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Task: Design a slide presentation that summarizes research on the politics of an indigenous group of your choosing. The group does not have to be in Latin America – it can be from anywhere in the world. The focus of your presentation should be the politics of the group – its goals, its plans/efforts to achieve those goals, its governance or relationship to government, etc.
Research: Unlike Harvey, you will not be able to conduct original field research on your group. Therefore, the primary purpose of your presentation is to summarize existing research on your group of choice. In addition, you should conclude your presentation by asking a research question about the group – something that has not yet been answered, and that would necessitate further field research to answer.
Objectives and Execution: Successful presentations will do the following:
- Spend 30 seconds to 1 minute describing the indigenous group (where they are located, language they speak, historical context, etc)
- Spend 3 to 4 minutes summarizing existing scholarly (peer-reviewed) research on the group
- Cite at least 3 scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources
- Spend the last 30 seconds to 1 minute developing a research question that merits future research
- Use images, figures, and other visual aids to facilitate your research summary
- Be well organized
- Have slides that do not contain too much text; you should not read from your slides during your presentation
Detecting Peer-Reviewed Articles
Cycle of Scholarship
This worksheet shows the life-cycle of a peer-reviewed article. In groups of 2-3, read the descriptions of each stage of the life-cycle, and write down the evidence (information that could be used to prove that the article is scholarly) produced by that stage.
Evidence is defined as something that you could hunt down to determine that the article went through this process.
Places to look for Peer-Reviewed Articles
Contains scholarly works in sociology and related disciplines. Provides citations and summaries for articles, dissertations, books and association papers in sociology and related disciplines.
A multidisciplinary search engine located on the library main page. Good for all topics, but it will give you a ton of results to wade through,.