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Anthropology Resources

Getting Started with Reference Resources

Background information and reference resources

Background information can help you prepare for further research by explaining concepts related to your topic, especially if you are researching an unfamiliar topic or discipline. Entries in reference resources tend to be short and can help you get started with research on a new topic, identify trends in a subject area, and define unfamiliar terms or people from your readings. Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and handbooks. 

General Reference Databases

Reference Books

All titles beginning with the call number "Ref." can be found in the first floor reference collection.


Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Call Number: Ref. GN20 .B5 2004

Dictionary of the Social Sciences
Call Number: Ref. H41 .D53 2002


21st Century Anthropology
Call Number: Ref. GN25 .A144 2010 vol. 1-2

History of Physical Anthropology
Call Number: Ref. GN50.3 .H57 1997 v.1-2

Encyclopedia of Anthropology
Call Number: Ref. GN11 .E63 2006 vol. 1-5

Encyclopedia of Archaeology
Call Number: Ref. CC70 .E54 2008 v.1-3

Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology
Call Number: Ref. GN307 .E52 1996

Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures
Call Number: Ref. HT108.5 .E53 2002 vol. 1-4

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Call Number: Ref. H41 .I58 2001 vol. 1-26

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Call Number: Ref. GN307 .R68 2010

Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia
Call Number: Ref. GN307 .T54 2013