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Library resources for anthropology

2013 World Languages

Library Introduction to Antrhopology databases

Library Introduction to Anthropology databases
For the classs - Anth 2430 : Languages of the World. Faculty - Lise Dobrin

Schedule for the 2013 library session, Wed 11-11:50 am.

I. 10 minutes: Lise Dobrin. A. Homework. B. two web sites World Atlas of Language Structures Online ; Ethnologue, Languages of the World. 11-11:10 AM

II. 15 minutes: Philip McEldowney. A. Books - Library and its catalog VIRGO and WorldCat. B. Articles - Databases: Academic Search Complete. C. InterLibrary Loan with sign in. D. RefWorks for citations, bibliographies, and footnotes. 11:10 - 11:25 AM

IIIa. 7 minutes: Shannon stacks, look at books. First area PH-PM call numbers on Floor 1 Old. see Shannon 1. Call number locations. 2. Call Number Locations, and the Library of Congress classification system for Languages  11:25-11:30 AM walk over to Shannon in two groups. First area 11:30 - 11:37 AM
IIIb. 7 minutes: Shannon Second area P-PG Call numbers Floor 2M New. Linguistics, grammar. 11:37-1140 AM switch floors. 11:40-11:50 AM

Searching hints = 1. search 2. refine, look around, choose other words, more terms or less terms. 3. search again (and again. . .) 4. save, print. 5. Click on the database Help - read and study it for 5 minutes. Or /and ask a librarian (chat, online, phone)

15 languages on a 5 Rupee note

Here's the Old Scheduleof 2012. Refer to this for greater details of databases, resources, coverage.

1. Review the main UVa library web page - how to get help through library contacts, VIRGO, find Databases, do Interlibrary requests, and connect off-grounds

2. Go to VIRGO and search for some items, also use Advanced search briefly

3. Go to Databases - look at
A) Anthropology Plus A very complete database, citations only, no full text. (I'll alone have to search it, since we have restricted number of simultaneous users)
B) JSTOR A good scholarly source, with coverage up until about 4-5 years ago.
C) Academic Search Complete Borad covereage of English language sources, with recent years often in full-text
D) Bibliography of Asian Studies Citations of articles on Asian topics
E) Lexis Nexis (Full text newspapers) and
F) WorldCat (books)
G) point to HRAF Great coverage for over 200 selected cultures around the world, often with 4-5 full-text bibliography.
H) Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts Search for journal articles on all aspects of the nature and use of language
I) Bibliography of Native North Americans 1500-present List of books and other publications about the native peoples of North America

4. Look at RefWorks and explain it

5. Go to Shannon Library stacks to look at books. See Call Number Locations

6. Suggested keywords to search:

  • Linguistic terms - "word order" or "palatalization" or "diffusion area" or "paucal"
  • Languages "Akan" "Brahui" or "Uyghur"
  • Subject words "language obsolescene" or "language attrition"
  • "dying languages"

7. Some suggested links and titles: World Atlas of Language Structures Online ; Ethnologue, Languages of the World; Speech Accent Archive.

8. Some suggested endangered titles: "Atlas of the World's Languages in danger of Disappearing" edited by Stephen A. Wurm (1996); "Language Death" by David Crystal (2000), and the 65 minute DVD "The Linguists" (2008)

9. Some call numbers: P40.5 for endangered languages; Sanskrit PK600s and PK400s; Twi PL8751; PL3600s; PM782 and PM108; Hindi PK1930s; Gondi PL4630s.
Have a look at the Library of Congress classification system for Languages and just for Language Philology and Linaguistics

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