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Resources for study and research in Anthropology, including books, databases, and more.

Finding books

To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the library catalogue. For example:


social interactions

"cultural anthropology"


Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. You can limit your search by using AND and adding more keywords to retrieve resources that have both words in the record. For example:

anthropology AND development

"cultural anthropology" AND sociology​

Use OR to broaden your search to find material related to similar keywords in the one search:

Religion AND (ethnography OR anthropology)


Refer to the search tips for details on how to search on the library catalogue effectively. These tips also work with databases.

Another way to navigate the catalogue is to use the hyperlinked subject headings in item records. Once clicked on, these headings will show you related subjects around your area and the all the books that the library has related to that subject. Refer to the image below.

Screenshot of how to use subject headings in the library catalogue

Fig 2.- Screenshot of the Library Catalogue featuring how to access subject headings

If you can't find what you're looking for or an item is unavailable in the catalogue try the following options:

  • Search the BONUS+ catalogue to request an item from another university's library
  • Sign up for a CAVAL card to borrow from other Victorian libraries (including university, TAFE, and public libraries)
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