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HEAL 1002 Intro to Health from a Global Perspective (SJ) Guide

Get Started

How do I get started? 

This guide was created to help you with the research process for your assignment. Use the different tabs to help you at the various stages of your work:

Learn about a topic Use the listed resources and tips to find and read background info on a topic. This will help you choose and narrow down your topic to find articles. 
Find and read journal articles Use the article databases to search for scholarly, peer reviewed articles related to your topic.
Cite your sources Use the listed resources to help you accurately credit and reference authors' work in your assignment.
Get help Use the info listed to contact me when you have questions or need help. 


Learn About a Topic

How do I find background information and learn more about a topic?

To get started, it can be helpful to learn more information about a topic before jumping right into searching for journal articles. Doing some background research and reading can save you time and help you find ways to narrow your topic down. Background research can be done through quick Google searches and reading credible websites, looking at e-book chapters, or encyclopedia entries. 

e-Books (from UNB Worldcat)

 important to noteIt's important to evaluate the background sources you consult.

Consider who published or authored the information, what the purpose of it is, and how old is the information. Wikipedia can be useful to get to know more about topics, but should not be cited in academic assignments. Look at the references to follow the information back to the primary sources, and cite those instead.

You can also search UNB Worldcat to find related e-books on other topics:

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Find & Read Journal Articles

How do I find articles for my assignment?

1. Search the databases or individual journals below using keywords related to your topic to find relevant articles:

Reminder to consider using database limits for peer review, and source type if available to limit to academic or scholarly journals. Look at the page length too to consider whether it may be a research article or another type published in the journal.

Keep in mind you need to find an article from an anthropology journal - there may be other types of journals within the databases, so double check where it's published! 

Screenshot of Anthropology plus database search with highlights over peer review, academic journals, and page numbers of the first two results


Key Resources

  • Anthropology Plus (EBSCO)
    Anthropology Plus is an index of bibliographic materials combining Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute, from the UK. It provides worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present of all core periodicals in the field in addition to lesser-known journals.
    Unlimited simultaneous users
  • AnthroSource
    AnthroSource is an online portal to full text anthropological resources. AnthroSource includes a searchable database containing American Anthropological Association (AAA) publications, more than 250,000 articles from AAA journals, newsletters, bulletins and monographs and cross-disciplinary resources for all things anthropological.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • JSTOR Current Collection
    In addition to being an archive, JSTOR offers current access to a range of titles from various publishers. UNB has access to current and archival content for almost 50 of these journals.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Journals (note - the links below take you to the catalogue record for the journal, then click on the red "Access Online" button to get into the journal. From there you can click on the different issues to browse through the articles or use the search box to search within the journal):

Screenshot of medical anthropology catalogue page with access online button circled


2. Scan through the results, reading the title/abstracts to find potentially relevant articles. Redo your search with different keywords if you're not finding what you want.

Remember you're looking for research articles, which should be more than 1-2 pages and likely have headings like methods, conclusion, etc. Things like editorials, news, and book reviews also are published in journals so double check you've found an actual research article.

3. Find a few articles that look promising and skim read the introduction/conclusion of the full-text to decide if they're useful for your assignment.

If a PDF or link to the full-text isn't readily available, click on the check for full text link to see if we have it in our collection.

Infographic: How to read scientific papers (Natalia Rodriguez, Elsevier)

How to read a scholarly journal article. (Lockman, T. YouTube, 5:10mins)

Cite Your Sources

Chicago citation style

There are two versions of the Chicago citation style: 1. Chicago Notes and Bibliography (which also goes by many other names) and 2. Chicago Author-Date. Be sure to use Chicago Author-Date in this course. Use the sample citations below to help you construct citations for the sources you use:

Chicago (Author-Date): Sample Citations



Get Help

How do I get help if I need it?

The research process and searching for articles can be challenging sometimes. We don't expect you to know everything or "get it" after one presentation from a librarian. Once you start working on your assignment you may realize you need a refresher or some guidance on your specific topic. 

You have a few ways to get in touch with us for help. We're available regular work weeks, Monday-Friday between 9:00am - 4:00pm (AST). 

You can also reach out anonymously through UNB Libraries' Ask Us chat. This service is staffed evenings and weekends. 

More Information More Information

  • David Ross (he/him)
  • I am available for 1-on-1 research help in person and by email, phone, and Teams
  • Head Librarian
  • UNB Saint John
  • 506-648-5832