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Ethnographic Research


Books

Use the Tredway Library catalog, ALiCat, to search for books. If you're not finding what you need, use I-Share, a catalog of books from the libraries of nearly 80 college & university libraries throughout Illinois.

Searching ALiCat & I-Share:

1. The keyword search on the homepage may be too basic - click on "Advanced Search" to see additional search options that will lead to better results.
2. Stack your keyword search terms to combine them with "and." Example: college AND volunteer? (the "?" truncates your search; in other words, you'll get results for "volunteer," "volunteers," "volunteerism," etc.)
3. If you find a relevant record, click on the title to see more detailed information. Notice the links next to "topics"; each of these is a hyperlink that will take you to other books about that subject.
4. Browse! You may start to notice that several books you've found in ALiCat are located close to each other on the shelves; books are organized by subject, so head up to that section of the stacks and take a look at other books that are nearby on the shelves.

 

Scholarly Articles in Anthropology

To quickly get to shortened list of databases that are appropriate for research in anthropology, start at the library homepage and select "Databases," then "Anthropology, Political Science, etc.."

The databases listed below (and others on the social sciences page) will be good resources for anthropology-specific articles, but your research may also be informed by scholarship in other areas, including history, sociology, political science, religion, etc. You can find additional databases in these areas by choosing the appropriate link from the "Databases" menu on the library homepage.

Some specific suggestions:

▪ Anthropology Plus (accessible only via the "EBSCO Databases in Anthropology" link on the social sciences page) 
- Click on "advanced search" under the search box at the top of the screen.
- You may wish to narrow your search to "English" at the bottom of the search page.
- After you run your search, expand the "Subject" menu on the left to combine ideas using the suggested vocabulary provided.

▪ AnthroSource
- Click on "advanced search" under the search box at the top of the screen.
- Searching for "all of the words" allows you to search for multiple ideas at once (you don't need to type "AND").
-After you run your search, it may be helpful to narrow using the "focus by" links on the right; if not, return to the advanced search page and refine your search by adding more terms.

▪ JSTOR
- Go right to the "advanced search" screen.
-Below the search area, check the box by "Article," narrow to "English" using the drop-down menu, and limit to appropriate disciplines (Anthropology, Education, Religion, etc.).

▪ FRANCIS
- Choose the "Advanced Search" option, and then click the "Peer Reviewed" box and narrow language to "English."
- After you run a search, choose a result that looks good and click into the detailed record.  Scroll down a bit to see a full list of subject headings for that article that will help you refine your search.

▪ Sociological Abstracts
- Change the drop-down box on the right from "Anywhere" to "Abstract"; if a search term appears in the abstract, there's a greater chance the article focuses on that idea
- Next to "Limit to:" check the box that says "Peer reviewed"
- After your results screen comes up, expand the "Subject" menu on the right side of the screen to get a better idea of the terminology used by this database.  Keep a list of these subject terms, and use them to construct new searches.

▪ Gender Studies
- Before you run your search, halfway down the page (under the heading "Limit your results") check the box next to "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals."
- After you run a search, use the links on the left to focus your results. In particular, expand the "subject" category to see suggestions for subtopics related to the search terms you entered.
- If the links to the left aren't what you're looking for, either add additional terms to your search at the top, or click into a record that's similar to what you need - you'll see a list of additional subject terms to try.

▪ Family and Society Studies Worldwide
- Before you run your search, halfway down the page (under the heading "Limit your results") check the box next to "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals."
- After you run a search, use the links on the left to focus your results. In particular, expand the "subject" category to see suggestions for subtopics related to the search terms you entered.
- If the links to the left aren't what you're looking for, either add additional terms to your search at the top, or click into a record that's similar to what you need - you'll see a list of additional subject terms to try.

 

**How can you be sure that you have the "right" kind of article?**

If you choose "peer-reviewed" or a similar option when searching in an online database, you can be confident that the results you find are going to be scholarly. But what if you're in a database where it's unclear how to narrow to scholarly results, or the database doesn't let you do that at all?

▪ Check Ulrich's (in Augustana's Databases A-Z). Enter the title of the journal and click "search." If it is peer-reviewed, it will have an icon that resembles a referee's jersey.

If you're still unsure or if you have problems verifying the journal in Ulrich's, feel free to ask a librarian or Dr. Hough.

**Help! There's no link to the full text!**

In most cases, just because there's no full-text link right there, that doesn't mean you can't get the article, often right away! Here's how to get your hands on the full text of any article you find:

1. If there's a full-text link in the database you're in, just click on it!
2. If you don't see a full-text link, go to the library homepage and click the "Journals & Magazines" tab. Enter the journal's title to see if the full text is available somewhere else.
3. If Augustana doesn't own the article you're looking for, click on "Interlibrary Loan" under "Research Tools" on the left side of the homepage. It's free, and you'll usually get the article within 3-5 days.

RefWorks

RefWorks allows you to download, manage, and store citations for your research projects. While you're working in any of the databases listed above or searching for books in ALiCat or I-Share, you can add citation information to your online RefWorks database. Once you've completed your research, you can also use RefWorks to format your paper and create your bibliography!

Getting citations from ALiCat & I-Share into RefWorks:

ALiCat:
1. If you were searching using the new Basic or Advanced Search, make a note of the titles you'd like to add to your RefWorks database.
2. Click on "Classic View" and do a "title" search for the first title (changing the drop-down box from "any word anywhere" to "title").
3. When the book comes up, scroll to the bottom of the page, make sure it says "full record," and click the "Print/Save" button.
4. A new screen with reformatted text will appear; select all of this text and copy it.
5. In your RefWorks account, choose "import" from the "references" menu on the left.
6. Paste the text into the bottom window. Choose "Augustana College" as the "Import Filter/Data Source" and "ALiCat" as the database. Click "Import" at the bottom.

I-Share:
1. Make a note of the titles you'd like to add to your RefWorks database. (Also note the author, just in case.)
2. Return to the library homepage and click the small "WorldCat" link just below the search box. 
3. Using the title & author information you saved, pull up the record of the first book you'd like to save in RefWorks.
4. Check the box next to the record, then scroll to the bottom of the page and choose the "Export" button.
5. Indicate that you want to export only the selected record to RefWorks, then click "Export."

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Created by Anne Earel, Reference Librarian. Updated March 2014.