Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014     Views: 26

I can't tell from your question if your difficulty comes from not searching in the right places or not searching in the right way. To find articles, you need to use some of the datbases available from the library. I would suggest trying: Academic Search Complete, Anthropology Index, e-HRAF Collection of Ethnology, InfoTrac OneFile, SocINDEX, and Wilson OmniFile. You can find these databases by going to the Library Home Page (www.iup.edu/library)and clicking on "Article Databases" option. Then select the database you want from the alphabetic list. Once you are in the database, I would suggest entering a search such as: indian* and (burial or bury) The asterisk is the truncation character. It tells the system to search for variations of keyword having the root "indian". This will give you indian, indians, indiana, etc. The AND tells the system to match those variations with whatever comes next. The OR designates a choice and those choices are listed within the parenthesis. Perhaps the best database for the information you need is the e-HRAF database, although it is primarily information from books rather than articles. The database has a very complex search structure, so be sure to carefully read the directions or, better yet, stop by the library and have one of the reference librarians help you with it. In an e-mail response to you question, it is very difficult to provide all of the searching techniques you might need. I strongly suggest that you do stop at the Reference Desk on the 1st floor of Stapleton Library and work one-on-one with one of the librarians there. We can quickly show you some searching techniques that should help you get to exactly what you need.

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