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Research Guide: Anthropology

Reference Resources

The library has many reference resources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.) that will help you find background information on topics in Anthropology and related fields.  Selected resources are listed below.  Look on the shelves near these books; there may be similar books nearby with helpful information.

  • Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: GN 307 .E52 1996
  • Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology - Middle Level, Reference Shelves:GN 307 .E525 1996
  • The Dictionary of Anthropology - Middle Level, Reference Shelves:GN 307 .D485 1997
  • International Dictionary of Anthropologists - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: GN 20 .I52 1991
  • Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: GN 345 .H37 1998
  • Encyclopedia of World Cultures - Middle Level, Reference Table 9A: GN 307 .E53 1991
  • Encyclopedia of Archaeology - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: CC 110 .E54 1999
  • Companion Encyclopedia of Archaeology - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: CC 70 .C59 1999
  • The Oxford Companion to Archaeology - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: CC 75 .A654 2000
  • A Dictionary of Archaeology - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: CC 70 .D53 1999
  • Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: CC 70 .K56 2000
  • Archaeological Method & Theory: An Encyclopedia - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: CC 75 .A654 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Underwater & Maritime Archaeology - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: CC 77 .E53 1997
  • Encyclopedia of Human Evolution & Prehistory - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: GN 307 .E525 1996
  • History of Physical Anthropology: An Encyclopedia - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: GN 50.3 .H57 1997

Finding Books

Online Catalogs:

Use library online catalogs to find availability and location of books and other media:

Browse the Shelves: 

Books on Anthropology and related fields are located on the Top Level of the library in the General Collection under the following call numbers:  GN [Anthropology], CC [Archaeology], QM [Human Evolution],  L [Linguistics], GR [Folklore], HM [Sociology], HQ [Family. Marriage. Women], and BF [Psychology].

Bibliographies: 

When you find a good book or article, check the bibliography to identify other books and articles on your subject.

Interlibrary Loan: 

If we do not own a particular book you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.


Finding Articles

Online Article Databases:

Use Social and Behavioral Sciences article databases to find magazine and journal articles by subject or keyword.

News Databases: 

Use News article databases to find newspaper articles by subject or keyword.

Electronic Journals: 

The library also provides access to many electronic journals in Anthropology.  All of these allow you to browse the table of contents of journal issues and many allow you to search all available issues by keyword.

Browse Current Periodicals: 

Current issues of magazines and journals in Anthropology and related fields are found in the GN and CC sections of the Current Periodicals Area on the Middle Level of the library.  Bound volumes of older issues are shelved upstairs in the General Collection.

Bibliographies: 

When you find a good book or article, check the bibliography to identify other books and articles on your subject.

Interlibrary Loan: 

If the article you need is not available in our library, we will obtain a copy of it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.


Web Resources

A good place to begin is the Stewart Library's list of web resources in Anthropology.  Most of the sites listed will provide links to additional sites, so explore! Sociological Abstracts will often retrieve links to selected web sites as well as journal articles. Use Internet search engines to find additional information.


Research Tips

As you do your research, keep the following tips in mind:

 

Updated December 30, 2008 . Please send comments to Wade Kotter
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