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Information Literacy Archaeology: Test yourself

Question 1

Is the information you find on the internet less reliable than the information in academic journals to which the UB subscribes?

Question 2

Why is peer review a good indication of how reliable the information is?

Question 3

Say, you have to write a paper on the Chaîne opératoire or the operational sequences of pottery production during the Neolithic (Chaîne opératoire is the “operational chain” or “operational sequence” and as a term used throughout anthropological discourse, but is commonly used in archaeology. It functions as a methodological tool for analysing the technical processes and social acts involved in the step-by-step production, use, and eventual disposal of artefacts, such as lithic tools or pottery).

You are searching for scholarly literature that you can use as a source for your paper.

Suppose you find the following publications:

  1. In Smartcat: Martineau, R., WALTER‐SIMONNET, A.V., Grobéty, B. and Buatier, M., 2007. CLAY RESOURCES AND TECHNICAL CHOICES FOR NEOLITHIC POTTERY (CHALAIN, JURA, FRANCE): CHEMICAL, MINERALOGICAL AND GRAIN‐SIZE ANALYSES. Archaeometry, 49(1), pp.23-52.
  2. To be found in Google Scholar “advanced search’ and on Academia.edu: Mazurkevich, A. and Dolbunova, E., 2012. The most ancient pottery and Neolithisation of Eastern Europe. Fontes Archaeologici Posnanienses, 48, pp.143-59.
  3. Information on chapter in book available but not fully accessible through Smartcat etc.: Milisauskas, S., 2011. Early Neolithic, the First Farmers in Europe, 7000–5500/5000 BC. In European Prehistory (pp. 153-221). Springer New York.
  4. In Smartcat: de Groot, B., Thissen, L., Özbal, R. and Gerritsen, F., 2017. Clay preparation and function of the first ceramics in north-west Anatolia: A case study from Neolithic Barcın Höyük. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.
  5. Found on ‘Google advanced’, https://www.sfb1266.uni-kiel.de/en/events/sessions-workshops/international-workshop-201cdetecting-and-explaining-technological-innovation-in-prehistoric-europe201d

Detecting and explaining technological innovation in prehistoric Europe

Use the criteria that you find in the chapter Evaluating to rank these papers in order of decreasing usefulness. Explain your choices.

Answer and explanation for query ‘Chaîne opératoire or the operational sequences of pottery production during the Neolithic’. 

Question 4

Say, you have to write a paper about the excavation of the corpse of the English king Richard III (1452-1485). He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. His remains were excavated in 2012 in Leicester. You are especially interested in the reasons that led to a dig on that specific site in Leicester. You are searching for scholarly literature that you can use as a source for your paper.

Suppose you find the following publications:

Use the criteria that you find in the chapter Evaluating to rank these papers in order of decreasing usefulness. Explain your choices.

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