Anthropology and Archaeology

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Research Overview

The SUNY Adirondack Library has a variety of resources for research and learning.

Books: We have circulating books that can be checked out and reference books (for use just in the library). Books on Anthroplogy are shelved under "GN" and Archaeology under "CC" using the Library of Congress system. 

Online Resources: We also have online resources--e-books, articles in databases, and videos via Films on Demand--that you can access in the library or anywhere off-campus via internet using your student username and password.

Periodicals: There are also physical copies of periodicals (magazines and journals) such as Anthropology News and American Antiquity for you to look through here in the library. 


To search for all library materials with SUNY Adirondack Library's online catalog, use the Start Your Research Here search box to the upper right of this page or the box on our main page

There's a whole research guide here to get you going.

And other library tutorials and handouts here.

Plus a Library Virtual Tour here.

Keyword Searches:  Keyword searching is quick and easy--anyone who has ever used a Web search engine is familiar with it. However, the more specific you can be the better. For example just using "anthropology" as a search term will bring up all materials about anthropology. Try being more specific using terms like "cultural anthropology" or "physical anthropology" to get more tailored results. There are search tools to then help you narrow down your focus. 

Subject Heading Searches: Library of Congress Subject Headings look complicated but they can give you more focused results once you get used to them. You may not know what you need at the beginning of your search. Below are some examples of LOC Subject Headings you may run into while researching American History. If you can't figure out what you need, find at least one source that is one target then look at the catalog entry and see what subject headings are listed there. Clicking on those subject links will bring up more results with that heading. Examples:

Archaeology -- Methodology                             Archaeology -- Social Aspects                       North America -- Antiquities
Archaeology -- History -- 20th Century             Excavations (Archaeology) -- Case Studies      Anthropology -- Philosophy

Search tips: 

  • To find books using subjects that can have variant endings, use truncation, or wildcard endings. This technique looks for any ending of a word after a symbol, usually an asterisk. Not sure if a book is listed by the terms "Medicine" or "Medical"? Type in "medic* anthropology" to retrieve books about both Medical Anthropology and the Anthropology of Medicine. 

  • You may also search for names (Jane Goodall) and other specific topics. Consult a reference librarian if you are not finding what you need.