What is the research assignment?
Dr. Martinez's class requires a 12-page research assignment and a 10-minute presentation on the topic of human trafficking. If your group is covering one of the “types” of human trafficking you’ll be analyzing, you’ll be consulting a variety of different information sources that include:
- Definition of the issue from global sources such as the UN Convention or an international non-governmental organization.
- Global statistics that indicate how widespread human trafficking is across geographic regions, specific countries, etc.
- International case studies from either a global organization that studies the work of several countries, or nationally-based organizations that do work within their own countries.
- Case studies of national governments/citizenry and their work in your assigned area.
- If your area focuses on the San Diego region, you will need to look at information from local organizations aimed at your assigned type (government or NGOs).
If your group is covering the "international responses" of human trafficking, you'll want to include:
- Definition of the reponse from global sources such as the UN Convention or an international non-governmental organization.
- A discussion of global attempts to prevent, protect, or prosecute (depending on your topic). You must include global statistics on how widespread the response is (is it better implemented in certain countries, regions, across regions, etc.)? Are there international conventions covering your response? Can you evaluate their success? Can you make any recommendations for improvement?
- Are there global organizations aimed at your assigned response (IGOs and NGOs)? What work do these global organization do? Are their efforts global in nature, or do they only work in several countries? Do they work with national-based orgs that also do work within their country? The case study work must be comparative.
- A discussion of U.S. attempts to prevent, protect, or prosecute (depending on your topic). Are there national organizations aimed at your assigned response? Can you evaluate their success? Can you make any recommendations for improvement? Are there national laws against trafficking? You should look at the United States (because many of the experts at the Town Hall will focus nationally and locally), but not solely. Consider case studies of national governments/citizenry and their work in your assigned area.
- Local attempts to prevent, protect, or prosecute (depending on your topic). Are there local organizations aimed at your assigned response (government and NGOs)? Can you evaluate them? Are they successful or not? Why or why not? Can you make any recommendations for improvement?
In addition to the sources above, you must have at least five scholarly sources which can include journal articles or books. You may also consult news articles to supplement your research.
While there isn’t a prescribed citation format, you must pick one (Chicago, MLA, APA, etc.) and be consistent.
Please remember to always consult Dr. Martinez directly if you have specific questions about the research assignment.
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.
Credit: Allison Carr
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 are the international responses to the targeting of migrant workers in human trafficking and forced labor?" break down your search into the main keywords:
human trafficking, migrant workers, forced labor
|Use AND to combine different keywords||human trafficking AND migrant workers | human trafficking AND labor violation|
|Use OR to combine similar keywords||human trafficking OR modern-day slavery|
|Use quotation marks (" ") to keep phrases together||migrant workers AND "debt bondage"|
|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|
Suggested Library Databases for Dr. Martinez's research assignment
Access to the latest research in core anthropology journals, including social and cultural studies.
|Full-text||current to current||All|
| Campbell Collaboration
Systematic reviews on the effects of social interventions in the areas of education, crime and justice, social welfare and international development.
|Full-text||2004 to present|
| Ethnic NewsWatch
<p>Full-text ethnic newspapers, searchable in English or Spanish.</p>
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1992 to current||None|
| European Views of the Americas
Index to materials published in Europe from the late 15th through mid-18th centuries concerning the New World.
|1493 to 1750|
Covers news and business information, including Dow Jones and Reuters newswires and The Wall Street Journal, plus more than 8,000 other sources providing current news.
|Full-text||1975 to current||Some|
<p>GenderWatch contains publications which focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. GenderWatch is a repository of an important historical perspective on the evolution of the women’s movement and the changes in gender roles.</p>
|Full-text||1970 to current||All|
All aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects.
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1948 to current||Most|
| Historical Abstracts
Historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1973 to current||All|
| ICPSR: Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Download social science datasets for use with statistical software, such as SPSS.
|Full-text||1992 to current||All|
| International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text
This database is the definitive research tool for theatre and dance studies. In addition to all the comprehensive indexing of the International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance (IBTD), it contains full text for top performing arts journals.
|Full-text||1936 - Current to current||Most|
| Kanopy Video Library
Kanopy provides streaming on-demand access to thousands of documentaries, feature and independent films, and training videos. Licensing partners include Criterion Collection, Universal Paramount, The Great Courses, New Day Films, California Newsreel, PBS, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, Documentary Educational Resources, and others. Kanopy videos can be viewed on a range of devices and platforms including Apple, Android, and Windows.
NewsBank is a provider of several databases containing primary source documents, including current and historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, government publications and more. This link provides access to all library databases provided by NewsBank, including America’s News (which contains current access to the San Diego Union-Tribune and several thousand other US newspapers), the Archive of Americana, a historical primary source and newspaper collection, the America’s Historical Newspapers collection, American State Papers and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set.
|Full-text||1789 to Current||Some|
An important index to political, economic, and social issues in current debate.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1972 to current||All|
| ProQuest Global Newsstream (formerly Newsstand)
Global Newsstream enables users to search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. This product provides one of the largest collections of news from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.
|Full-text||1980 to current||None|
| ProQuest - News & Newspapers
Search among ProQuest’s News & Newspapers databases
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||1985 to current||None|
| 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|
| Women's Studies International
Includes over 204,000 records drawn from a variety of essential women's studies databases.
|Links to full-text via Get-It||1972 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|
| 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|
| Google Scholar CSUSM
Link to citations and full-text from your CSUSM Library databases and beyond!
|Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It||current to current||All|
Suggested Internet Resources
Websites & Resources
Center for Global Development Independent think tank focused on mitigating global poverty and inequality through policy change in the U.S. and other first world countries
Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) European-based organization dedicated to researching global and regional political economies.
Human Rights Watch International organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights
Human Trafficking Center Housed at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (University of Denver), HTC provides research that improves inter-organizational cooperation and accountability, influences anti-trafficking policy, and raises public awareness about the problem
International Monetary Fund (IMF): Provides information on how economics have a global impact
Trafficking in Persons 2018 (report from U.S. State Department): "This year’s report focuses on effective ways local communities can address human trafficking proactively and on how national governments can support and empower them."
UNAIDS Works towards stopping new HIV infections, ensuring that everyone living with HIV has access to HIV treatment, protecting and promoting human rights and producing data for decision-making
UNICEF: This resource focuses on socioeconomic issues, particularly education and health, affecting children worldwide
World Bank: Their mission is to increase economic development and reduce poverty
World Health Organization: Health-based international organization serving all nations within the UN. This resource has information about global health initiatives as well as issues affecting individual countries.
United States Data
San Diego Data
Citing Your Sources
- Citing in Chicago Style (video) by Conestoga College Library
- Chicago Formatting and Style Guide by Purdue Online Writing Lab (Comprehensive online guide with examples)
- Chicago Sample Paper by Purdue Online Writing Lab (PDF)
- 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)
- In Text Citations (video) by Purdue Onine Writing Lab
- MLA Formatting and Style Guide by Purdue Online Writing Lab (Comprehensive online guide with examples)
- MLA Sample Paper by Purdue Online Writing Lab (PDF)