Welcome to the class guide for Introduction to American Ethnic Studies (AMETH 160). I believe that you'll find this online guide helpful while you're doing your research for this course. Use the tabs across the top to learn more about finding articles, books, how to evaluate sources and how to cite your sources. And, if you need any help along the way, use my contact information on the right side to ask me questions or you can always use the Ask A Librarian service.
For the Research part of your personal ethnography assignment, you will need to identify the history of your ethnic group and discuss different cultural elements from your culture of origin. You will research your ethnic group, identify your ethnic group’s indigenous/immigrant history, and determine which unique cultural characteristics or attributes set your group or culture apart from others.
Before you do any in-depth research, it is always benficial to consult reference books and resources about your topic. For this class, K-State Libraries actually has some awesome online encyclopedias and resources.
Below are two examples (with direct links) of excellent encyclopedias that can be found in Gale Virtual Reference Library database:
Once you have a grasp on some of the key facets of your research topic or ethnic group, you can begin doing more in depth research. The following are some avenues for finding more in-depth information.
- Catalog - find books (and a lot more)!
- Research Databases - scholarly research and collections on many topics
- Primary Sources - original documents, letters, diaries and video
You will want to start your research AS SOON AS POSSIBLE because you may find that the best information will need to be requested through our Interlibrary Loan Service (ILS). Whether it is a really good book that we simply do not have here at the Libraries or an awesome article you found but could not access in our databases, it will take some time for ILS to borrow those materials from other institutions, so it is best to start early on your research.