Your topic will help determine where to search.
If you topic is BROAD, Aztec government for example, use small databases. Anthropology Plus is a good place to start.
If your topic is somewhere in the middle or you aren't sure, start with JSTOR. It is a large database but you can narrow your search to specific subject areas, such as Anthropology, Archaeology and/or Latin American Studies.
There are a few search strategies which will work in most databases.
Use an asterisk (*) after a word to retrieve all of its variations.
Use "quotation marks" to search for a phrase. This will limit the number of results you receive. It is particularly useful in JSTOR and Google Scholar.
Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
AND - narrows a search; Use to combine key concepts, for example: Andes AND organization
OR - broadens a search; Use to add concepts, for example: politics OR government
NOT - excludes search term(s). Use to eliminate a concept, for example: Chaco NOT Argentina Use sparingly!