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Anthropology 447 Archaeological Field Methods: Library Guides

Library tips to support your research for Archaeological Field Methods.

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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

  • Borrow materials from other libraries, with no additional fees.
  • Articles arrive in about one business day; books arrive in about a week.

I want to find an archaeological excavation report.

  • Go to see what’s available in other libraries + UNLV.
  • Click advanced search.
  • Type the culture or location you want to research in the top search box.
  • Change the menu beside the second search box from title to subject.  
  • Type excavation (archaeology) in the second search box.  Click search.
  • Browse the list of results.  When you see an interesting record, click on it to learn more about its content and location.
  • If UNLV has the book, we will be listed at the top of the list of locations.  Click on the link for info to find it in our library.
  • If there are no local copies, you will need to do an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request.  ILL works best if several college or university libraries have the book.


Important:  Before your ILL request, does it look like the book gives technical details about the excavation and the findings?  Worldcat records for newer books show the Table of Contents for the book, which can help you decide whether the book will give you these details.

I want more information about the culture described in the excavation report.

  • For books, go to and repeat the process above.  This time, don’t do the subject search for excavation (archaeology).  This will give you more general books about the culture in question.
  • For journal articles, JSTOR has a great collection for archaeology, anthropology, and history.  All articles listed include the full text (no need for ILL).

I want to track down a book I saw in another scholar’s bibliography.

  • Copy the book’s title into and click search.  Your book will probably be at the top of the results list.
  • If not, you may need to add more info (author’s last name, specify a date range, etc.).

I want to track down a journal article I saw in another scholar’s bibliography.

  • Copy the article’s title into Google Scholar and click search.  Your article will probably be at the top of the results list.
  • If not, you may need to add more info (author’s last name, specify a date range, etc.).


Use to find an excavation report that features findings about the Basketmaker culture.  Try to find something that reports on methods and findings.

Use JSTOR to find more articles about Basketmaker agriculture.

Find these sources:

Blair, Lynda M., Diane L. Winslow, David Rhode, and Jennifer E. Riddle. Firebrand Cave: An Archaic Ceremonial Site in Southern Nevada. Las Vegas: Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies, Cultural Resources Division, University of Nevada, 2006.

Hughes, Richard E. Shell Bead and Ornament Exchange Networks between California and the Western Great Basin: James A. Bennyhoff, Richard E. Hughes. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1987.

Wills, Wirt H., and Thomas C. Windes. "Evidence for population aggregation and dispersal during the Basketmaker III period in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico." American Antiquity 54, no. 2 (1989): 347-369.

Stiger, Mark A. "Mesa Verde subsistence patterns from Basketmaker to Pueblo III." Kiva 44, no. 2-3 (1979): 133-144.

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