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I. Reference Books

To begin, try some of the following reference books for some background information to fully understand the scope of your research topic:

Credo Online Reference - a database of reference books to help you get some background information to begin your research.

An ethnohistorical dictionary of China Main Stacks DS730 .O47 1998
Australia : the complete encyclopedia Main Oversize DU90 .A97 2001
Encyclopedia of Mexico : history, society & culture
The Oxford encyclopedia of Mesoamerican cultures : the civilizations of Mexico and Central America Main Stacks F1218.6 .O95 2001
The Routledge encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology Reference GN307 .E525 2010
Encyclopedia of world cultures Reference GN307 .E53 1991
Worldmark encyclopedia of cultures and daily life
Native peoples of the world : an encyclopedia of groups, cultures, and contemporary issues Reference GN3380 .N383 2013
Marriage customs of the world : an encyclopedia of dating customs and wedding traditions Main Stacks GT2690 .M65 2013
International encyclopedia of marriage and family Main Stacks HQ9 .E52 2003

II. Library Catalogs

  • EZRA - Search for books and other materials in Thomas Library
  • OhioLINK - Search for books and materials in libraries all over the state of Ohio
  • WorldCat - Search for books and materials not available from EZRA or OhioLINK ***items from WorldCat may be requested by filling out an Interlibrary Loan form, but may take between 7 and 14 business days to arrive

III. Finding Articles

The following databases are suggested starting points for all topics in cultural anthropology. See the full list of databases available from Thomas Library.

IV. Resources on the Web

Thomas Library criteria for website evaluation can help you choose credible sources, but do not hesitate to ask your professor or a librarian for a second opinion!


Recommended to help you choose an indigenous culture (not meant to be used as a source for your works cited):

Wikipedia - Indigenous peoples
Center for World Indigenous studies
World's Indigenous Peoples
International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs

V. Citing your sources in ASA Style

Purdue OWL
This online resource provides some brief tips for citing your sources in ASA (American Sociological Association) style.
ASA Style Guide -- located in the library's reference collection: HM569 .A54 2014
This handbook is the ultimate resource for citing your sources in ASA style. It is more complete than any ASA guides you will find online.


VI. People Resources

Contact the Sociology Librarian, Kristen Peters, to set up an appointment or ask a question via phone or email.

Or contact the Research Help Desk by phone or email.




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