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SOAN 102: Introduction to Anthropology (Barkin): Getting Started

What's a tertiary source?

Tertiary sources are excellent starting points!  They consist of information synthesized from primary and secondary sources.  Examples include:

  • Almanacs
  • Chronologies
  • Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
  • Directories
  • Fact books
  • Guidebooks
  • Indexes, abstracts, bibliographies used to locate primary and secondary sources
  • Manuals
  • Textbooks

These resources give you succinct overviews of your topic, explain scholarly arguments, point out interesting questions, and refer you to especially key sources. 

Sage Reference

Sage provides online Encyclopedias, Handbooks and Dictionaries that cover topics in the Social Sciences.

SOAN 102: Welcome

The SOAN 102 Course Guide is a great place to start your research utilizing library resources.

When doing your research, please be mindful about the types of sources you're using, and how you're using them. This guide provides information on locating and accessing reference, print, and electronic resources.


Subject Encyclopedias & Handbooks

What kind of source is being cited?

Marcus, G. E. The end(s) of ethnography: Social/cultural anthropology's signature form of producing knowledge in transition. Cultural Anthropology 23 (1) 1–14. (2008).
Book: 1 votes (50%)
Newspaper: 0 votes (0%)
Journal article: 1 votes (50%)
Tertiary source: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 2
Robinson-Caskie, E. E. (2006). Ethnography. In H. J. Birx (Ed.), Encyclopedia of anthropology (Vol. 2, pp. 853–854). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
Textbook: 3 votes (75%)
Newspaper: 0 votes (0%)
Journal article: 0 votes (0%)
Tertiary source: 1 votes (25%)
Total Votes: 4
Hume, L., ed. , & Mulcock, J. (Eds.). (2004). Anthropologists in the field: Cases in participant observation. New York: Columbia University Press.
Book: 1 votes (33.33%)
Newspaper: 0 votes (0%)
Journal article: 2 votes (66.67%)
Encyclopedia: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 3

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