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Selected Information Resources for ASTRO 130 - Introduction to Archaeoastronomy
Finding Background Information

Use these to:

  • Get context-specific definitions of words
  • Get an overview of your topic
  • Find useful search terms
  • Find out about other information sources

Credo Reference

Hundreds of reference books (like encyclopedias and dictionaries) and other resources.

Wikipedia

Librarians typically advise against citing Wikipedia articles a source for your paper, but by all means, use it to learn a little about your topic, get key words, and find additional resources.

Finding Books, Videos, and other Library Items

Hawaii Voyager Catalog for the University of Hawaii Libraries

Use this to discover the WCC and other UH Libraries' books (including ebrary books), videos, and more.

ebrary

About 35 thousand digital books. Hints:

  • Change your Preferences to use the ebrary Reader interface
  • Create a free account to make use of lots of cool features, too, like highlighting and note taking.

NetLibrary

More digital books. NetLibrary has many books published by the University of Hawaii Press, so it's good for Hawaii and Pacific related topics.

Note: Sign up for a free account while on campus, then you can access it from anywhere.

Finding Articles in Magazines, Journals & Newspapers


EBSCO's Academic Search Premier
database

Science Direct database

Note: Limit your searches to articles you can view in full:

Click on Advanced Search, then next to Source: choose "Subscribed Journals"

Archaeoastronomy & Ethnoastronomy News

Search for your terms within this publication by using Google. Just type in site:terpconnect.umd.edu and your terms

Hawaii Pacific Journal Index

Use this to find citations to articles related to the astronomy of Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders. Ask a librarian to help you find the article itself.

Google Scholar

It's Google, but it searches for academic articles and books.

Also use it to:

  • see what else an author has written, and
  • if others have referred to that author's work
  • find similar items.

Finding Websites

Scirus

A science-specific search engine.

Librarian's Index to the Internet

A tool for finding quality websites chosen by librarians. For example, try a search for Archaeoastronomy to find a site on Chaco Canyon and Chichén Itzá

Intute

An academic-focused tool for finding quality websites.

AnthroNet "Research Engine"

"Anthro.Net queries a database of over 40,000 pages from reviewed websites with anthropological content built by users' interests.... [including] Internet based journal articles, well developed topical sites and bibliographic references for anthropology, archaeology and the other social sciences."

Anthropology Resources on the Internet

From the WWW Virtual Library, this well-maintained list links to news, research and education institutions, regional information, reference sources, journals, and more.

Evaluating Your Sources

Things to consider in evaluating sources of information:

Content

This might seem obvious, but...

  • Does this source actually have the kind of information you need?
  • Does it present facts, opinion, or both?
  • Is it a primary source (first-hand account or raw data), or secondary source (second-hand account)?
  • Does it give shallow, or in-depth coverage of the topic?
  • Does it lead you to other useful information sources?

Timeliness

  • When was this created?
  • What time period is the information about?

    (And do either of those matter for your topic?)

Credibility

  • Do the authors know what they're talking about? How do you know?
    • Have they published a lot on the topic? (Use the article databases and Google Scholar to find out).
    • Do they have a relevant education and experience in the field?
    • Do other people look to this author or organization as an expert? (Use a newspaper index or Google Scholar to find out).
  • Do they tell you where they got their information? And are those information sources good?
  • For what purpose did the author or organization create this? Who did they create it for? Do they have a trustworthy agenda?
  • Does the organization or author show bias? Are they only giving you one side of the story?

Citing Your Sources

You must tell your audience where you got your information, whether it's from a book, podcast, blog, journal article, personal interview, email exchange, photo, sound recording, video clip, or wherever. Why?

  • To give credit where credit is due.
  • To increase your own credibility in the eyes of your audience.
  • To help your audience find those items for their own research.
  • To avoid plagiarism.

There are TWO parts to citing sources:

  • Cite the source of your information when/where you use it (called "In-text citation").
  • Provide a list of Works Cited

WCC Library's Citing Sources Page

Check out NoodleBib Express! The librarians at WCC can also help you cite your sources (Tara, in particular, likes the tricky ones).

Topics

Newgrange (Ireland)
El Castillo at Chichen Itza (Mexico)
Qin’s Tomb (China)
Cahokia (Illinois, USA)
Nasca Lines (Peru)
The Forbidden City (Beijing, China)
Pyramids of the Sun & Moon at Teotihuacan (Mexico)
Machu Picchu (Peru)
Casa Rinconada at Chaco Canyon (New Mexico, USA)
Aztec Calendar Stone (Mexico)
Skidi Pawnee Earth Lodges (Nebraska, USA)
Kogi Temples (Colombia)
Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Canyon (New Mexico, USA)
Cuzco City (Peru)
Babylonian Boundary Stones (Iraq)
Crab Nebula Supernova Petroglyph at Chaco Canyon (New Mexico, USA)
Lascaux Cave Paintings (France)
Temple of Abu Simbel (Egypt)
Temple of Amun-Re (Karnak, Egypt)
Monte Alban (Mexico)
Mismanay (Peru)
Long Meg and Her Daughters (England)

 

Compiled by Tara Severns 03/03/09. Updated 3/15/10