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Peer review of paper drafts

Posted by on November 9th, 2007 |

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As we discussed in class on Tuesday, you are required to read and provide constructive feedback on the drafts of research papers written by members of your peer response group. Your feedback is due to members of your group and to me by Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Here I am posting the form you should use in reviewing each other’s work. Most word processing software can open this file. If you have problems, please post a comment below.

For each paper you review, please add your comments in response to each question and send the final version to the author and to me as an email attachment by Nov. 20.

Peer response form

Using Zotero to manage references

Posted by on September 27th, 2007 |

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A few weeks ago in class, I recommended Zotero, a free tool for managing references and producing bibliographies. Yesterday, Inside Higher Ed published a detailed review of Zotero that will help you decide if it’s right for you. The best part about the review is that the author, Scott McLemee, is a self-proclaimed newbie with no particular technical expertise. He identifies the key strengths and weaknesses of Zotero and gives a good sense for how you would get started using it.

Whether it’s Zotero or something else, I encourage you to develop a system for managing references. It will save you time and headaches later on.

Annotated bibliography due Tuesday

Posted by on September 26th, 2007 |

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I neglected to remind you in class yesterday that your annotated bibliographies are due next Tuesday in class. From the syllabus:

An annotated bibliography with at least 10 carefully selected references from the scholarly literature is due on Oct. 2. The references should clearly relate to your paper topic. Your annotations should briefly evaluate the content of the source and identify how, it at all, it will contribute to your research paper. Consult the guidelines for how to identify scholarly sources and how to make an annotated bibliography in the Guide to Library Research from Cornell University.

The UF Libraries has a useful web page about citation style guides. It’s not important to me which citation style you use, so long as you use it correctly and consistently. One good option would be to use the American Anthropological Association style. Other good alternatives include the Chicago Manual of Style or APA style.

If you have questions about this assignment, please leave a comments here on the blog.

Research paper proposals due Tuesday

Posted by on September 16th, 2007 |

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As you know, on Tuesday you are required to submit a 250-300 word proposal defining the topic of your research paper. Please bring six copies of your proposal to share with classmates in your peer review groups.

Developing a well-defined problem is the key to a successful research paper. As you finish your proposal, keep in mind that a research problem is more than just a topic. Whereas a topic identifies some general phenomenon (e.g., Native American healing traditions), a research problem raises interesting questions of theoretical or practical value (e.g., How do contemporary Native American healing traditions interact with biomedicine?). Your paper will be more fun to write (and to read) if you tackle a specific research problem than it will be if you address a broad, ill-defined topic.

Begin to narrow your focus by doing some exploratory reading on a topic that interests you. You may find that the course readings are a good place to start. As you read, take note of exciting ideas or unresolved puzzles, and try to formulate interesting “what,” “how,” or “why” questions about your topic. Do a preliminary literature search early on to make sure that you’ll have enough—but not too much—material to draw on.

The paper proposal should identify the problem and articulate why it is important. Try to relate your problem to the broader themes of the course, and indicate how you plan to approach the problem.

Many university libraries have useful suggestions for finding appropriate research topics. See, for example, this page at the Cornell University Library.

What is medical anthropology?

Posted by on August 30th, 2007 |

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In our first meeting on Tuesday, I defined medical anthropology as the study of health and healing in cross-cultural and evolutionary perspective. How do others define the field?

On its website, the Society of Medical Anthropology offers an extended definition and identifies some topics that medical anthropologists work on. Here’s an excerpt:

Medical Anthropology is a subfield of anthropology that draws upon social, cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology to better understand those factors which influence health and well being (broadly defined), the experience and distribution of illness, the prevention and treatment of sickness, healing processes, the social relations of therapy management, and the cultural importance and utilization of pluralistic medical systems.

Read the full description on the SMA web page. How does it differ from the expectations about medical anthropology you had before enrolling in the class? What strikes you as different or similar about the way SMA defines the field and the way I presented it in class on Tuesday? Which of the topics listed on the SMA website excite you most? Any leads for your research paper?