Shatford Library

Shatford Library

Anthropology 1 - Physical Anthropology

1. Library Catalog - Find Books and other library resources

The Library Catalog is a database of books, media, and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on either the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the Library Catalog. (

Basic Search

Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).

To find information about a person, use the Subject tab and type the person’s name (last name, first). 
To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.

Subject headings:

  • Anthropologists
  • Anthropology
  • Physical anthropology
  • Radiocarbon dating

Related subjects (Narrower, Broader and See also)

  • Human biology
  • Human evolution
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Primates

To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select from the drop down menu title browse, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the').

To search by author, select the Author tab, then type in the author's last name, then first name, e.g. 'Johanson, Donald C.'.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limitors to narrow a search.    You may want to search for an item using part of a title and selecting the title field from the drop down menu.  Another option is to search by ISBN.

To search by keyword, type in the words you want to search for then select from the menu whether you want to search for all of these, any of these (e.g., Somalia OR Tanzania), or as a phrase (e.g., australopithecus afarensis).

Examples of combined searches:

Search for: human evolution [as a phrase], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere] AND
Search for: brain [all of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

Search for: africa [all of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]
Search for: hominids [all of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

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2. Reference Books

Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as physical anthropology. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.

Specialized Dictionaries

  • American Heritage Science Dictionary  REF 503 A 2
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms  REF 503 M 1-8

Specialized Encyclopedias

  • Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution REF 599.938 C 3
  • Encyclopedia of Anthropology  REF 306.03 E 3  (5 vols)
  • Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory  REF 599.938 E 1
  • Encyclopedia of Prehistory  REF 550 L 4
  • Oryx Guide to Natural History  REF 508 B 4

Handbooks & Atlases

  • Atlas of the Prehistoric World   REF 560.2 P 1
  • Earth & Man: a Rand McNally World Atlas  REF 912 R 2-16
  • Historical Atlas of Africa   REF 911.6 H 1
  • Rocks & Fossils: a Visual Guide  REF 552 C 5
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3. Databases and Indexes - Find Articles

To access databases from the main library page, look for Browse Databases by Name |  by Subject (

  • Proquest, Thousands of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles covering all disciplines.
    Includes scholarly journal articles.
  1. use MORE SEARCH OPTIONS to remove book review
  2. use AND to combine topics
  3. use quotation marks for a phrase (example: "natural selection")

To browse or search to see if the Library has a subscription to a particular magazine, newspaper, or journal title use the Periodical Title List. (

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4. Resources on the World Wide Web

Finding reliable information on the web can be difficult.
Use the ipl2 site or see recommended websites below.

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6. Citing Your Sources

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last updated: 07/20/2011 by L. Tirapelle, K. Goguen, P. Johnson revision #3