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ANT 375 — Ethnographic Methods & Techniques

Cambodian textile

Contact Information

Caroline Bordinaro


Getting Started

Finding Books

Magazine, Journal and Newspaper Article Collections

Country Information

Scholarly Internet Resources

Plagiarism and Citing Sources

Library Guides (.DOC format)

Getting Started
  • Where to Start?
    • What's your research question? What information do you need to find? Write it as a sentence.
      • Separate out the keywords unique to your topic and use those to search.
    • Who cares about the same information? (e.g.: researchers, professional associations, government, etc.)
      • What information do they need? Where would they get it?
  • What resource are you currently using? Why is it important to know?
      • Is there a better tool for the job?
      • Are you using it in the most efficient/effective way?
  • Types of information available
      • Books, articles from journals, magazines and newspapers, websites
      • Newsletters
      • Reports
  • Terms you need to know before searching for articles
    • CONTROLLED VOCABULARY : Also called subject headings or descriptors. Official terms used to classify items in a database.
    • THESAURUS: List and finding aid for official controlled vocabulary terms. Also called Subject List.
    • ONLINE JOURNAL INDEX: A database that contains magazine, newspaper and journal articles e.g: PsycINFO.
    • JOURNAL (also SCHOLARLY JOURNAL): Scholarly publication, articles usually reviewed by experts in the field before publication; published for an academic audience; narrow focus; deeply researched e.g.; American Journal of Psychology
    • ABSTRACT: a brief summary of the main content of an article
    • FULL TEXT: the complete article. Click on the FindItCSUDH button to see if the Full Text is available.
    • CITATION: the basic information you need to find the full text of an article. Includes article title, author, publication, date, volume/issue and pages.
  • Search Concepts
    • Boolean operators
      • 1. AND: Cambodia AND art
        2. OR: Burma OR Myanmar
        3. NOT: Vietnam NOT war
    • Phrase searching"" ( "Phnom Penh")
    • Advanced Search: Use this frequently to determine your search options. This will save you TIME and FRUSTRATION!
    • If you can't find anything: don't freak out and go to Google! Ask a reference librarian for help

Rules and advice

  • Find index descriptors attached to useful article citations- redo your search with these "Official Database Topic Terms"
  • Always use the E-Mail, Print and Save functions embedded within the database window. It is usually not a good idea to use the File-Print or File-Save As functions in the upper left hand corner of the browser.
  • All databases function essentially the same way and have similar features.

Finding Books

Books are located using the Library's ToroFind catalog. Here you can search for books by author, title or subject. In addition to finding materials available in the CSUDH Library, you will find links that allow you to directly request books from other libraries. Links are provided below for other local libraries and libraries worldwide.

  • ToroFind : CSUDH Online Catalog is used to find books and other materials available in the CSUDH Library. If you don't see the right item listed, or want more titles, try an on a few keywords (in separate boxes).
  • Ebrary is a collection of electronic books on a variety of topics. Use the link to access this database. Ebrary books available are also listed in the ToroFind Catalog. (If you are using this collection for the first time, download the eBrary reader.)

If you are unable to locate a book in the CSUDH Collection, try these links:

  • ToroFind has a "Search All CSU Libraries" link for books available in the 23 libraries of the California State University.
  • WorldCat is a catalog that you enable you to search the catalogs of libraries throughout the United States and even the world. If you click on a link for a book, it will show you libraries having a copy of a book by distance from CSUDH.  You can use the information found here to request an interlibrary loan.
  • Have a book delivered to CSUDH using our Interlibrary Loan request form . You supply us the information, and the Interlibrary Loan Department will search for the book. This can be the slowest method since books may be requested from libraries in other states.

Magazine, Journal and Newspaper Article Collections

These indexes must be accessed through the library home page at
library.csudh.edu. Under Articles, E-books, Online Scholarly Resources, you may either browse by subject area or go to your favorite resource using the alphabetical List
NOTE: These are subscription databases, selected and provided specifically for CSUDH students. To access from home, please see our Remote Patron Access Instructions guide for login instructions.
  • Academic Search Premier indexes a broad range of topics and is a major resource for find articles in scholarly journals.
  • AnthroSource is a database that focuses on Anthropology and can be used to find articles in scholarly anthropology journals. Please be sure to set the term boxes to the appropriate field that you want to search. For example, the default on the first search line is "authors," but if you type in "Cambodia" you probably want to change this to a "keyword" search.
  • Ethnic Newswatch provides articles that appear in the news media.  When you are on the search page, please be sure that your database menu is set to Ethnic Newswatch.
  • Historical Abstracts provides citations to scholarly articles from a historical perspective.
  • JSTOR is an excellent resource for finding full-text, scholarly articles in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Project Muse is a database that provides full-text, scholarly journal articles in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
  • WilsonWeb: Omni Full Text Mega includes indexing of journals with information on a wide variety of topics.
  • WilsonWeb: Humanities Full Text is a collection of full text scholarly journal articles on a wide variety of topics in the humanities. 
  • Oxford Music Online is a comprehensive index to scholarly research on international music.

Not sure how to search? Use our How To Find Articles help page for assistance.

Country Information

University Library titles

  • Europa World Year Book [Ref JN1 .E85]
  • EIU Country Commerce series : In looseleaf binders, one for every country
    [Ref HG4538 C68]
  • Statesman's Year-Book [Ref JA51.S7]

Internet Resources:

Scholarly Internet Resources

Remember, not all web sites are created equally. Some sites can be valid sources of information, but others are filled with opinion represented as fact. While there isn't a 100% effective way to figure out what kind of site you're looking at, here are some guidelines to follow when using the internet for research:

  • Check Credibility - Is it easy to figure out who's behind the information? Does whomever it is know what they're talking about? Do they have qualifications in the field or some other reason to be trust-worthy in it?
  • Check Accuracy - Are the sources cited well? Is the information up-to-date? Are there any broad, sweeping generalisations that are impossible to verify?
  • Check Reasonableness - What is the page's point-of-view? Is it a corporate page trying to sell you a product? Is it a government or educational site where the main purpose is to educate people?
  • Check Support - Is it possible to double-check the information in another location?

These are indexes to quality web sites that have been reviewed by librarians. The sites have been checked for accuracy, timeliness, stability, and will generally conform to the standards of academic research. However, please be judicious in the use of websites in general, because anybody can put anything on the web.

  • Use Google Scholar as your search engine for scholarly articles in Google.  Click here for a tutorial on Google Scholar, including instructions for setting Google Scholar to CSUDH.
  • Infomine (infomine.ucr.edu): A project from the Univeristy of California and other universities, it is a searchable index of websites specifically appropriate for university research. Click on SocSci & Humanities to search their specialized index.
  • Internet Public Library (www.ipl.org): Index of websites reviewed by librarians, geared toward the general public. Choose a topic from the index or use Advanced Search to search for keywords.
  • Evaluating Information on the Web: This is a very good checklist from the Pasadena City College Library for judging the quality of not only information on the Internet, but any information you may want to use for an assignment.

Plagiarism and Citing Sources

What is plagiarism? - Plagiarism is "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." (OED)

In essence, when you quote or paraphrase from somebody else's work without citing it, you are plagiarizing their work. Plagiarism is a serious matter, and could result in a lower or failing grade and even in your expulsion from university. Just rewording your work isn't enough to avoid plagiarism. Since you are still borrowing information heavily from another writer, you still need to include a citation.

But I didn't know! - Ignorance of the law is unfortunately no excuse. You can commit plagiarism without meaning to, and it's just as serious a problem if you do.

How can I avoid it? - You can avoid plagiarism by always citing your sources. Whenever you put a quotation or borrow information heavily from a source, be sure you include a citation in the proper APA style. This will let your professor know you aren't trying to pass the idea off as your own. Taking detailed notes on where you get your information helps a lot with this, since it prevents you from forgetting which is your own work and which is borrowed from others.

For more information, see the official CSUDH definition at http://www.csudh.edu/copyright/plagiarism.shtml

How to Cite Your Sources in a Research Paper shows you how to cite books, articles, and web resources in APA, MLA, and Turabian formats. Always check with your professor to find out which citation format is preferred.

Library Guides (.DOC format)