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Bringing the anthropology library into your course

Whether you’re a faculty member, graduate instructor, or visiting scholar, these are some of the ways the Anthropology Library can help your classes engage in research:


We bring the library and librarian to your classroom!

Set aside part of a class session (in a lecture hall or in the library) for you and the librarian to discuss research with your students. Topics of discussion could include:

  • How do I evaluate databases and choose the right one for my search?
  • What do I do if I’m searching and not finding anything on my topic?
  • How do I develop a manageable research question or topic?
  • How can I manage all my bibliographic information and citations? (e.g. Zotero, Refworks)
  • How do I manage research data in the field, so that it's secure and well-organized?
  • How can I code data using qualitative analysis software? (e.g. Atlas.ti)
  • What role do peer-reviewed articles play in the larger scholarly economy?
  • How can I make the most of the scholarly resources and learning centers at Berkeley?


We purchase books and let you share materials through Course Reserves

Email us or fill out the purchase form to request books and ebooks for your course. Some ebooks can be licensed for unlimited reading online; others can be downloaded on a two-week loan or by chapter.

Printed Course Reserves: To reserve personal or library materials on two-hour loan for your students, fill out a request here.

Resources in bCourses: To add links to the library’s ebooks and online articles, see this guide.


We create online guides for your students

  1. Assign sections of the Berkeley Library 101 guide on using the library and defining a topic. 
  2. Refer students to the anthropology research guide for the most useful resources in anthropology and archaeology.
  3. Email us to request a customized “course guide” of the most useful resources for your particular course.


We help you incorporate the library into your course design

We can work with you to develop library components for your classes in anthropology:

  • Assign worksheets that encourage students to brainstorm topics in conversation with available resources, or that models how to request books from another library or use library resources while off-campus.
  • Have students keep a research diary that tracks their development of ideas for a topic, logs search terms and databases used, and reflects on their experience in library research.
  • Assign an annotated bibliography so that students a) research earlier in the term and b) learn to identify types and quality of sources.
  • Have students document research roadblocks; this provides specific examples for a librarian to meet with the class and brainstorm ways around those obstacles.
  • Model citation chaining, so that students can see how to go from one article to related articles in a bibliography or in Google Scholar.
  • Schedule a class using archival materials at the Bancroft, so that students become familiar with historical anthropology or archaeology research, beyond the book and journal article.

Contact the Anthropology Librarian for instruction in anthropology classes

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Celia Emmelhainz
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