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Anthropology: Find Books

A research guide for students in Dr. Tessa Farmer's ANTH 323 course.

Find it in the Stacks

Anthropology Books

Browsing the stacks can be a useful way to find books on your topic. The following Library of Congress classifications may be useful when browsing the shelves at the Library.


 What are Call Numbers?

Call numbers are a combination of letters and numbers that indicate the location of an item in the library. Call numbers at the Wardman Library are organized in groups according to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. Because they are grouped by number, this means that you can find books on similar topics in the same area of the library.


Some Relevant Library of Congress Call Number Areas:

CC 1-960 Archaeology

GF 1-900 Human Ecology. Anthropogeography

GN 1-890 Anthropology

GN 49-298 Physical Anthropology

GN 281-289 Human Evolution

GN 301-674 Ethnology, Social, and Cultural Anthropology

GN 700-890 Prehistoric Archaeology

GR 1-950 Folklore

GT 1-7070 Manners and Customs

P 1-1091 Philology. Linguistics

Google Book Search

Use Google Book Search to discover additional books addressing your topic (full-text keyword search).

Search the Library Catalog

Have you narrowed down your topic? Do you have all the background information you need and find yourself ready to get more in depth research? If you answered YES then you are ready to:

Search the Catalog

You can find books in Wardman Library by searching the online Catalog.




When searching the online catalog, a basic search will let you search by keyword, title, author, subject or call number. An advanced search will let you search by a combination of these fields, as well as by format, language, location, and date.

Finding Books the Library Doesn't Own

LINK+ is a consortium of over 50 public and academic libraries in California and Nevada. Whittier College patrons can electronically request an item not available in Wardman Library and have it is delivered to them in 2-4 days. The service is free and extremely convenient. The loan period is 21 days with one renewal. Go to our Link+ page to get started and follow the prompts below:

  • Search for the book by Title, Keyword, Subject etc. and select “Submit.”
  • If your title is available you will be able to select “Request this Item.”
  • Follow the prompts to enter your name and barcode number located on the back of your student ID.
  • Items arrive in the library in about 2 to 4 days and will be held for up to 10 days. The loan period is 21 days with one renewal. The late fees are $1/day. 

If the item you are searching for is not available through LINK+, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.