Shatford Library

Shatford Library

Anthropology 2 - Cultural Anthropology

1. Library Catalog - Find Books and Media

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 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 Basic Search within Subject Browse (select from the drop down menu).

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:

  • Anthropology
  • Civilization
  • Ethnology
  • Folklore
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Hunting and gathering societies
  • Kinship

Related subjects: (Broader, Narrower and See also)

  • Economic anthropology
  • Ethnology - Africa
  • Political anthropology
  • Totemism

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 title browse from the drop down menu, 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, first name, e.g. 'Mead, Margaret'.

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 then select from the menu whether you want to search for all of these, any of these (e.g., marriage, women, children), or as a phrase (e.g., Indians of North America).

Examples of combined searches:

Search for: tribal society [all of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]
Search for: religion [all of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

Search for: ethnology [all of these], Search in: [Subject]
Search for: asia china japan [any 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 cultural anthropology. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.


  • Dictionary of Anthropology (ed. Thomas Barfield)   REF 306.03 D 3
  • Dictionary of Anthropology (C. Seymour-Smith)   REF 306.03 D 1
  • Dictionary of Race and Ethnic Relations   REF 305.8003 C 1
  • From Afar to Zulu: a Dictionary of African Cultures  REF 306.096 H 1


  • American Immigrant Cultures    REF 305.80973 A 5
  • Cambridge Encyclopedia of Hunters and Gatherers  REF

    306.364 C 1

  • Countries and Their Cultures   REF 306.03 C 2
  • Encyclopedia of Anthropology    REF 306.03 E 3
  • Encyclopedia of World Cultures   REF 306.03 E 1
  • Ethnic Groups Worldwide (Levinson) REF 305.8 L 4
  • Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mankind  REF 572 I 2

Native Americans

  • Encyclopedia of North American Indians  REF 659.103 A 2
  • Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes (Waldman)  REF 970.103 W 1
  • Encyclopedia of North American Indian Tribes (Yenne)  REF 970.103 Y 1
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes   REF 970.103 G 1
  • Handbook of North American Indians   REF 970.1 H 8 
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3. Databases and Indexes - Find Articles

To access databases from the main library page, look for Browse Databases by nameby subject (
  • Proquest, a database of periodical articles; find magazine, journal, trade publication, and newspaper articles. As with the catalog, search under a variety of terms.
  • Project Muse Full text scholarly journal articles covering the humanities, and social sciences
  • JSTOR Full text database focused on the arts and humanities. It includes titles from language, literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art and architecture.
  • The Encyclopedia Britannica Online is a good starting place to get an overview of your topic and will often lead you to good Internet sources (look for "The Web's Best Sites" link).
  • 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. Websites

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

American Anthropological Association
Anthropology Resources on the Internet

Resources in Ethnographic Studies
Native Web
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5. Citing Your Sources

Shatford Library Guide to citing sources:

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last updated: 07/15/2011 by D. Potter, K. Goguen, P. Johnson revision #4