AnthroNotes Editors Launch Searchable, Downloadable Digital DatabaseInterested in ancient Egypt, Native Americans, Arctic climate change, or archaeology? Thanks to a joint effort of the Smithsonian’s Department of Anthropology and Smithsonian Libraries, anyone now can download in-depth, research-based essays and classroom tested teaching activities on a wide range of topics through the AnthroNotes digital database.
The entire collection of 84 issues of AnthroNotes (1979-2012) and 263 selected individual AnthroNotes articles, each with a new abstract, can be downloaded from the Smithsonian Libraries’ Official Digital Repository. Individual articles are offered in three formats, designed for computers (PDF), mobile devices (mobi), and e-readers (E-Pub). Articles are free of copyright restrictions; photocopying for classroom use is permitted and encouraged. All 263 individual articles, as well as the 84 issues of AnthroNotes, are also searchable through Google and the Smithsonian Collections Database (search term: AnthroNotes).
The digital AnthroNotes project was completed in the fall of 2015. The database is searchable by author, title, and year, as well as major subfields such as archaeology or linguistics. Searches may be conducted in over 40 topics including geographic regions (Africa, the Middle East, Asia); contemporary issues (refugees, forensics, genetics); and education (teaching activities, teaching resources, careers in anthropology).
In addition, Amazon carries both the paperback and the e-book version of the second, expanded edition of Anthropology Explored, The Best of Smithsonian AnthroNotes, which includes 36 AnthroNotes articles along with abstracts and recent author updates. The book’s chapters are divided into three sections: Investigating Our Origins and Variation, Examining Our Archaeological Past, and Exploring Our Many Cultures. Also available is a free online Instructors’ Guide.
Originally part of the NSF-funded George Washington University-Smithsonian Institution Anthropology for Teachers Program, AnthroNotes includes research-based articles by leading scholars in the field as well as classroom-tested activities. The publication received the Society for American Archaeology’s 2002 Award for Excellence in Public Education for “presenting archaeological and anthropological research to the public in an engaging and accessible style and for encouraging the study of these disciplines in classrooms across the nation.”
Throughout its history, AnthroNotes was published by the National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Anthropology. The museum’s Office of Education and Outreach has a website (Qrius) where you can find webcasts, online collections, and teaching resources, as well as a sign up for an e-newsletter. Visit the Q?rius website at Qrius.si.edu
The AnthroNotes editors: Alison S. Brooks, Carolyn Gecan, P. Ann Kaupp, Colleen Popson, and Ruth O. Selig
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