Choosing the right subject heading can be tricky, especially when searching for cultures and native peoples. Luckily, they tend to follow certain patterns and show up in the auto-fill dropdown menu in the catalog:Peoples of Africa, Europe, or Asia
>> Add the continent on which they live and add the word "people," for example:
Of course, there will be occasional exceptions to the rules. For example, the Tuaregs of northern Africa have the subject heading of “Tuaregs,” not “Tuareg African People.”
Occasionally, a group will be classified under a smaller geographic area:
If you do not find what you want using the above rules, try entering the name of the culture or group without a suffix e.g. “Tuareg” without the “African people.”
BUT I DON'T WANT EVERYTHING!
You may find that subject-searching solely for a culture will produce too many irrelevant hits. It is a good idea to narrow your subject heading by using a "subheading" or "suffix."
The most often-used subject heading subheading for ethnographies is "Social life and customs."
Remember, however, that ethnographies may focus on a particular aspect of a culture. Depending on what you’re investigating, you may wish to look for the subheading that corresponds to your research. For example:
ANOTHER SEARCH STRATEGY
You can also find ethnographies in the library catalog with a Keyword search. This is a last resort, because many ethnographies do not have the word "ethnography" in their titles, and if you only do a keyword search, you will miss a great many likely sources.
Here are some hints:
When you want an article-length ethnography
The following article indexes and encyclopedias are also good resources for finding article-length ethnographies and citations to books:
For ethnographies of peoples from ALL geographic areas:
Adapted from the University of Arizona Library
Welcome to the library research guide for AAAD 214: Ethnography of Africa!
Africa - Ethnolinguistic Map of the Peoples (1972) Source: National Geographic
This course uses ethnography (detailed case studies) to introduce you to the study of African cultures and societies. By examining ethnographic texts you will learn about topics in African studies such as systems of thought, aesthetics and arts, the economy, politics, social organization, and identity. You will also learn about the production of ethnographic texts as a sub-discipline of anthropology and the issues that this raises with respect to the politics of representation.