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Anthropology @ UF: Anthropology Assignment Guide

This guide contains course-specific information for a number of Anthropology classes @ UF

Resources for Writing Your Anthropology Essay or Paper

Below you will find some helpful resources for researching and writing your anthropology paper or project. First time writing about anthropology? Check out this step-by-step guide.

Planning Ahead

Use the Assignment Calculator to help you create a schedule for your research paper. 

Writing Help

The University Writing Program helps undergraduate students at the University of Florida achieve their academic and professional goals by offering broad-based instruction in composition.

Resources for Researching Your Topic

Quick Anthropology References

Ack! Plagarism!!

Plagiarism is the act of taking credit for someone else's work, not cool. However, many people do not intend to plagiarize but end up committing this offense due to lack of knowledge about what it is and how to avoid it. The UF Libraries has created this resource to help you better understand the different types of plagiarism. Check it out!

Gaming Against Plagiarism

Finding Resources

A number of search engines exist for helping you find the right resources for your research. I recommend using Google Scholar. If you are on campus, or off campus and logged in using the UF VPN client, you will have instant access to electronic resources (e-books and e-journal articles). For anthropology specific resources, check out my Anthropology Library Guide.

Google Scholar Search

To find specific resources, head to the Library Catalog (see below). If you are trying to get ahold of a resource we don't have, check out our UBorrow or Inter-Library Loan services.

Selecting and Refining Your Question or Topic

Where to start? Too broad? Too narrow? Here are some resources that will help you find balance!

Developing Keywords

Keywords are search terms that help you get to the heart of your research question. Formulating proper keywords is essential for finding the right materials for your inquiry. Below are some sources that will help you create keywords for your research.

Style and Citation Format

When professors ask you to write in a specific style, they are referring to a set of commonly accepted standards that influence the format, writing, design, and bibliography of a paper. There are several styles that are common to anthropology courses as well as professional papers, here are a few you might be asked to use with some helpful resources. 

Annotated Bibliographies

An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources, each of which is followed by a brief note or “annotation.” Annotated bibliographies are a great way to get familiar with the most important literature on a topic.

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