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Introduction to Anthropology: Cultural

"The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you: they are unique manifestations of the human spirit."

-- Wade Davis


Guidelines for Written Work in Cultural Anthropology


I will only accept written homework submitted via the WebCT/Blackboard site . If you are uploading a file for a longer paper, upload a Rich Text Format (.rtf), Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe PDF (.pdf) document to be readable by me and retain proper formatting.


The ability to meet deadlines is a crucial component of Cabrillo College's fourth Core Competency, ("Personal Responsibility and Professional Development - self-management and self-awareness, social and physical wellness, workplace skills"). Assignments will lose one-half of a letter grade (5% of the points available) if they are not submitted in some form at or before the start of class on the date they are due (even if you are late to class or absent). If the assignment is a full day late (submitted at or after the start of the following day's class), I will subtract a full letter grade (10%); an additional 10% will be subtracted for each day late after that. (Hint: Submit your work electronically if you are not sure you will have it printed and ready to hand in at the beginning of class on the due date. I do check email times and electronic submission times to see if electronically-submitted work made the deadline.)

Academic Honesty

You must write your answer independently, but you will have access to your book and any other research material you wish. Plagiarism on take-home essays is grounds for an immediate failing grade in the class. In general, any time you need to go to an outside source to get a fact or idea you did not discover on your own, or any time you are using a direct quote, you must cite that source as a reference; guidelines for citing sources are provided below. To learn more about what plagiarism means and how to avoid it, please read (this site also has guidelines about how and when to use citations) and review the links provided by the Cabrillo College Library at

The following guidelines are adapted from Heather Claussen's website:

Claussen, H. 2009. Guidelines for Term Papers in Anthropology. Retrieved January 3, 2009, from Cabrillo College Web site:



SCHOLARLY BOOKS AND JOURNAL ARTICLES should form the bulk of your references (unless completing your own ethnographic research), although popular magazines and the press may also be useful on occasion.

INTERVIEW MATERIAL can prove valuable (particularly in providing a window into cultural beliefs and values), but make sure to clearly establish your interviewee's academic credentials IF you are interviewing someone for their purported expertise.

Use INTERNET sources with CARE: many internet sources are unedited, and simply represent someone's opinions. Choose sources that are edited, are published by recognized academic or research institutions, and/or are published by people with good academic or other reliable credentials. Articles from scholarly journals on the internet are usually a good bet, for example.


"Within your paper, cite any and all direct quotations using this format" (Claussen 2004:12).

If you are not using a direct quote, but are instead summarizing material from a source you should still provide a source citation in parenthesis at the end of the section in question, although you do not need to list page numbers (Claussen 2004).

Films, internet sources, and interviewees should also cited within your text according to the above format; if unauthored, use the title of the source in place of the author's surname.


Begin a new section at the end of your assignment titled REFERENCES CITED (list only those references actually cited in your work). List all sources in alphabetical order, e.g.:

Claussen, H. 2001. Unconventional Sisterhood: Feminist Catholic Nuns in the Philippines. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Wryter, I. M. 2001. Documenting Sources from Journals. Student Resource Journal 35:333-337.

Wryter, I. M., and M. E. Too. 2001. Sources by Multiple Authors from Edited Volumes. In Collected Works, ed. Hodge, P., and H. Podge, 175-188. Vol. 222. Smallville: Smallville University Press.


Cite all internet sources, including the web page author, web page title, URL, and date of retrieval:

Claussen, H. 2004. Course Information. Retrieved January 1, 2004, from Cabrillo College Web site:


Interviewee names (or pseudonyms) and the date and place of the interview(s) should be listed:

Anonymous, I.M. [pseud.]. Interview by author. Santa Cruz, CA, 1 January 2004.


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