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Finding Ethnographies: Anth113

A guide for students in ANTH 113 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) on how to find ethnographies in our library.

Don't Forget

Kenyon's library does not place all of its ethnographies together on a shelf. Due to the wide range of topics, subject areas, and geographic regions covered in our collection of ethnographies, the books are scattered throughout the building. For example, ethnographies may be shelved in the library under Religion (B), Social Sciences (H), Music (M), or Medicine (RA). 

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Where to Begin?

Reference books can be helpful if you don't know where to begin. If you find a topic or subject of interest, check the bibliography for the title of an ethnography, the name of an anthropologist, or see if the author of the encyclopedia's article has written an ethnography.

Strategies for Finding an Ethnography

1. Think about your interests:

  • Is there an area of world that intrigues you?
  • Have you traveled somewhere and want to learn more about the local people in that area?
  • Do you want to learn more about a specific custom or way of life?

 

2. Encyclopedias and other reference books can be helpful if you don't know where to begin. If you find a topic or subject of interest, check the bibliography for the title of an ethnography or see if the author of the encyclopedia's article has written an ethnography.

3. Search the library's catalog, CONSORT, using Keywords (words that you create), the Title of a specific book, or the name of an Author (last name, first name).

4.Using Library of Congress Subject Headings may also be helpful. Every item in the library's catalogs is categorized by a subject. Subjects Headings are controlled vocabulary terms which use simple terms to define a topic or subject. Examples of relevant subject headings, in CONSORT and OhioLINK (the catalogs), for ANTH 113, include:

5.If you are browsing the shelves of either the reference collection or the main stacks, try to be familiar with the Library of Congress Classification Scheme:

  • Class G: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
    • GN301-674: Ethnology. Social and Cultural Anthropology
    • GT1-7070: Manners and Customs
  • Class D: World History and History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
  • Class E: History of the Americas
  • Class F: History of the Americas

Locating a Specific Book

The CONSORT catalog can be used to locate books (and other materials such as videos, sound recordings, government documents, and special collections materials) available in the Kenyon, Denison, Ohio Wesleyan, and the College of Wooster libraries. Items requested will arrive in about 3-5 days.

Kenyon students also have access to OhioLINK, the combined catalog of over 120 other libraries throughout Ohio. Books requested through OhioLINK will take about 3-5 days to be delivered.

WorldCat is a catalog of library holdings throughout our country and the world. It contains records for many types of materials: books, sound recordings, video recordings, manuscripts, etc.

You must use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request items not available via CONSORT or OhioLINK. Delivery time will vary depending on the location of the material. Some requests may take up to 6 weeks.

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