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COMM115 - Intercultural Communications: Articles in Magazines and Journals

Recommended Article Databases

(for Gale In Context, click the "Geography" option to see a list of countries)

Researching Cultures Article Database Search Terms

Periodical Articles are found using article databases. If using databases from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

Examples of some "anthropological" subject headings used in Gale include:

  • Burial
  • Culture with adjectival forms of countries, as Spanish Culture
  • Subject headings containing the word "customs," such as Marriage Customs
  • Funerals
  • Subject headings containing the word "kinship," such as Matrilineal Kinship
  • Manners and customs
  • Marital Status
  • Polygamy
  • Polyandry
  • Puberty rites
  • also to some extent the subdivision - Social Aspects under the names of places

For the purpose of finding an article on a particular group, keyword searching often works best. Use ethnonyms and alternate spellings.

General Search Tips for Researching Cultures

In Academic OneFile, click Advanced Search in the orange toolbar banner to do a search combining key words.

Use truncation characters to find all the words that start with the same letters. The truncation character for Academic OneFile databases is "*" (Example: cultur*). In any keyword search, it is critical to spell the key words correctly. If you find no results in a keyword search, check your spelling.

Limit your search to scholarly journals (if desired) by clicking the peer-reviewed check box on the search screen.

Combine a word for the group you are researching (e.g., African Americans, Navajo) with another key word, using AND, OR, NOT:

cultur* beliefs marriage, family, etc.
custom* values acculturation
practices perceptions counsel*
habits behavior clients

For example, in the search

         Pakistan AND marriage customs

we combine the word "Pakistan*" with a key phrase, "marriage customs", to find articles. (Pakistan* returns Pakistan, Pakistani, Pakistanis) Here's what it looks like on the screen:

database keyword search using AND