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Guide for research in all fields of anthropology at CSUDH.
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OneSearch is a library search tool where you can find almost everything the CSUDH Library owns or subscribes to on one platform. Use OneSearch to find books, including textbooks, articles, streaming videos, and more! A great place to start for any research project. You can also use OneSearch to find the full text, borrow books from other CSU libraries, and generate a citation.

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Books & eBooks

Looking for books? Use OneSearch to find books we have here in the library and online. Most of our physical books are located on the 3rd and 4th floors of Library South

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Finding Ethnographies

Finding ethnographies in OneSearch isn't easy, and a keyword search for "ethnography" won't always help. First of all, there isn't one subject tag just for ethnographies. The most common subject subheading assigned to ethnographies is "social life and customs" but "case studies"  and "ethnology" are some of the other subheadings that may be applied. It is also rare that the phrase "ethnography" be used in the title of the book itself.  Since ethnographic books about a particular cultural group they will be shelved next to other books about that group or region and not shelved with other ethnographies.

Here are some tips for finding an ethnography:

  1. Search by the specific cultural group or region and add in keywords like "customs" or "case studies". Example: Mayas -- Social Life and Customs
  2. Use "ethnology" or "ethnography" in your search
  3. Try looking in a book series devoted to ethnographies like "Anthropology of Contemporary Issues" or "Case Studies in Contemporary Anthropology"
  4. Search by the name of an anthropologist to see if they have published a book based on their fieldwork
  5. Ask a librarian for research assistance