LOCATING RESOURCES FOR ANTHROPOLOGY:
To find academic and non-academic resources, start at the Barber Library Web page at http://www.cocc.edu/library/.
Look for the icon that says Resources by Subject.
Scroll down, and look for the link that leads you to the Social Sciences Resources page.
That leads you to a great webpage that has links to our online catalog (to find books), links to online encyclopedias, and many, many links to our online databases (to find articles) in the field of anthropology.
Topics for your Cultural Anthropology midterm research assignment are best addressed using our online encyclopedias (to locate background and history of a product) and article databases (to locate articles about the globalization, industry, and marketing of a product).
Wikipedia can also be invaluable for determining the background and history of a product. Know, however, that your assignment requires you to use a number of “official” library resources; that is, encyclopedias (online and print), and articles (mainly accessible via databases).
Since you are researching products for this course, you’ll find some great resources on our Business page as well.
USE THESE ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA COLLECTIONS FOR BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
Scroll down the Social Sciences Resources page or Business page and look for Encyclopedias and More. Choose an encyclopedia that looks like it would include information on your topic. Some particular titles of interest include:
The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries
Encyclopedia of American Industries
Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries
Encyclopedia of Global Industries
Encyclopedia of World Cultures
Fashion, Costume, and Culture
Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
Also look for our Credo Reference , Gale Virtual Reference Library, Sage Reference Collection and ABC-CLIO Reference Collection –these allow you to search for a topic across a dozens (or hundreds!) of online encyclopedias at the same time.
The article databases Academic Search Premier or Academic OneFile are great places to start for academic articles. Also try Business Resource Premier and Business, Economics and Theory for a business/economic perspective on your product.
MasterFile Premier and Popular Magazines are great places to start for non-academic articles.
- Try typing in keywords (use truncation–the *–to serve as a wild card for plurals and various endings.
- Try limiting your search to keywords in article titles (use the pull down menu).
- Try limiting your search to full text and/or peer reviewed (scholarly, academic) articles.
- Try using ” ” for phrases (example: “fair trade”).
- Try using some of the cultural anthropology concepts and phrases discussed in your midterm project description: globalization, capitalism, “fair trade”, enculturation, “cultural relativism”.
HOW TO DETERMINE WHETHER A SOURCE IS ACADEMIC OR NOT ACADEMIC:
Academic books and articles will be supported with footnotes/endnotes and bibliographies. Look at the back of the book or scroll down to the end of an article to find these. Other signs of an academic source are the publisher (is it a university press?) or the title or credentials of the journal. Most of our article databases allow you to limit your search to scholarly (academic) resources. Academic sources tend to dive deep into a topic. The article databases Academic Search Premier or Academic OneFile are great places to start for academic articles.
Non-academic (or popular) sources may be brief, involve more illustrations, be printed on glossy paper, and perhaps provide a ‘light’ or subjective take on a topic.
Several of our article databases–MasterFile Premier and Popular Magazines--focus on non academic articles.
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