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Research Design in Anthropology: Primary and Review articles

Library and online sources for anthropology research.

Primary Articles

In a primary social science article, the authors are reporting results of their own experiment or investigation.

Primary scientific literature often has a "Methods" section and "Results" section describing a specific study.

Papers usually start with an introduction which provides background information. A description of what was done follows: the materials or methods used and sampling procedures. A discussion places the work in a larger theoretical context and may suggest further research.

Review Articles

An anthropology review article is an overview of research bringing together results of many primary articles.  It may be described as a literature review or a meta-analysis.  Review articles typically have very extensive bibliographies.

Anthropology review publications:

Annual Review of Anthropology

Reviews in Anthropology   Full articles available after 18 months.

Examples of review articles:

French, Brigittine M. 2012. The Semiotics of Collective Memories. Annual Review Of Anthropology, 41(1), 337-353. - This review outlines the conceptual foundations of collective memory research from social scientific and semiotic perspectives

Leaving Few Bones Unturned: Recent Work on Repatriation by Osteologists - This article considers recent osteological and bioarchaeological contributions to literature on Native American repatriation.

Political Economy and Language: A Review of Some Recent Literature:

- See more at: http://www.anthrosource.net/Abstract.aspx?issn=1055-1360&volume=23&issue=2&SuppNo=0&article=339117&jstor=False&cyear=2013#sthash.veodsL1r.dpuf

Political Economy and Language: A Review of Some Recent Literature:

- See more at: http://www.anthrosource.net/Abstract.aspx?issn=1055-1360&volume=23&issue=2&SuppNo=0&article=339117&jstor=False&cyear=2013#sthash.veodsL1r.dpuf

Political Economy and Language: A Review of Some Recent Literature:

- See more at: http://www.anthrosource.net/Abstract.aspx?issn=1055-1360&volume=23&issue=2&SuppNo=0&article=339117&jstor=False&cyear=2013#sthash.veodsL1r.dpuf

Peer-Reviewed or Scholarly Articles

When an article is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, the editors send it out to other scholars in the same field (the author's peers) to get their opinion on the quality of the scholarship, its relevance to the field, its appropriateness for the journal, etc.

Both primary and review articles can be peer-reviewed.