LISS.398A TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT and HUMAN ADAPTATION:
PART II PRE-EUROPEAN MESOAMERICA



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LITERATURE RESOURCES

I. OVERVIEW.

This document describes sources or literature for your term project and ways to search these sources.

II. LITERATURE SOURCES.

Literature related to your term project is available from three sources:

  1. books on reserve in the CSM library;
  2. other local libraries -- especially CU Boulder;
  3. interlibrary loan;

II.1 RESERVE BOOKS.

Books from the CSM library collection as well as the instructor's personal collection are on overnight reserve. If you need a book for a longer period, check with me.

II.2 LOCAL LIBRARIES.

The card catalogs of all local libraries are available to you via the CARL system on any computer connected to the CSM ehter net. If you don't already know about this, you should learn about it NOW. The CU-Boulder library has a pretty good collection in Mesoamerican archaeology. Most of the journals relevant to your project will be there. Book literature is less likely to be there and may be checked out. If books you need are checked out, see me. I can have them recalled for you. Denver University is probably as good. The Denver Public Library has some things, but not as much as the university libraries.

II.3 INTERLIBRARY LOAN.

Via interlibrary loan, the CSM library can get you a photocopy of just about any article you need. They can also get most books for a loan period of some weeks. This service is cost free, BUT it takes some time -- one to three weeks. They will get materials from other local libraries, but its much quicker to go there yourself, if you can. You may need to use interlibrary loan for other libraries outside the local area. You should PLAN AHEAD so that you have the material when you need it.

II. LITERATURE SEARCH.

Four kinds of resources/techniques are available to you for literature search:

  1. computer based bibliographies;
  2. hard copy bibliographies;
  3. journal browsing;
  4. backtracking

II.1 COMPUTER BASED BIBLIOGRAPHIES.

There are two general, computer based bibliographies that I know to be useful in this subject area:

There may be others useful for specific topics. You should consult the reference librarian in the CSM library. In addition, a:

is available to you on line.

II.1.1 UNCOVER.

UNCOVER is available on the PAC system (the same place you find CARL). It is a general periodical index that apparently covers only publications within the last 2 or 3 years.

II.1.2 SOCIAL SCIENCES INDEX.

The Social Sciences Index is available on CD ROM in the CU Boulder library. It covers about the last 5 years. Check with the reference librarian about how to access it from the CSM library.

II.1.3 PRE-COLUMBIAN TECHNOLOGY, ADAPTATION and ENVIRONMENT BIBLIOGRAPHY.

This SEARCHABLE BIBLIOGRAPHY is available to you on line. The instructor has copies of many of the items listed in this bibliography. If you run into problems obtaining this material, ask.

II.2 HARD COPY BIBLIOGRAPHIES.

Your text and materials on reserve contain bibliographies. A hard-copy version of the Pre-Columbian Technology, Adaptation and Environment Bibliography described above is on reserve in the CSM library.

II.3 JOURNAL BROWSING.

For material more than about 5 years old there is no substitute for just looking through the table contents of major journals. Even for more recent material, this is a good idea. The major journals in this field are:

Other journals worth browsing are:

Currently, the first 5 are not available in the CSM library. So you should plan AT LEAST ONE TRIP to CU Boulder or DU library.

II.4 BACKTRACKING.

"Backtracking" involves finding the most recent material on your topic by one or more of the previously mentioned techniques. Then use the bibliographies in the recent material to backtrack to earlier literature. This is probably the only way to be reasonably certain you have retrieved everything that's relevant.


Colorado School of Mines
Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies
Dr. Joseph D. Sneed
jsneed@mines.edu
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