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Anthropology 101 / 102: Websites

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Anthropology.net

Covers all aspects of anthropology


John Hawks Weblog
Blog on Paleoanthropology, Genetics, and Evolution from John Hawks, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

 

Anthropology Associations

American Anthropological Association (AAA)
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology
American Association of Physical Anthropologists
World's leading professional organization for physical anthropologists
American Ethnological Society

Oldest professional anthropological organization in the United States. Founded in 1842 to encourage research in the emerging field of ethnology, its stated goal was to foster inquiries generally connected with the human race
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA)
NAPA strives to promote the practice of anthropology, both within the discipline and among private and public organizations
Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA)

Promotes scholarship and scholarly communication about cultural studies and culture theory broadly conceived. SCA also aims to connect cultural anthropology with scholars in such other disciplines as history, literature, philosophy, and science
World Council of Anthropological Associations

A network of national and international associations that aims to promote worldwide communication and cooperation in anthropology

Evaluating Websites

The web is a great information resource. Because there is so much information you can usually find some information on your topic, however, because anyone can put anything on the web, you need to be very careful when using the web as a research source.

You can use the following checklist to help you to determine the reliability of the information you find on a website:  

  ACCURACY  

  • Is the information reliable and correct?
  • Is there an editor who verifies the information?

AUTHORITY

  •  Is there an author? What are his or her qualifications?
  •  What is the sponsoring organization? Is it reputable?

Look for links providing information about the author and his or her e-mail address.

Check for "about us," "philosophy," etc. for information about the organization.

OBJECTIVITY  

  • Does the website show a bias?
  • Is there advertising on the page?
  • What is the purpose of the site? To sell, to inform, to persuade?

CURRENCY

  • Does the site include the dates it was created and updated?
  • How current are the links? Have any expired or moved?

Consider if currency is especially important for the research topic.

COVERAGE

  • How does the site compare with other sites on this topic?
  • Is material covered in depth rather than superficially?