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ANT 101 - Human Origins and Prehistory: Get Started
PCC Research Guide for ANT 101 - Human Origins and Prehistory.
Specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries on the arts, business, education, environment, history, law, medicine, science and social science
Get Started with Reference / Background Resources
Begin your research by seeking some general background information about your topic using reference resources. Some reference resource will be available in print at the library. Other reference resources are available electronically. This page will guide you in all types of reference resources.
Reference / Background Books
Encyclopedias can be a great starting place -- they give you facts and provide an overview of a topic. They also list books, journal articles, and other sources where you can get more in-depth information.
This five-volume Encyclopedia of Anthropology is a unique collection of over 1000 entries that focuses on topics in physical/ biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural/social anthropology, linguistics, and applied anthropology. Also included are relevant articles on geology, paleontology, biology, evolution, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and theology.
The ultimate guide for the student encountering anthropology for the first time, Anthropology: The Basics explains and explores key anthropological concepts including: what is anthropology? how can we distinguish cultural differences from physical ones? what is culture, anyway? how do anthropologists study culture? what are the key theories and approaches used today? How has the discipline changed over time? This student-friendly text provides an overview of the fundamental principles of anthropology and is an invaluable guide for anyone wanting to learn more about this fascinating subject.
Encountering cultural difference -- Misunderstanding cultural difference -- Social do's and don'ts -- African political systems -- Anthropology, history, and imperialism -- Culture and language -- Culture and nature -- The end of the tribes -- Culture and the individual -- Critical anthropology