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Anthropology How To

A guide for undergraduates undertaking an in-depth anthropological research project

Training at Emory

Woodruff Library Workshops 

  • A range of workshops on topics such as MAXQDA, Python, JavaScript, and project management, as well as more basic bibliographic management and research productivity skills. The schedule of workshops is updated regularly throughout the semester.  

ECDS Workshops 

  • Topics include working with R, Python, ArcGIS, and other more advanced topics related to data analysis tools and digital scholarship. 

Health Sciences Library Workshops

  • Workshops on planning and conducting systematic reviews, using PubMed, Open Science, and other topics. 

Training Beyond Emory

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is an intensive, hands-on training in statistical techniques, research methodologies, and data analysis. Short workshops focus on specific methodological techniques, such as:

  • Introductory and advanced statistical methods
  • Quantitative methods to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Network analysis
  • Machine learning
  • Mixed methods
  • R statistical computing environment

Four-week sessions include intensive instruction in specific quantitative methods and statistical techniques. Workshops include "Bayesian Modeling for the Social Sciences," "Race, Ethnicity, and Quantitative Methodology," and "Game Theory," among others.

The 2021 program will be online rather than in-person. Course schedules are being posted, and information about scholarships to cover attendance fees is also available. Registration is now open.

Methods4All is an NSF-funded Cultural Anthropology Methods Program (CAMP) to support the training of Ph.D. students. The 3-week 2021 program will be online and the application deadline is March 15th!

Tutorials and Self-Guided Instruction

LinkedIn Learning 

  • The Emory subscription includes a wide range of courses covering statistical methods, data science, various coding languages, software packages, application development, and more.  

Emory QTM resource page with links to tutorials, tools, etc.

MIT OpenCourseWare publishes nearly all MIT course content for free. 

Codecademy offers free basic modules and subscription modules in various coding languages.

American Anthropological Association  

  • Maintains a page with links to a variety of methods resources. This page can be a little out-of-date but there is still good information here. 

Methods for Social Distance - Publications

Sage Research Methods is a database of social sciences research methods that indexes full text content previously published by Sage. Explore the Methods Map to find relevant methodologies (e.g. virtual ethnography), guidance for implementing them, and examples of published research. You can also search for specific methods or browse by discipline and topic.

Books and Handbooks

Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Galloway, A., & Bell, G. (2017). The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. Routledge.

Braun, V., Clarke, V., & Gray, D. (2017). Collecting qualitative data : A practical guide to textual, media and virtual techniques. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Leavy, P. (2009). Method meets art: Arts-based research practice. New York: Guilford Press.

Fielding, N., Lee, R., & Blank, G. (2017). The SAGE handbook of online research methods. Los Angeles; London: SAGE.

The Cambridge series Elements in Quantitative and Computational Methods for the Social Sciences (2018- )

  • This series features short introductions and hands-on tutorials to emerging methodologies. Volumes include agent-based modeling, modeling ethnocentrism and polarization, regression discontinuity designs, using Twitter as data, and a forthcoming volume on images as social sciences data.

Note: Many more resources are available. Search discoverE to find them or ask the Anthropology Librarian for help.