Filter your searches for “articles” and “research reports”

c. Limit your searches to the past 10 years (2009-2019).

d. If you want, make the search more specific with topical wildcards (“anthropo*” or “archaeo*” etc.) AND/OR booleans (“AND” or “OR”) along with your terms of interest.

e. If your search results don’t make sense for the project, ask for help.

f. Never pay for articles — either change the date or log in as a student.

Once you’ve found an appropriate research article (not an essay or opinion or editorial or introduction or biographical sketch or review or anything else without original research):

4. Create a heading titled: Hypothesis. Below that, put the hypothesis in your own words. 

5. Create a heading titled: Methods/Results. Below that, explain the procedures used to test the hypothesis, and describe the evidence presented, in your own words.

6.  Create a heading titled: Conclusions. Below that, describe the conclusions. How are these different from “opinions?”

7.  Create a heading title: Connections. Below that, relate concepts from at least three separate chapters from your textbook to this article. Use the concepts in detail to show that you can critically use the book to understand other materials (you will have to read ahead). Properly cite your textbook in your explanation. See, you get to use the book in this class. And you get to show me specifically and directly how you did so. 

Then, at the end of your paper:

8.  Include the specific search terms you used to find the article in the first place.

9. Include the exact word count for your paper, in parentheses (your work must be between 500-700 words).

10.  Include complete bibliographic entries for a) your article and b) your textbook in ASA style found here: 

In-text citations will be used for all discussion of the textbook or quotes from the article (see  Many of you are not using any type of correct citation/works cited styles in your projects, and it’s important to know how to format your in-text citations correctly, so I will be checking . Use these formats only (NOT APA or MLA). Purdue Owl is a wonderful, searchable website on accepted styles in academic writing, so feel free to bookmark this page or peruse its contents. You most certainly will be using it in later classes, so get to know it now.

Please, don’t plagiarize, I will be checking. IUSB takes a very serious stance on academic plagiarism, and you should always put things in your own words. Limit the use of “direct quotes”.