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Anthropology

This guided is intended to help you with your library research. You will find databases, journals, ebooks, reference books, and selected datasets to help with your anthropological research.

About this Guide

This guided is intended to help you with your library research. You will find databases, journals, ebooks, reference books, and selected datasets to help with your anthropological research.

Angel Mounds Excavation Year 	1960 Persons Picture

Angel Mounds Excavation
Year 1960
Persons Pictured Reinhardt, Loretta
Subject

Angel Mounds State Historic Site (Ind.), Excavations (Archaeology) Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology

What is Anthropology?

"Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems. Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. Anthropologists often integrate the perspectives of several of these areas into their research, teaching, and professional lives." - American Anthropological Association

In line with the approach offered by the Department of Anthropology at Purdue University, this library subject guide is organized around a four-field approach, with additional information on concentrations across subfields anthropology:

Concentrations:

  • Visual Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology