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Welcome! This library research guide provides an introduction to library resources related to Anthropology courses.

This guide will assist you in finding books, e-books, scholarly journal articles, streaming videos, websites, and more that will help you research topics in this subject.

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Anthropology Courses at SC4

What Is Anthropology?

What do Anthropologists Study?

Anthropology compares human societies across the globe and across time. We compare present and past forms of government or legal and religious belief systems, for example. We compare social structures, like family dynamics, and study transnational corporations. We spend time reading against the grains of colonial documents. We explore social movements and the root of social inequalities linked to race and gender. Wherever there are (or were) humans or other primates, there are opportunities for anthropological study. In the United States, we break the discipline into four subfields: archaeology, socio-cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and linguistics


What is Anthropology?


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"Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder at that which one would not have been able to guess" 

   Anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978)






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“Anthropology is the most humanistic of sciences and the most scientific of the humanities” 

    Anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber (1876-1960)






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“The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences”  

     Anthropologist Ruth Benedict (1887-1948)










Retrieved May 6, 2019, “Home.”, The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI),


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Anthropology: What Does It Mean To Be Human?

A unique alternative to more traditional, encyclopedic introductory texts, Anthropology: What Does It Mean to Be Human?, Third Edition, takes a question-oriented approach that incorporates cutting-edge theory and new ways of looking at important contemporary issues such as power, human rights,and inequality.

ANT 171 Reserve-Ask at circulation desk.

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Daily Life Through History Database

In Daily Life through History, students and researchers discover the everyday details about past eras that make historical accounts relevant and meaningful.


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ProQuest Research Library: Social Sciences Database

This resource covers publications on social science information for researchers of all levels.


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This authoritative guide offers readers a comprehensive look into the world of anthropology and its related sciences. The book covers the essential areas of the field, including its history. The major branches of the field are also discussed, including cultural and social anthropology as well as archaeology. It also explores the study of the discipline around the world through urban, medical, and applied anthropology.

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CredoReference Topic Page: Anthropology

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