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Subject guides: Anthropology

Introduction
Anthropology section

Welcome to the UCL Library Services subject guide to Anthropology. This guide provides links to and information about resources relating to Anthropology subjects and covers both our printed and electronic collections:

Printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information about:

Library Blog for Anthropology
Visit Library news in Anthropology the library blog for Anthropology to keep up to date with new books and resources (both printed and electronic), Open Access, interesting events, useful websites and general library news.

WISE for Arts & Humanities, Laws, Social and Historical Sciences and SSEES

WISE is a comprehensive, step-by-step online guide to finding and using information effectively. It includes detailed information on how to use all the resources listed above. Go to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/moodle, and log in with your UCL userid and password. Click on WISE and select WISE for Arts & Humanities, Laws, Social and Historical Sciences and SSEES to start the course (If WISE does not appear in your list of courses click on “All courses” in the top left menu then select WISE and register yourself on the course.)

VIDEO: An introduction to the Anthropology collection in the Science Library

Training sessions
For Information about our Library Training Programme covering use of the library, ejournals or specific databases - please see the following page at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/infoskill.shtml or arrange individual tuition with the Subject Librarian (contact details below).

Printed collections

The principal collection for anthropology is located on the second floor of the Science Library (DMS Watson Building). There is also other relevant material elsewhere in the Science Library and also in the Main Library (Wilkins Building) or the Institute of Archaeology Library (31-34 Gordon Square - 5th floor). See separate pages for maps and opening hours.

Book collections

The Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves; a typical classmark for an open-access book will consist of the name of a subject (indicating a section of the Library) followed by letters and numbers denoting its classified position on the shelves in that section; e.g.

ANTHROPOLOGY B 34 LEW for a book on primate evolution

ANTHROPOLOGY QG 330 PRI for a book on Neur religion in Southern Sudan


Some of the most important sections of the Anthropology collection are:

ANTHROPOLOGY A; for general introductions to anthropology and reference materials

ANTHROPOLOGY B; for physical and biological anthropology

ANTHROPOLOGY D; for social and cultural anthropology

ANTHROPOLOGY E; for arts and technology

ANTHROPOLOGY J TO X; for regional anthropology

Within the regional anthropology section the most important sections are:

ANTHROPOLOGY J OR JA; for anthropology of Britain or England

ANTHROPOLOGY Q; for anthropology of Africa

ANTHROPOLOGY RA; for anthropology of India

ANTHROPOLOGY S; for anthropology of Australasia and the Pacific Islands

ANTHROPOLOGY WX; for anthropology of the West Indies and Caribbean

The other collections you are likely to need are:

Archaeology (Institute of Archaeology - 5th floor) is the main collection for archaeology and prehistory - this will also be the second main collection for joint anthropology and archaeology students.

Art (Main Library - Donaldson); contains more specific material on art for a background to visual culture.

Biological Sciences (Science Library - 1st floor); has additional material on evolution, ecology and conservation.

Economics and History (Main Library - South, 2nd floor); for background material on both subjects.

Geography (Science Library - 1st floor); has duplicate copies of many key texts in the human geography section - this will also be the second main collection for joint anthropology and geography students.

Medical Sciences (Science Library - 2nd floor); for background material on medical anthropology.

STORE (closed access); some of the Library's historic source material for all the above subjects areas are kept off-site, whether at the Special Collections site at 140 Hampstead Road or at the Library's general Store at Wickford. For information about requesting material from Store, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/store.shtml.

Finally, remember to use eUCLid, the Library catalogue to find out exactly where each book is held.

Journal collections

Journals are kept separately from the books. The main anthropology periodical collection is shelved in room 204, next to the anthropology reading room on the second floor. Older periodicals are kept in store, but can be retrieved at 24 hours’ notice. eUCLid will tell you exactly where each volume of a journal can be found.

Science journals are not borrowable, but may be photocopied in the Library. For information about photocopying, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/photocopy.shtml.

For information about electronic journals, see below.

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Electronic collections

Material in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL, often from off-site. The Athens username and password is now the same as your UCL IS computing username and password. You do need to set a cookie before your username and password is recognised - this just involves clicking on a link. Please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/e-res.shtml for more information.

There are a small number of resources that require passwords other than Athens passwords - they are listed here - passwords (This web page is not available off-site).

Indexes and abstracts

The Library subscribes to a number of bibliographic databases, of which the following might be particularly useful:

Anthropology Plus is a combination of two databases - Anthropology Literature and Anthropological Index Online (from the Anthropology Library at the British Museum). It indexes articles and essays on anthropology and archaeology.

IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences), indexes journal articles and book chapters in social science subjects including anthropology, geography, economics and political sciences from 1951.

JSTOR is an collection or database of electronic journals, some of which are very useful for anthropological topics. It is an archive of journals - long back runs of journals are held within the database but not current or more recent issues. The journals within JSTOR are listed individually on the Electronic Journal webpages but the collection itself is searchable.

Web of Science contains three citation indexes which may be useful for Anthropology.

Other databases which may be of use are:

Medline indexes medical literature from 1966 onwards. See
You can also search Medline via Pubmed at http://www.pubmed.com

Art Full Text indexes articles from art journals and reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals from 1994.

PrimateLit indexes material on the field of primatology from 1940.

PsycINFO indexes psychological literature from 1887 onwards.

For a complete list of databases available at UCL, see the list at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/database/.

Electronic journals

A range of journal titles is available electronically to registered members of UCL.

To look for a specific title, go to the alphabetical list on the Library's web pages at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/ejournal/. You will also find details of the access arrangements for each title.

A range of titles which will be of particular importance to anthropology have been grouped at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/ejournal/ejanthro.php.

JSTOR is an collection or database of electronic journals, some of which are very useful for anthropological topics. It is an archive of journals - long back runs of journals are held within the database but not current or more recent issues. The journals within JSTOR are listed individually on the Electronic Journal webpages but the collection itself is searchable.

Exam papers

Copies of UCL examination papers for undergraduate courses (from 1997 onwards) are available on the web at: http://exam-papers.ucl.ac.uk/SocHist/Anth/.

Printed copies of the anthropology papers are held opposite the Science Library Assistance Desk.

Other internet resources

 

 

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Other libraries

The Senate House Library (University of London, in Malet Street) has some relevant collections, especially in cultural anthropology, the paranormal and occult, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and journals. Any registered member of UCL can join the Library and borrow from there. (Further information may be found at: http://www.ull.ac.uk).

The SOAS Library (School of Oriental & African Studies) has excellent collections in African, Asian and Middle East material, which is relevant for regional studies. It is available for reference use by any member of UCL, but only academic staff and research postgraduates may borrow from there. (The Library limits access to materials, which are designated for its own taught courses.)

The LSE library holds the best collection in the UK for economics and has substantial material on social sciences and anthropology. It is available for reference use by any member of UCL, but only academic staff and research postgraduates may borrow from there. (The Library may however limit access to materials, which are designated, for its own taught courses.)

More information about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues, are available at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/otherlib.shtml.

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Contact details

If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the Enquiry Desk, or ask for the subject librarian for Anthropology:

Shauna Barrett

Room 109, First Floor, Science Library, DMS Watson Building

E-mail s.barrett@ucl.ac.uk

Telephone: internal: 3 2791; external: 020 7679 2791

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