SA 356: Ethnography & qualitative methods

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For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Sociology / Anthropology by email ( or Ask a librarian.


Start Your Research Here - This page gives you an overview of the research process, or in other words how to find materials for your essay.

Specialized Library guides

Selected encyclopedias and handbooks

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Library Catalogue search guide | Catalogue search tips

Search the SFU Library Catalogue: Advanced keyword

  • ethnograph* AND (method* OR research OR analysis)
  • (ethnogra* OR ethnolog*) AND (research method*)
  • qualitative research
  • reflexive* AND (research OR method*)
  • (ethnograph* OR ethnolog*)  AND (virtual OR hypermedia OR "second life" OR cyberspace OR "digital world")

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Catalogue Search / Browse

To search for books by subject heading, use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select Subject browse from the drop-down menu

Change "Title" to "Subject" and enter:

For more ideas, try the Library guide: Research methods for Anthropology and Sociology 

Find journal articles in databases

For help, refer to the How to find journal articles Library guide
If fulltext of article is not within the database, click on the "Get@SFU" to start a search for it.  If the Library doesnot provide access, then use the Citation Finder/ILL tab to request a copy from another library (free).

  • Anthropology Plus - material relating to anthropology and archaeology. Unites Harvard's Anthropological Literature and the Royal Anthropological Institute's Anthropological Index Online
  • AnthroSource - Full-text access to journals produced by the American Anthropological Association
  • ProQuest Sociology Collection - for issues related to class, gender, racism, sexuality and sexism and theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and policy science.
  • Ageline  for all aspects of "ageing" including eldercare, grandparents
  • Sage Research Methods Online
  • Access to research methods from books and numerous reference sources.

Writing help

Selected resources on writing essays: