ANTH 200: Ethnographic Research Project: Guidelines for Culture Case Study

ANTH 200: Ethnographic Research Project: Guidelines for Culture Case Study

ANTH 200: Ethnographic Research Project

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

ANTH 200: Identify and Find Scholarly Articles

GBST 300 - Identifying 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)

TUTORIAL: How to find scholarly articles in the CSUSM library databases





ANTH 200: Find Scholarly Articles

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:

Tip Examples
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 publicationsubject 



Library Databases for Anthropology

Library Databases for Anthropology

Most Useful

Database Full Text Coverage Scholarly

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

Also Useful

Database Full Text Coverage Scholarly
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

Citing Your Sources