ENGL 1301 Ethnographic Synthesis Guide - LSC-North Harris

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Starting Point

  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 Your Community - General Terms Related Terms
    St. Edwards Catholic Church in Spring, Texas

    Catholicism and (Spring or Houston or Texas)

    Catholicism, Catholic, religion, church, Christianity, faith, denomination, parishioners, church members, offerings, donations, Roman Catholic, diocese, archdiocese

  3. List issues or terms that may affect your local community.

     Broad Narrower 
     economy recession, unemployment, mortgage crisis, sub-prime mortgages, debt, deficit 
     discrimination racial discrimination, gender discrimination 

Government Sources

Research Databases

Find articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals. Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.

 Additional Resources

Web Sites

Houston Area News Sources

Local Genealogical Libraries

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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