As described in your syllabus, you will need to identify 3-4 academic journal articles that help you understand how the scholars use ethnography as a methodology to study an issue or phenomenon. From there you will create an annotated bibliography.
Before you jump into searching, make a simple plan.
You will end up going back and forth in between steps in this plan, and that is normal.
It is an advanced research skill to be able to search for published research that uses specific qualitative methods. There is no guarantee that a database will offer an easy box to click that filters for "ethnographies/ethnographic methods."
Occasionally, databases may offer the option to narrow a search to "case studies;" but, remember that case studies and ethnographies are different things. They are closely related, though.
If you are unsure if a case study that uses ethnographic methods belongs in your annotated bibliography, double-check with your professor!
What if the databases retrieve few results from searching "ethnography (or ethnographies or ethnograph*)"?
Break your search down into the component parts of an ethnography.
For example, try searching for:
You may find an article where researchers used interviews to conduct an ethnography. Be sure to read the methodology sections to make sure the researchers describe their work as ethnographic.
A case study investigates a few cases, or often just one case, in considerable depth. In ethnography, case studies are used in various ways to illuminate themes or draw inferences...
A case study can be of a person, a group, an event, an institution, or even a process. It is used in all sorts of fields such as psychology, social work, and legal and detective work.
Social scientist Dr. David Dunaetz explains the differences between types of qualitative research: ethnography is included.
From MECP 600:
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