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Ethnography, the primary research methodology of cultural anthropology, uses direct observation to study of the ways of life of living human beings.  The product of this research, known as ethnographies or ethnographic studies, provide detailed descriptions of the social life and related cultural phenomena of the group investigated. 
This guide explains how to identify reference sources, ethnographic studies, and related anthropological journal article sources on cultural groups.  While the focus of this guide is the collections of Pius XII Memorial Library, the guide also explains how to identify and obtain studies in the libraries of SLU's consortial partner libraries. 
Titles listed as available ONLINE can be accessed via both the SLU Libraries Catalog as well as the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), and/or ebrary databases.  Like subscription periodical databases, these resources are remotely accessible only to current SLU students, faculty, and staff.  If accessed from the SLU dorms or off-campus, access is through the SLU proxy server; you'll need to type in your SLUnet ID (your SLU email account username) and SLUnet ID password.  For specific books in these collections, it may be easiest to conduct Title searches for them in the SLU Libraries Catalog and then follow the link to the electronic file rather than searching the ebook collections themselves.
Updated October 1, 2012.