COM 378: Intercultural Communication: Articles/Databases

Scholarly sources

Prof. Spencer's assignments:

Intercultural Interview: Write about the culture, the interviewee's identity, and what you have learned about the differences between you/society as a whole.


  • discuss why the chosen group is a microculture
  • analyze the negotiations between this cultural group and the larger, mainstream culture in the U.S.

Identity & Culture Databases

Communication & Culture databases

Search tips for finding articles

  • use "quotation marks" around phrases, e.g., "Beachy Amish"
  • truncate - shorten a word to its trunk or root to get alternate endings - with an asterisk * (shift 8), e.g., cultur* finds culture, cultures, cultural
  • apply Boolean connector AND to combine unlike ideas, e.g., Amish AND identity
  • apply Boolean connector OR to connect synonyms, e.g., Anabaptists OR Mennonites

Put it all together:

  • "Beachy Amish" in one box
  • AND (identity OR cultur* OR microculture) in the next box
  • use parentheses in single-box searching - when you don't have another set of boxes, e.g.,:
  • "Beachy Amish" AND (identity OR cultur* OR microculture)

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. Choose Academic Journals and/or Books/eBooks.

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 places for the complete article.

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