ANTH 301: Ethnographic Research Project (Healer Case Study)
Professor Godde is asking you to write a 10 page minimum field assignment about a healing modality takes place within (e.g. acupuncture) or alongside (e.g. curanderismo) our (U.S.) medical system. This field assignment involves learning about healing in a specific context and requires that you engage in participant observation and face-to-face interview.
At least five academic sources must be consulted. These sources will help orient yourself to the nature of healing and its cultural context, but they will not be the focus of the paper. Rather, the focus of the paper is on the healing method as you understand it provided to you by the healer. Non-scholarly, non-peer reviewed publications will not be accepted.
ANTH 301: 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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WATCH: What is a scholarly article?
Popular, Scholarly, and Trade Sources (knowing the difference) (University of Texas 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 "How is Ayurvedic medicine a useful intervention for heart conditions?" break down your search into the main keywords:
Ayurveda, Ayurvedic medicine, health, heart, cardiovascular, hypertension, India, phytotherapy, hatha yoga, massage
Use quotation marks (" ") to keep phrases together
Use AND to combine different keywords
|"massage therapy" AND Ayurveda|
|Use OR to combine similar/associated keywords||Ayurveda AND (cultur* or ethnograph*)|
|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
<p>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.</p>
|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)