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Teachers’ and Students’ Resources Available on This Site

The following files were developed over the years to be of help to students in my classes. Students and teachers should feel free to use them as desired. No further permission is needed. China-related materials, from reference tables to full on-line books, are listed on a separate page. (Link) Materials intened for the use of teachers, including the famous quiz makers, are listed at the bottom of the page. (Link)

Page Contents

Advice to College Students for Academic Success

  1. College Study Hints
    ("How to Prevent Homework From Screwing Up Real Life")
  2. Academic Integrity & Cheating
    (This is a more detailed —and useful— discussion than a student is likely to find elsewhere. It even includes the infamous "Disastrous Adventures of Jimmy Gimmie." Although it focuses on UCSD and is based in my experience as professor and administrator at UCSD, pretty much all of it is broadly applicable elsewhere.)
  3. Ethical Dilemmas of College Students
    (Cases of troublesome behavior for discussion.)
  4. How To Avoid Sounding Like an Idiot: Avoiding the Pet Peeves of People Who Read Your Stuff
    (This is the famed and dreaded "gorilla paper." Since people will judge you by your writing, you might as well know what they are going to be annoyed by.)
  5. How to Cite Sources As Painlessly As Possible: Bibliographic Format Specimens (& stuff your English teacher never told you)
    (This is a very useful guide to doing citations and bibliographies in termpapers and articles in the simplest way possible. Examples include kinds of sources that writing teachers never tell people about.)
  6. Quick Tips for Ethnographic Interviewing
    (Many anthropology classes ask students to find informants and interview them, but few give any guidance on how this is done. Here is a quick and easy starting point.)
  7. Classical Chamber Music Concerts (Occasionally Asked Questions from Puzzled Students)
  8. Advice to Anthropology Graduate Students Applying for Academic Jobs
  9. Advice to Candidates Applying for Academic Support-Staff Jobs

China Resources

  1. Huge Collection of Stuff (Separate Index Page)

Biological Anthropology

  1. Ten Essays on Human Evolution
    These essays were written by the staff of the Making of the Modern World sequence in Eleanor Roosevelt College, UCSD for use in that sequence. They are publicly available for non-profit educational use.)
  2. Mitochondrial Eve
  3. Human Birth and Bipedalism
  4. Essential Fossils: A Folio
  5. Epidemic Disease
    A brief overview for college students of four historically significant epidemic diseases (smallpox, flu, plague, and cholera) and their cultural interpretations and implications.
  6. Reference Table of Hominid Classification


  1. Tables & Maps
    1. Chronological Table of Mesoamerican Archaeology
    2. Aztec Chronology with Imperial Genealogy and Reign List
    3. Chronological Table of Southwestern Archaeology
    4. Chronology of Troy
    5. Geological Time & European Prehistoric Assemblages
    6. Map of Mexican State Names for use in any course related to Mexico
    7. Map of Southwestern River Systems
  2. Essays
    1. Basic Stone Tools
    2. Paleo-Indian Spear Points
    3. Ancient Metallurgy
    4. Ancient Cloth
    5. Prehistoric Beringia
    6. The Bantu Expansion
    7. The Neolithic & the Metal Ages (Five Essays)
      (There is also an earlier version with frames. Link)
    8. Writing: What It Does & How It Works
      (This essay gives a general overview of how writing systems work, including an argument that Chinese and Egyptian are more similar than people think. It includes arguments about the disadvantages of writing.)

Language & Linguistics

  1. Slightly Geeky Beginners' Guides for Pronouncing Various Languages Without Knowing Them
    (Includes: Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, Ancient Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Near Eastern Languages, Turkish, Nahuatl (Aztec), Esperanto, Italian.)
  2. Esperanto (Entry Link)
  3. Classical Nahuatl (Aztec)
  4. Chinese (Separate Index Page)

General Anthropology

  1. Annotated Dictionary of Anthropology
    (New security measures on the UCSD servers in 2019 rendered this data base unstable, so it has been moved off campus. Occasional references to it within other files may not yet have been discovered and redirected.)
  2. Quick Essays on Theory
    (Very simple introductions to several major concepts: Definbitions, Models, Classification, Motivation, Cross-Cutting Ties, Symbols & Mystifictation, Evolution)
  3. Background Note on Tea

General Anthropology: Broad Portraits of Societies

  1. Ancient Greece: A Brief Introduction for College Students
    (Overview of Greek History from Mycenaean to Hellenistic times, with links to extensive additional Greek materials on this web site.)
  2. The Aztecs: A Tributary Empire (Displayed in Frames, without frames)
    (Equivalent to about 50 printed pages. This page is designed to fit well with readings in the Aztec Folio. The evolution of the Internet has once again disabled the glossary sound files in both versions. I hope to get back to that some day.)
  3. Organization & Mystification in an African Kingdom
    (Equivalent to about 28 printed pages. Describes how Nyoro myth supported traditional kingship.)
  4. Hopi Social Order
    (Equivalent to about 17 printed pages. Displayed in frames.)
  5. Budge: Babylonian Life & History (Chapters 5, 7, 9)
    (By E. A. Wallis Budge)
    (Includes summaries of the Gilgamesh Epic and the Laws of Hammurabi —equivalent to about 7 pages each— and an overview of Babylonian life.)
  6. Most Ancient China
    (Equivalent to about 12 printed pages. Also listed on China page.)
  7. Egyptian Origins
    (Equivalent to about 30 printed pages; allows toggling between full and abridged versions. Content addresses the consolidation of the earliest Egyptian state and the emergence of divine kingship.)
  8. Breasted: History of Egypt (Chapters 18-19)
    (By James Henry Breasted; allows toggling between full and abridged versions. These chapters deal with Akhenaten and the Amarna period.)

Ethnography of Religion: China (Link)

Ethnography of Religion: Christianity

  1. Annotated Bibliography on Christianity
  2. Catholic Religious Vocabulary
  3. Chronology of Christianity
  4. Major Christian Heresies (stated with stark simplicity)
  5. Amazingly Cool Christianity Quizzes
  6. Miscellaneous Web Links on Christianity
  7. Day of the Dead in Mixquic
    (Composed to complement related Aztec readings.)

Miscellaneous Texts or Translations for (non-China) Class Discussion

These are texts I have put into HTML format for class use, usually with added introductory orientations ("procursi"). To the best of my knowledge all are available for free educational use by anybody, and interested instructors can refer students here or download copies as needed. China-related texts (including Taiwan materials) are indexed instead on the China Resources page.

  1. Chinese Materials (Separate listing. Translations, texts for class discussion, &c. are listed within subject categories.)

  2. Ancient Near Eastern Materials
    1. Three Egyptian Tales
      (Modified from Petrie, Egyptian Tales, with links to original.)
      1. The Eloquent Peasant
      2. Taking Joppa by Ruse
      3. Prince Setna and the Magic Book of Thoth
    2. The Epic of Gilgamesh
      (Retold by E. A. Wallis Budge. Extracted from Babylonian Life & History ch. 5, formatted for independent use.)
    3. The Code of Hammurabi
      (Described by E. A. Wallis Budge. Extracted from Babylonian Life & History ch. 7, formatted for independent use.)

  3. South Asian Materials
    1. The Story of Rama & Sita
      (The Ramayana, retold, with an introduction)
      (Equivalent to about 5 printed pages.)
    2. The Story of the Anklet
      (The Shilappadikaram, retold, with an introduction)
      Equivalent to about 6 printed pages.)
    3. A Jataka Tale: Prince Vessantara (Retold, with an introduction)
      (Equivalent to about 5 printed pages.)
    4. Life of the Buddha (Retold, with an introduction)
      (Equivalent to about 38 printed pages. Heavily illustrated by students.)

  4. Jewish & Christian Materials
    1. Four Hebrew Tales (Reformated or re-edited from the public-domain bibles with introductions and notes added.)
      1. Tobias & the Angel (The Book of Tobit)
      2. Jonah & the Great Fish (The Book of Jonah)
      3. The Story of Judith (The Book of Judith)
      4. Susanna & the Elders (from The Book of Daniel)
    2. Hebrew Sacred History
      (Heavily selected extracts from Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Isaiah, and Jeremiah to provide a world civilization class with a general sense of the ancient Hebrew "contract with God.")

    3. The Life of Jesus (Abridged)
      (Gospel extracts combined to make a quick overview of the canonical account of Jesus' life and ministry.)
    4. Christian Documents for Class Discussion (Credos & Common Prayers, most in Latin and English)
    5. Voragine: The Story of St. Nicholas (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
    6. Nican Mopohua: Here It Is Told
      (The original text of the alleged apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531. Bilingual presentation, with pictures, originally intended for use with the Nahuatl materials listed elsewhere.)

  5. Greek Materials
    1. A Beginner's Guide to the Iliad & the Trojan War: An Introduction for Non-Literature Students
      (Equivalent to about 35 printed pages. Includes summary, relevant mythology, dramatis personae, archaeological findings, &c.)
    2. Texts About Socrates
      1. Plato: Charmides (Chapters 154-160) (Tr. by Benjamin Jowett)
      2. Plato: The Republic (Beginning of Book I) (Tr. by Benjamin Jowett)
        (Two works intended to be read together as an introduction to Socratic reasoning.)
      3. Xenophon: Oeconomicus (Chapters A.1; A.2.1-5)
        (Tr. by R.C. Marchant)
        (More Socratic reasoning: Wealth and how to achieve it.)
      4. Xenophon: Memorabilia (Chapters I.3.5-14) (Tr. by R.C. Marchant)
        (How to live on very little.)
      5. Plato: Phaedo (Chapters 59-64) (Tr. by Benjamin Jowett)
        (Socrates' trial and death.)
    3. Hippocrates: Comments on Medicine (Various Translations)
    4. Aristotle: Two Selections
      1. Meteorology III:2-4 (Tr. by Erwin Wentworth Webste)
      2. Poetics Chapters 4-5 (Tr. by Webster, Bywater)

  6. Roman Materials
    1. Caesar: The War in Gaul (Book 1) (Tr. by W.A. MacDevitt)
    2. Augustus: The Deeds of the Divine Augustus (Tr. by T. Bushnell)
    3. Three Stoic Writers:
      1. Cicero (Bilingual. Tr by William Armistead Falconer)
      2. Marcus Aurelius (Bilingual. Tr. by George Long
      3. Epictetus (Bilingual. Tr. by George Long)

  7. Aztec/Nahua Materials
    1. An Aztec Folio
      (Most of these items, although presented here bilingually, are offered with additional linguistic aids as part of a more linguistically focused Aztec chrestomathy referenced on the main Nahuatl page.)
      1. The Death of Quetzalcöätl (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
      2. The Wonderful Toltecs (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
      3. Bernal Díaz: The Tlatelolco Market (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
      4. Diego Durán: The Flaying of Men (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
      5. Mictlanteuctli: Lord of the Land of the Dead (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
      6. Three Aztec Poems (Tr. by Daniel Brinton. Bilingual)
      7. The Murders of Coatlicue and Coyolxauhqui (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
    2. Nican Mopohua: Here It Is Told
      (The original text of the alleged apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531. Bilingual presentation, with pictures, originally intended for use with the Nahuatl materials listed above and elsewhere.)

    Miscellaneous On-Line Utilities for Teachers

    1. Very Useful Interactive Quiz Generators for Your Web Site & Suggestions for Quiz Use
      (Quizzes made with these pages are designed to be mounted on a teacher's site, but can also be downloaded from the teacher's site to a student's own computer. They are fully interactive, but do NOT report results to anybody but the quiz taker and cannot easily be used to influence grades. Probably for this reason, they have been very well received by students. Several teachers have emailed me to the effect that they prefer them to commercial products. Details are provided on linked group of pages.)
    2. Less Useful Interactive Glossaries for Your Web Site
      (Glossaries made with this page can be used on a teacher's web site or downloaded from the teacher's site to a student's own computer. They provide study aids roughly on a par with flashcards. The script here works fine, but I have decided that, like flashcards, I don't think it is very effective educationally.)
    3. Not Very Useful Unicode Maker
      (This converts a word or phrase in Chinese, Greek, Russian, or Esperanto into the UTF-8 codes, decimal or hex, sometimes needed for use in non-unicode-compliant web pages.)
    4. Not Very Useful General Diacritic Screen
      (This screen converts text that uses numbers to show tone into standard diacritics for Mandarin Cantonese (Hong Kong or Guǎngzhōu). It also converts Esperanto X-formats into standard orthography. For more extensive page for Esperanto, click here.)
    5. Not Very Useful Color Tester
      (This page can check codes for background and text colors on your web pages. It is very primitive, but occasionally useful. Works fine off-line.)

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