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Research Fundamentals: Mary Louise Pratt - Arts of the Contact Zone

A guide to print and online resources for starting your research.

Article Databases

Academic Search Complete -- use the folder to gather results and format into MLA citation style.

JSTOR -- search tip--used Advanced Search and then pick your subject collection(s)

Essay options

"Identify a marginalized group, surveying a sample of its representative writing, and doing a detailed analysis of one piece in particular."


Review question:  What is a scholarly article?

Check the library Research Tutorials page for the answer in Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly Sources. 

Try the Library's Scholar OneSearch service for a Google-type approach to searching. We have an filter option for articles from Peer-Reviewed Journals

Not sure where else to look?  Look for selected article search tools in our Subject Guides

Primary Sources/Images

Review question:  What is a Primary Source?

The Guaman Poma Website at the Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark. Read excerpts from the Neuva Coronica.

Look in ARTstor to see illustrations by Guaman Poma!

Contact Zone- Penn's Treaty with the Indians (ARTstor)

Subject Guides

The Library offers a number of discipline-based Subject Guides to help you locate resources.  Which Guides might assist you?

Some possibilities include:




What other topics are covered in this essay?

Searching for books and articles



Take a Break

Interested in stories and storytelling?

Check out The Moth: True Stories Told Live.


Read about some of the terms or concepts included in Pratt's essay (autochthonous, cultural studies, autoethnography, transculturation).

Some possibilities include:

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition

Sage Reference Online

Oxford Reference

Oxford English Dictionary, defines word, also tracks first usage (look up transculturation)

DMC Studio

Want to create a multimedia presentation as part of your assignment?

The DMDS (Digital Media Design Studio) provides services, technologies, and instructional support for recording, digitizing, and editing audio, video, and image resources, enabling you to create new digital scholarly work.