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Anthropology Research Guide

Call Numbers for Anthropology

There is no easy way to browse through anthropology books on the Library shelves. General books on anthropology are in the call number range "GN". However, most anthropology books are scattered across the collection. For example, anthropological ethnographies written about cultures are classified with the books about the country/region of the culture (e.g. Africa in "DT"; Asia, "DS"; Latin America, "F") and books from the four fields of anthropology could be classified in almost any call number depending on the subject. Therefore, to find books on an anthropological subject, it is best to use a combination of searching the library's catalog and browsing.

Finding Books and Films

Use discoverE to find books, journals, videos, government documents, microfilm collections and other materials at the Emory libraries, which include Woodruff, Pitts Theology, Health Sciences, McMillan Law, Guy Chemistry, Math & Science Center and, Oxford libraries.

Ethnographic and Documentary Film Databases at Emory:

Click here for a list of ethnographic films held by Emory Libraries. There are many anthropologically relevant films that are not considered ethnographic so try a few other searches or contact the anthropology librarian if you can't find what you need.

Beyond Emory

We try to provide everything you need for your research, but no library can do it all. If you find something that we don't have, we'll get it for you from another library using interlibrary loan, or contact the Anthropology Librarian for additional help.

Tozzer Library
One of the great anthropology collections is at Harvard University in the Tozzer Library. The library collects comprehensively in all four subfields of anthropology and covers a broad geographic range with special emphasis on indigenous peoples of the Americas. Tozzer Library is also renowned for their collections of primary sources and other rare materials (e.g. Maya language materials, Spanish Colonial documents, and field notes).

This catalog searches the collections of more than 9,000 member institutions, including most of the major libraries in North America, and many in Western Europe and Australia. If you can't find what you're looking for at Emory or in the Tozzer Library at Harvard, this is a great place to look.

Dissertations and Theses

Most Emory University dissertations are available in two formats, paper (until 2008) and electronic full-text. There is a full-text copy of each dissertation available in PDF format via Proquest's Dissertations and Theses database. For more information on locating and obtaining dissertations from Emory, the US and the rest of the world visit our Finding Dissertations website.

To find dissertations and theses from the Emory Anthropology Department in discoverE:

Browse by author, using the department as an "author".  Example Author: emory university dept. of anthropology

Or you can search by keyword. This method will also find dissertations from various departments that include your keyword(s).   Example: emory thesis ph.d. and XXXXXXX