Not sure where to start your research? Click on the active links below to browse the SU WorldCat using subject headings. Many of the subject headings listed may also work in the listed databases as keyword searches. Every database develops its own list of subjects to use. Do a keyword search and compare your results with the subject headings (also called descriptors) in the records you find. They might provide you with better ways to do your search again.
Go to the library at www.southwestern.edu/library-and-it/ to search the catalog [WorldCat@SU] and databases. Bookmark the site for future use.
Create a list of words or concepts related to your topic and use them to search the catalog. Search results will include books, media, articles and more. To find just books, use the Refine This Search filters to limit Format to Books. The Description in a book's record includes contents and subject headings. Click on a Subjects link to find other books on the topic. You can also Browse the Shelf for related titles.
Many of the subject headings listed below may also work in the listed databases as keyword searches. Every database develops its own list of subjects to use. Do a keyword search and compare your results with the subject headings (also called descriptors) in the records you find. They might provide you with better ways to do your search again.
What traditional roles and practices did Hmong women healers play in the Hmong families and communities, past and present?
Always cite your sources! Providing a citation credits sources you use, helps other readers locate a source, and is an important element of academic honesty.
For this course, choose either MLA or Turabian style and then consistently use that format for your citations.
Purdue OWL covers the basics of MLA formatting and style. For the most complete information, use the Handbook, available in the Research Commons and on Reserve.
Turabian Quick Guide covers the basics of Turabian style. The Student's Guide has more detailed information and can be found in the Research Commons and on Reserve.
Database searches yield the best results for articles. They allow you to search just for articles, and even to limit your results to scholarly sources. You can learn more about databases on the Research Hub.
The databases listed here are particularly useful for this course.
You can configure Google Scholar to offer links back to articles you can get through Southwestern Library.