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ANT 112 - Desert Vista: Academic vs. Popular Sources
To report original findings or theory in a discipline
To face questions that can only be answered. . .
using specialized methods
by many researchers building upon each other's work
through decades of research
Authors and Audiences
Experts writing for other experts
Published in a channel reserved for the discipline: an academic journal
Articles are peer reviewed
Availability over time is guaranteed
Clear standards for reporting data and citing sources formally
Bottom line for student researchers
This is the cutting edge research in your field.
This is how new knowledge is challenged, tested, and expanded.
We can learn WHAT is true, but also for HOW we know it.
The only place to go for very specific questions
Dense and slow reading. The authors assume background knowledge you lack. Seek overview articles to fill in.
The articles usually have a much narrower focus than what you hope for.
Finding relevant articles is harder than finding a cool restaurant on Google. You have to do more thinking and experimenting.
A sample academic article in anthropology
Østebø, M. T. (2018). Can respect be key to gender justice? Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 24(1), 71–89. https://0-doi-org.library2.pima.edu/10.1111/1467-9655.12752. Link to "Can respect be key.."