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Anthropology Research Guide: eBooks

eBook Sources in Anthropology

You can find most of our ebooks in Berkeley's catalog, but sometimes searching is easier on the websites:  

Create an account and borrow temporarily from: 

Download and save chapters from:  

Download and save whole books from: 

Online reading only:  

For more, see the library's general guide to ebooks

Tips on finding ebooks while campus is closed

We have limited access to print books while our area is shut down for the pandemic (we can only lend the ones which aren't in HathiTrust). Tips: 

1. Search our library homepage for a topic and filter to show only: "available online" and resource type: "books" to find ebooks.

2. Browse ebook platforms to find books you might have missed.

3. Search HathiTrust [login and deselect 'full view only'] to read older books online.

4. Search Google Scholar to see if the researcher shared a PDF of their book online. 

5. Email your librarian to see if we can buy an ebook for you to read.  

6. If there's no ebook, try our tips for inaccessible articles. Contact the author, peers, or use #icanhazpdf to see if someone has a copy already. 

Tips on Finding and Using Ebooks

* If you know the author or title, search our catalog first. 

* If you know the topic, search Google Books, and then look up interesting books in our catalog.

* Sign up with nearby public libraries (Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco) and search across all of them to find general nonfiction. 

* We try to get you DRM-free books when possible, but some publishers will only license restricted-access books.  

* Use our off-campus access guide if you're having trouble logging in or getting access to ebooks.

* Please email your librarian if you need help finding, buying, or accessing an ebook!