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A research guide for 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 applied and practicing anthropology:

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This research guide was created by Kendall Roark.