Introduction to Library Research in Anthropology

Introduction to Library Research in Anthropology

Introduction to Library Research in Anthropology

Introduction to Library Research in Anthropology


This revised second edition serves not only as a self-instructional reference tool for logically and systematically accessing anthropological literature but also as a basic text for library instruction programs for undergraduate and graduate anthropology students. The first edition was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book for 1993.


This book is an introduction to library research in anthropology intended for the undergraduate student about to begin a research project. There has long been a need for a practical guide to library research in anthropology. This need has recently become more evident because of the strong pressures being exerted on the academic environment. the mass lecture section, with computerized instruction and examinations, has reduced contact and close interaction between student and teacher. There is also a growing realization that the complexity of anthropological problems increases the need for individual analysis and independent thought.

As the title indicates, this book is only a guide and is not intended to be a comprehensive treatise on library-based anthropological research techniques. It is simply an introduction to the mechanics and resources of library use in order to assist students in making efficient and thorough information searches. At the same time the student will acquire some grasp of the flavor and importance of research so that its depth and value are more fully appreciated.

Large and, to some extent, intermediate sized academic libraries with their millions of books and specialized services can be both confusing and intimidating. Learning to navigate in a library is a problem for most students either entering or returning to college, for the upper division student beginning to concentrate on a major field of study, as well as for the graduate student whose undergraduate library was smaller and less complex. It is hoped the information contained in the following chapters will make such navigation less difficult.

Much of the information presented in this book is applicable to other fields. the use of the library, the development of a research project, and the writing of the final paper are activities common to all social science disciplines. However, anthropological research is anthropological in character. Thus, the special properties of research in this field are given special attention.

Chapter 1 provides a summary statement about anthropology as an academic pursuit and identifies some of the research dimensions of the discipline. Chapter 2 identifies the basic services available for undergraduate students at most academic libraries. Chapter 3 expands upon the first chapter and discusses some of the characteristics of the information needs of anthropology and anthropologists. This chapter also describes the process of library-based anthropological research. the importance of topic selection and the process of research paper writing are also discussed. Chapter 4 describes the use of the local library catalog as an essential stage of library research. Chapters 5 . . .

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