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Anthropology: Books

Call Number Ranges

Search the Library Catalog by clicking here to find books and videos available at the COD Library.   Help Using the Library Catalog

Books on the broad subject of Anthropology can be found in the "GN" call number area of the General Collection and the Reference Collection.

Some selected new books are highlighted here.

Many books on the Anthropology or Ethnography or Ethnology or Social / Cultural aspects of various ethnic / culture groups or countries / regions, will be found under other call numbers.  Use the Library Catalog to search for these books by keyword. 

One sample search might be something like:  Africa AND ethnic group* 

Or just the name of the culture group:   Zulu     

Or combining concepts/terms, like this:  Hispanic* AND cultur*

The asterisks at the end of the word are truncation features, and allow you to pick up variations of the word:

culture or cultures or cultural       without having to type out separately all the variations of a word.

E-book databases     and     Online Video databases

Help Using the Library Catalog

Items on Course Reserve at the downstairs Library Circulation Desk

To find Case Studies, use a search statement like this:   "case stud* " AND a subject keyword

     Like this:  "case stud* " AND ethnography    to find ethnographic case study books


Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to arrange its books on the shelves).

Want to know where specific collections are located?  Check out the maps of the Library's upper and lower floors.  

Recommended Books

The Human Swarm

The epic story and ultimate big history of how human society evolved from intimate chimp communities into the sprawling civilizations of a world-dominating species. The Human Swarm reveals how mankind created sprawling civilizations of unrivaled complexity--and what it will take to sustain them.

Who We Are and How We Got Here

A groundbreaking book about how ancient DNA has profoundly changed our understanding of human history.   Geneticists like David Reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry. 


Using his background in Philosophy and his interest in science William B. Irving considers the meaning of life. You helps readers consider who they are, what they are and why they are here.

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