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ENGL 1301 Ethnographic Synthesis Guide - LSC-North Harris

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  1. Think about your topic and what are you trying to answer.  Terms? People? Organizations? Places? Objects?
  2. List terms that best represent the main concepts of your local community in specific and general terms.
    • your community - specific terms
      St. Edwards Catholic Church in Spring, Texas
    • your community - general terms
      Catholicism and (Spring or Houston or Texas)
    • related terms
      Catholicism; Catholic; religion; church; Christianity; faith; denomination; parishoners; church members; offerings; donations; Roman Catholic; diocese; archdiocese
  3. List issues or terms that may affect your local community.
    • broad: economy
    • narrower: recession; unemployment, mortgage crisis; sub-prime mortages; debt; deficit
    • broad: discrimination
    • narrower: racial discrimination; gender discrimination

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Articlesselect to expand list

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Local Genealogical Librariesselect to expand list

Oral History Collectionselect to expand list

  • Oral History Collection - LSC-NH

    Recorded oral histories from neighborhoods and communities located in and around the Houston area.  Student researchers contacted individuals in the area or a particular community, and asked them to reminisce.  The oral histories were recorded and transcribed.

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