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HS213 - Multicultural Practice: Basics

Welcome! Here Are Some Reference Books You May Find Useful

Recommended Keywords for Researching Cutures

Try the Keyword search to find the name of an ethnic group anywhere it appears. Also try the Keyword search option for books to find specific chapters listed in contents notes, or for names of peoples mentioned in the title, but not in the subject heading:

      Keyword search for BASQUE* finds books including one 
      called The Spanish World, which has a chapter called, 
      "The Basque Country."
      Keyword search for INDIA and ETIQUETTE finds books 
      including one called Passport India : your pocket guide 
      to Indian business, customs & etiquette. 

Recommended Subject Headings for Researching Cultures

Books are usually written about more general subjects; articles in periodicals are on more specific ones. Print and electronic books are found using Library Search.  To access these electronic books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password. 

Try searching for social norms followed by the name of your country

  • Social Norms and Japan

One way to search for books in Library Search is by using Library of Congress Subject Headings.  Books about "mainstream" inhabitants of a country, or about a variety of ethnic groups within a country, are entered under such subject headings as

  • Argentina - Social life and customs
  • Business etiquette - China
  • Etiquette - Ukraine
  • Japan - Civilization
  • National characteristics, Philippine

Books on specific inhabitants of that country are entered under the name of the people:

  • Chontal Indians
  • !Kung (African people)

Names of places may also be used as subdivisions following a topical subject heading:

  • Funeral rites and ceremonies - Mexico
  • Kinship - Pakistan

Names of groups may be used adjectivally, for example:

  • Mourning customs, Jewish
  • Folk songs, Finnish

Use truncation characters to find all the words that start with the same letters. The truncation character for the library search is an asterisk, "*" (Example: cultur*).

For guidance on subject headings used in the library search, consult Library of Congress Subject Headings (Reference 025.49 L61), or try Library of Congress Authorities.

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