This guide will provide you with resources and strategies to build an ethnographic understanding of your cultural group, in support of your theoretical arguments in Dr. Beitl's class. Need help? Contact Jen Bonnet at Fogler Library!
Find Books on Your Cultural Group
Use the following online catalogs to find books (or videos, microforms, etc.) on your topic:
URSUS Begin with URSUS, the University of Maine System library catalog, that also includes holdings from the Bangor Public Library, Maine State Library, Maine State Archives, and Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library.
MaineCat If you want to broaden your search beyond the University of Maine system, you can search the Maine statewide catalog.
WorldCat Want to see what else has been written on your topic? WorldCat is a directory of books held in libraries across the country and in many parts of the world.
Find Scholarly Articles on Your Cultural Group
The following databases represent a selection of the options available to you for finding scholarly articles for your papers. Many of these databases will allow you to limit your results to scholarly articles or scholarly journals. If you are unsure if you have found a scholarly article (versus an article from the popular press, or from a trade publication), use the following guide.
Looking for other databases? See the full list here.
Ethnographic collections (e.g. books, journal articles, monographs) covering all aspects of cultural and social life from a sample of the world’s cultures. Cultures organized by regions, subregions and subsistence types.
Get background information on certain culture groups, as well as compare cultural practices among groups.
Full text of more than 2200 U.S. and international news sources including the New York Times (1999 to present), Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires. Years of coverage vary by title.
Index to and full text coverage of five Maine newspapers: Bangor Daily News, 7/1/1993-present; Kennebec Journal (Augusta), 8/21/2005-present); Portland Press Herald, 9/30/1995-present; Sun Journal (Lewiston), 1/26/2006-present; Morning Sentinel (Waterville), 8/21/2005-present. Selected business coverage of the Maine Times (2/4/94-4/25/02) is also included. There is selective coverage of some earlier years, and some gaps in the coverage listed above, for these titles. Updated daily.
Public Opinion Analysis sector of the European Commission. Surveys and studies address major topics concerning European citizenship: enlargement, social situation, health, culture, information technology, environment, the Euro, defence, etc. 1973-
Nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Research areas include: Center for the People and the Press, Project for Excellence in Journalism, Social and Demographic Trends, Forum on Religion and Public Life, Pew Internet and American Life Project; Hispanic Center, and the Global Attitudes Project.
Polls from over 36 sources, including Gallup, Harris, Pew Research, and media orgs. Recent polls listed on homepage; to browse by topic, use links for Politics and Policy, Business/Economy, or The American Scene on the left. Some info only for subscribers.