Q: How do I find an ethnography?
An ethnography is a study of a particular people or culture. Many modern ethnographies or ethnographic studies involve fieldwork and actually living or visiting the group under study.
The easiest way to find information on ethnographies is to use the SuperSearch on the Library's homepage.
Put in search terms such as an ethnicity, race or nationality and the subject you are interested in, using quotation marks if necessary.
- "African American" and music and culture
- Irish and emigration
A search for "ethnography" and the name of the culture or people you're researching may produce a list of results. You can expand the results by using different terms such as "ethnographic studies" or "ethnology" or "social anthropology." You may also want to think about different terms used to describe a culture (such as "Native Americans" versus "Sioux Indians"). A research librarian can help you hone your search terms.
eHRAF World Cultures Database
We have a specific database called eHRAF World Cultures that contains basic ethnographic information on many different cultures.
To access it visit the Library's homepage, click on "Find a Database," select "E" and find "eHRAF World Cultures." Once in the database, click on "Browse CULTURES" located at the top of the page. Here you can either search or browse the list of cultures in the database. You can also browse by region or country.
Subject-specific Reference Material
The Library also has some reference books that could be of use to you:
Call number: GN307.C68 2001
Available electronically. Volumes 1-4 are also available at both Johnson Library in Marietta and Sturgis Library Reference Collection in Kennesaw.
Call number: GN495.6.C37 2004
Available at Sturgis Library Reference Collection in Kennesaw and electronically.
Call number: GN307.E53 1991
Available at Sturgis Library Reference Collection in Kennesaw.
Call number: GN495.6.D53 2003
Available at Sturgis Library Reference Collection in Kennesaw. Also available electronically. Use these instructions to search for just eBooks.
For more information
For more help, email the Research and Instructional Services department, or call or visit one of our Research Help Desks:
Sturgis Library at Kennesaw: Ground Floor, Room G-16, 470-578-6325
Johnson Library at Marietta: First Floor, Room C-125, 470-578-7471
Last UpdatedNov 14, 2019
Research Help - Summer 2021