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ANTH 3341 Anthropology Research Methods

Annotated Bibliography

Guide to Ethnographic Research

Search Tips for Enthnography:

  • Use subject terms EthnographyEthnology, Social Life and Customs.  (Note: Most books in the library will not have a subject heading for Ethnography since it is not defined as a Library of Congress controlled term).
  • Use keyword Ethnograph* to catch all variations of the word Ethnography, Ethnographic, Ethnographies.
  • Combine keywords for subject you want to study with Cultur*, Participant Observation, Case Stud* 
  • Not all books or articles label themselves as ethnographies.  Read the abstract and summaries to determine if it fits the definition of an ethnography.

Too Many Results?

  • 1. Filter out non-scholarly articles.  If you are required to find peer-reviewed articles, look for the "Peer-Reviewed" box located in most databases to quickly weed-out most non-scholarly works.  This will also remove newspapers, dissertations, blogs, and governmental or business reports.

    2. Select "Full-Text" whenever you can.  This will narrow results automatically to articles you can read right away, avoiding unnecessary delays for Interlibrary Loan.

    3. Limit your results by most recent articles only.  Most databases have either a limit or sort feature, enabling you to push more recent--and therefore more authoritative--results to the top.

    4. Narrow your topic by adding more  keywords for a particular time, place, demographic, or perspective.  If your topic is "Farmer's Markets", you may try to include other keywords like Rural, Southwest, Economic Aspects, Women.

    Too Few Results?

    1. Cast a broader net with your search terms.  Choose more general terms, remove specific locations.

    2. Use a thesaurus to find synonyms for keywords.  

    3. Try different databases.  We have a variety of resources--be diverse in your searching.

    4. Contact your librarian.  We are happy to help you explore alternative search strategies and locations to help you find resources.