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Ethnic, Gender and Transborder Studies: Find Books


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You want focused, in-depth information about a subject.  However, the depth to which a book covers your topic may vary.

NOTE: If you need general information about a topic, find a General Reference resource using the green tab at the top.  If your research topic is very current, try finding articles instead, as books will not have the most current information.


The main call number section for Anthropology in the LC classification is GN:

G - Geography, Anthropology

G - Geography (General)
GA - Mathematical Geography, Cartography
GB - Physical Geography
GC - Oceanography
GE - Environmental Sciences
GF - Human Ecology
GN - Anthropology, Ethnology, Ethnography
GR - Folklore
GT - Manners and Customs
GV - Sports and Recreation

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Hint: You can use the same keywords to find articles in our periodical databases.

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If you can't find a specific book in the library, try searching Google's ebook collection.  It sometimes offers previews or full access to various ebooks online.