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Anthropology and Archaeology

Humanities Research Librarian

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John Glover
(804) 828-6555
Cabell Library, Room 121F

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If you can't find the book that you want at VCU, try these resources to find what you need.


Dissertations may be useful for finding criticism on newer authors or specialized topics, and the bibliographies of recent dissertations can often provide a wealth of new sources.

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Browsing for Anthropology or Archaeology Monographs

One effective way to find anthropology or archaeology monographs, site reports, or field notes is simply to go to the shelf in the area of the library where works about the event, people, or phenomenon are located. Because our library is organized by subject according to Library of Congress Classification, you will find related materials grouped together.

If you want to browse large areas of the shelves, you may wish to consult the Library of Congress Classification Outline. The "Class" links below provide greater description of each class. Many materials having to do with Anthropology and Archaeology are located on the 3rd floor of Cabell Library and are found in Class G - Geography Anthropology. Recreation. GN contains Anthropology, GR contains Folklore, and GT contains Manners and Customs (General).

Reference Books

These are examples of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and guidebooks relevant to Anthropology and/or Archaeology. To use the online books, just click the links. To browse for print reference books, use the outline above and go to the stacks on the 1st floor of Cabell Library.


E-books can be found via the VCU Libraries catalog. Here are a couple resources that may be of particular use.

Google Books

Google Books provides full-text access to many books in the public domain or out of copyright, and partial access to others.

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