ANTH 200: Ethnographic Research Project: Guidelines for Culture Case Study
Professor Godde is asking you to write a 5-7 page field assignment to help you understand a particular culture, or sub-culture. This field assignment involves learning about the culture in a specific context or a feature of a culture. You will be required to engage in a participant observation and/or face-to-face interview.
At least three academic sources must be consulted. These sources will orient you to the culture you're studying but they will not be the focus of the paper. Rather, the focus of the paper is on the culture/healing method as you understand it provided to you by the interviewee(s). Non-scholarly, non-peer reviewed publications will not be accepted.
ANTH 200: Identify and Find Scholarly Articles
A scholarly article is how researchers (scholars) communicate the findings and analysis of their research. Scholarly articles:
- Provide original research and analysis - these articles are based on studies or experiments, or analyze an artifact or event. Every scholarly article presents something new about the world we didn't know before.
- Are written by scholars - scholars tend to hold PhDs, or other advanced degrees and are professors at universities.
- Are published in peer-reviewed journals - These are generally accessed via library databases.
- Might be hard to read - they act as the primary conversation between scholars about a field of study. Since they are written by scholars, for scholars, they contain specialized language that might be hard for the lay person to understand.
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Distinguishing scholarly articles from non-scholarly sources (USC Libraries)
Boolean Searching in the Databases
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Tips on searching the databases
Here are some general tips on searching for articles for your report:
|Use keywords, not long search phrases||
Instead of searching for "What is the meaning of the altar in Dia de los Muertos and how has it shifted over time among families who have migrated from Mexico to the U.S.?" break down your search into the main keywords:
"Dia de los Muertos", ofrenda, altares de muertos, United States, migration, immigration, Mexico
Use quotation marks (" ") to keep phrases together
Use AND to combine different keywords
|"Dia de los Muertos" AND "cultural tradition"|
|Use OR to combine similar/associated keywords||altar OR ofrenda OR "altares de muertos"|
|Look for ways to limit your search in the database||You can often limit by type of article (scholarly and peer-reviewed), year of publication, subject|
Library Databases for Anthropology
Access to the latest research in core anthropology journals, including social and cultural studies.
|Full-text||current to current||All|
| Academic Search Premier
This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1975 to current||Most|
| CINAHL Complete
CINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, provides indexing for articles from 5,400 journals in the fields of nursing and allied health. This database provides full text access to more than 1,300 journals dating back to 1937.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1937 to current||Most|
Contains (EXCEPT for the latest five years) core scholarly journals in sociology, history, economics, political science, mathematics, African-American & Asian studies, literature, humanities, music, and biological, health & general sciences.
|Full-text||1838 to most recent five years||Most|
| Sociological Abstracts
Provides access to the latest international findings in theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and political science.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1963 to current||All|
Provides full text access to over 1,000 journals covering all fields of science.
|Full-text||1995 to current||Most|
| Communication & Mass Media Complete
Provides abstracts and full text for more than 200 communication journals.
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1950 to current||Some|
Available via EbscoHost: A comprehensive international database of psychology, covering the academic, research, and practice literature in psychology from over 45 countries in more than 30 languages.
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1887 to current||All|
Search all of ProQuest's databases.
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1971 to current||Most|
| Wiley Online Library
Access to abstracts and full text from journals, reference works, databases, and books. Disciplines covered include the life sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, earth sciences, education, social sciences, humanities, business, and mathematics
|Some full-text||1996 to current||Most|
Citing Your Sources
Professor Godde has indicated that you will be using APA citation style for this assignment. If you need further assistance with citation, please reach out to a librarian or contact the Writing Center.
Here are some citation resources you may consult:
- In Text Citations by APA (Video)
- APA Formatting and Style Guide by Purdue Online Writing Lab (Comprehensive online guide with examples)
- APA Sample Paper by Purdue Online Writing Lab (PDF)