COM 378: Intercultural Communication: Microcultures: Articles/Databases

Microculture Paper

Microculture Paper (Module 1)

Each student will select one microculture within the United States. In the paper,

  • explain what a microculture is
  • discuss why the chosen group is a microculture
  • analyze the negotiations between this cultural group and the larger, mainstream culture in the U.S.
  • incorporate 6 sources into the paper. 4 of the 6 sources should be scholarly (peer-reviewed); 1 may be your textbook.

Communication databases

Culture Databases

Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Sources

A 3-minute video explains what scholarly and peer-reviewed mean.

Evaluating information

The keys to evaluating information are to:

  1. Look for independent information about the creator/s, funding, opinions or viewpoints, and statements
  2. Spend more time double-checking facts externally rather than using time to look at the original source of information
  3. Delay clicking: spend time to skim the results after you search; read bits and pieces before choosing to click any link
  4. Use these techniques with all types of information – books, videos, articles, websites, etc.

Search tips for finding articles

  • use "quotation marks" around phrases
  • truncate - shorten a word to its trunk or root to get alternate endings - with an asterisk * (shift 8), e.g., truncat* finds truncate, truncated, truncation
  • apply Boolean connector AND to combine unlike ideas, e.g., dance AND promotion
  • apply Boolean connector OR to connect synonyms, e.g., advertisements OR campaigns

Put it all together:

  • "hip hop dance" in one box
  • AND (promot* OR advertis* OR campaigns) in the next box
  • use parentheses in single-box searching - when you don't have another set of boxes, e.g.,:
  • "hip hop dance" AND (promot* OR advertis* OR campaigns)

Use the left or right menus to narrow your results, e.g., by language, date, subject, etc.

Databases have a citation (information about an article such as the title, author, name of the journal or magazine, volume and issue (which correspond to the date), date, and pages) and sometimes they will also contain an abstract, or summary, of the article.

Databases also often cite multiple types of resources - books, essays or chapters, government documents, etc.

Some databases will also have the complete item (called the full text): you should see a link to an HTML or PDF document. Or click on Get it @ GVSU - this will check the other library databases for the full text of the article.

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