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Why use books?
Books may be useful when...
1. 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 tab on the left. If your research topic is very current, try finding articles instead, as books will not have the most current information.
Tutorial: Find Scholarly Books
Find Scholarly Books
Click on the link above to watch this 5 minute video. You will learn how to search for and access scholarly print books and e-books for your Anthropology research papers.
Library of Congress Classification
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
Search the Catalog
Begin your research by seeing if there are any library books, e-books, or DVDs about your topic.
Search the Library Catalog
Experiment with different search terms in Keyword searches. Combine a topic of interest with a focusing term. Examples: When you find good results, notice the call numbers. Often they group together, which means you can browse a section on the shelf for more books.
Tips for seaching the catalog:
USE simple words or phrases, like "mexican americans"
AVOID typing in long phrases. (See what happens when you type in "What are some developments in gene therapy research?")
Find books at a specific campus by clicking .
Or request books from another campus by clicking .
Electronic books on a variety of subjects. Search for titles using the Library catalog, or use the ebrary interface.
E-books related to cultural studies, pop culture, and American history. Search for titles using Library catalog or browse all titles using ABC-Clio interface.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (formerly Gale ebooks)
24/7 access to 400+ reference books. Search the entire collection or find individual through the Library catalog.
Ethnographies: Books that observe one culture
Keywords & Subject Headings
Search for information using
keywords and subject headings. Click on the links to search for these subjects in the catalog.
Hint: You can use the same keywords to find articles in our periodical databases.
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.
Has book previews and full views of
select books. Search for a topic and use the Advanced Search to limit to titles with "Full View Only".