Spend some time brainstorming keywords and search terms.
Try using subject headings or descriptors to help generate search terms.
When you find a good article, look at its References or Works Cited list. That will often lead you to other useful sources.
AnthroSource (Full Text: coverage varies)
Indexes the American Anthropological Association's publications and provides many full-text links to the library’s JSTOR collection
Academic Search Premier (Full Text: coverage varies)
A multidisciplinary database that offers indexing and abstracts for 7,100 publications.
JSTOR (Full Text: coverage varies)
An archive of scholarly journal articles from a variety of subject areas. Try using Advanced Search so that you can limit your search to specific academic disciplines, such as Anthropology or Religion. You can access additional JSTOR content from the Boston Public Library by signing up for a BPL eCard.
A multidisciplinary database
Project Muse (Full Text: coverage varies)
Provides full-text journal articles from a variety of subject areas
Expanded Academic ASAP (Full Text: 1980-present)
An interdisciplinary index to journals and national news magazines
In addition to multidisciplinary databases, consider what subject specific databases may provide research on your topic. Is your topic related to sociology? History? The databases below allow you to limit your search to scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles.
Check out the library's e-journals list to search for articles in specific journals. For example:
Google Scholar is a great tool for doing a broad search of scholarly literature on your topic:
You'll just want to keep some things in mind:
You can access advanced search features by clicking the arrow in the right of the search box. These features allow you to refine your search.
Look for the words Get Full Txt @ Holy Cross next to an article. You should be able to access any of these articles through the library's subscriptions. If you come across a source that Holy Cross does not have access to, remember that you can request the item through Interlibrary Loan.
When you are on campus, Google Scholar will automatically show you those Get Full Txt @ Holy Cross links next to articles that Holy Cross has access to. If you are off-campus, you can set your Scholar Settings to show the links for accessing sources through Holy Cross. You can modify your settings by selecting the Settings link in the upper-right corner of Google Scholar webpage.
Click on the Cited by and Related articles links at the bottom of a search result to find relevant articles & books.