1) If you topic is BROAD, Mayan Art for example, use small databases. Anthropology Plus is a good place to start.
3) 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 Latin American Studies.
1) Use an asterisk (*) at the end of a word or part of a word to retrieve variations.
2) Use "quotation marks" to search for a phrase, such as "human sacrifice". This will limit the number of results you receive. It is particularly useful in JSTOR and Google Scholar.
AND - narrows a search; Use to combine key concepts, for example: Maya AND sports
OR - broadens a search; Use to add concepts, for example: government OR state
NOT - excludes search term(s). Use to eliminate a concept, for example:ritual NOT sacrifice. Use sparingl