Intercultural Studies Quick Start Guide
1. Article Literature
Because of its multi-disciplinary nature, Academic Search Premier is the best place to begin research for Intercultural Studies.
2. Background Information
Gale Virtual Reference Library and Oxford Handbooks in Religion are two great places to find ICS background information. To do biblical research online use the Oxford Biblical Studies Online platform whcih includes 6 versions of the Bible, concordances, a one-volume commentary, Bible atlas, and a 5,000 entry biblical encyclopedia.
3. Statistical Information
A good place to look for ICS statistical information is gapminder.org. To expand your search, click on the Websites Tab. Once there, you will find many links to research organizations and international data.
4. Interdisciplinary Research Information
Use the library like a cultural anthropologist: be interdisciplinary, use quantitative and qualitative methods, talk to people who know (i.e. library staff). We do not have sociology specific databases or resource pages. Don’t be afraid to pull information from other quality sources: public policy, psychology, theology, and teacher education. Use quantitative methods: open data sets, data sets from our databases, and reuse other’s data from reports, maps. When you borrow other’s work, use citations to show gratitude and professionalism. Use qualitative methods: behind each news story, testimony, or even feeling you have while you are driving through a neighborhood there are anthropological facts. Like an anthropologist, you have to be in touch with people. So come talk to the library staff if you have any questions.
5. Still can't find what you are looking for?
Ask a librarian! You can find our contact information on the right side of this page.