Activism and Anthropology: Issues and Methods

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Amherst College has two catalogs: 

  • The Books and Media catalog has books, film and music owned by the Five Colleges.
  • The Search Everything catalog also includes journal articles in its search

Tip: Add "ethnography" to your search terms. Example: activism and ethnography, "social movements" and ethnography, "social justice" and ethnography.


    Article Databases

    Tip: Add ethnograph* or anthropolog* to your search terms when using JSTOR, Academic Search Premier, or Google Scholar. Example: "environmental justice" and (ethnograph* or anthropolog*)

    • Anthropology Plus (early 19th century to present)
      Index covering anthropology, archaeology, and related interdisciplinary research, compiled from Harvard's Anthropological Literature and the Royal Anthropological Society's Anthropological Index.
    • AnthroSource (1988 to present)
      Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.
    • JSTOR
      Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
    • Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
      Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.
    • Google Scholar

    Citing Sources

    Citing your sources is a vital part of the research process. Citations allow readers of your work to follow in your steps, and citing demonstrates that you are conversant with the existing literature about your topic. Different fields rely on different citation styles.

    The American Anthropological Association follows the 16th edition of the Chicago Style. The official guide for this style can be found below.

    • Chicago Manual of Style
      See the Chicago Quick Guide for formatting examples:
    • Zotero
      A free application that collects, manages, and formats citations and bibliographies. Zotero also helps organize your research by allowing you to attach PDFs, notes, and images to your references.