ANTH 2351 Assignment Guide
As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.
Margaret Mead, Coming of age in samoa, 1928, Introduction
Bartlett's Familiar quotations, 17th ed.
You As An Anthropologist
For this assignment you will write a short research paper on a topic related to the course content and that is approved by the instructor. Topics are not limited and may include: language variation, identity issues, material culture, mating patterns, kinship rituals, marriage patterns, subsistence patterns, political organization, religion, art, and communication.
This assignment will have multiple due dates and will be completed as the mid-term.
Find at least three sources on the same anthropological topic. Three of your references must be from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals and written in MLA or APA citation style. Additional sources may be used for your research and may include print or electronic books. Reputable magazines, newspapers, and web pages will also be permitted. For more information on the differences between scholarly and popular resources, please view this four minute video.
The paper should be typed, double-spaced, standard 12 point font, 5-6 pages in length, including an abstract and works cited of sources consulted. Direct quotes should be carefully documented and you should incorporate at least 7 words from the vocabulary into the paper.
|Librarian Talk . . . About Getting Started
As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage. Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people or cultures, specific art works, movements, or broader identifying terms. Use these key words for locating information in the library catalog and electronic databases.
Keywords: Culture, material culture, evolution, mating patterns, social patterns, rituals, ceremonies, linguistics, artifacts, anthropology, archaeology, etc. Tip: try browsing one of the encyclopedias of anthropology for others.
You are required to find at least three full-text scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles. The best places to find journal articles on anthropology topics are in the following databases. Have your library barcode number ready to gain access if you are off campus. Remember to use key words only, not long phrases when searching. If you have problems gaining access, please contact a librarian at the information listed at the end of this guide.
Project Muse - Use the advanced search screen for the best results. This databases contains complete, scholarly articles from recently published journals in many subject areas.
JSTOR - A large database which covers many subject areas. You'll find full text, scholarly articles from older journals. Use the advanced search screen for the best results.
Academic Search Complete - A general database that includes many subject areas, often from different journals than other databases. Most recent articles are full text. Many articles are from magazines and newspapers. If you are searching for only journals, use Peer Reviewed.
Reference Books are a good starting point because they give you an overview with broad, general information. If you haven't decided on your topic, they will help you by presenting cultures, periods and major topics. Here is a small sampling of books in the Lone Star College - Kingwood Library. These and many other very good sources of information can be found by searching the library catalog or asking your reference librarian for assistance.
GN 25. C65 - Companion Encyclopedia of Anthropology: Humanity, Culture and Social Life, ed. Tim Ingold.
GN307 .C68 - Countries and Their Cultures, eds. Melvin Ember and Carol R. Ember.
GT31. G74 The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life: A Tour Through History from Ancient Times to the Present.
Librarian Talk . . . About Books
If you are an online student, apply online for a Lone Star College System library card. On campus students may get a card in the library building at the circulation desk. Use your card number to:
Full-text online books are available at eBook Collection. You will need your library card number to login.
GETTING HELP AND CONTACTS
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Support for a successful paper is more than finding the right resources. Putting it all together takes time and effort. Sometimes it takes additional help from the librarians or writing tutors. Please consider the following resources if you need additional help. Remember, the expert on the assignment is your professor, but consider consulting a librarian or tutor for additional help.
You are required to cite your sources properly. Choose a style and be consistent.
Citing Sources Guides for MLA, APA, and Chicago | Lone Star College - Kingwood Library guides. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.
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Avoiding Plagiarism | Excellent information and guide on how to avoid plagiarism from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.
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