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Guide for CSUDH students for research in all fields of anthropology (archaeology, biological, cultural, and linguistic).
For some assignments you may be asked to find an ethnography. Finding ethnographies in OneSearch isn't easy, and a keyword search for "ethnography" won't always help. First of all, there isn't one subject tag just for ethnographies. The most common Library of Congress subject subheading assigned to ethnographies is "social life and customs" but "case studies" and "ethnology" are some of the other subheadings that may be assigned. It is also rare that the phrase "ethnography" be used in the title of the book itself. Ethnographic books about a particular cultural group will be shelved next to other books about that group or region and not shelved with other ethnographies. For a critique of ethnography as a historically racist methodology, which discusses some issues of classification, see Linda Smith's book, Decolonizing Methodologies.
Search by the name of an anthropologist to see if they have published a book based on their fieldwork
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For more discussion, on the biases in classification language of culture and people check out the following video:
OneSearch is a library search tool where you can find almost everything the CSUDH Library owns or subscribes to on one platform. Use OneSearch to find books, including textbooks, articles, streaming videos, and more! A great place to start for any research project. You can also use OneSearch to find the full text, borrow books from other CSU libraries, and generate a citation.