Call numbers are a combination of letters and numbers that indicate the location of an item in the library. UBC Library uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. Each book is assigned a unique combination of letters and numbers. The initial group of letters and numbers indicate the topic of a book. Because books are arranged in call number order, you can find books on similar topics in the same area of the library.
Browsing the stacks can be a useful way to find books on your topic. It may lead you down paths you hadn't considered!
The table below shows the main call numbers for Anthropology. Have a look at the Library directory to see which call numbers fall on which floor.
|GF||Human Ecology. Anthropogeography|
|GN 49||Physical Anthropology|
|GN 281||Human Evolution|
|GN 300||Ethnology, Social, and Cultural Anthropology|
|GN 502-517||Psychological Anthropology|
|GN 700||Prehistoric Archaeology|
|GT||Manners and Customs|
Subject Headings are standard terms used by the University of British Columbia Library (and most other college and university libraries) to show the subjects of library materials. Subject headings are assigned to all items listed in the online catalog, which makes it easier to find books on the same or similar topics.
These terms are published in four large red volumes, called Library of Congress Subject Headings, or LCSH (sometimes called simply "the big red books"). The set is located at the Humanities and Social Sciences reference desk on 2nd floor of Koerner Library. Sometimes you can guess the proper Subject Heading, but generally it is better to refer to the books. You can also ask a librarian for help!
Tip: Every record in the UBC Library catalogue shows the subject headings that have been assigned to the item. Subject headings are hyperlinked, so you can click on the term to see other materials on the same topic.
Have a look at "Global Archaeological Theory: Contextual Voices and Contemporary Thoughts" (Click on the title: a new tab will open) This book has been assigned subjects Archaeology, Material Culture, and Ethnology. If you click on one of these Subject headings, you will be able to see all the books that UBC Library has on that topic.
|The broad Subject Heading for Anthropology is:||Anthropology|
|For more specific material, you could also use these narrower terms:||Ethnology||Material Culture|
|Applied anthropology||Human geography|
|Medical anthropology||Primitive societies|
|Marxist anthropology||Language and languages|
|You can also try looking under specific group or tribe names. Some examples:||Cayapo Indians
||Javanese (Indonesian people)|
|Quiche Indians||Yupik Eskimos|
|Or, you could use a specific country name, followed by another term. For example||Canada - Ethnic relations|
|Latin America - Race relations|
|Japan - Foreign public opinion|