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Anthropology: Getting Started

Finding background information

The three sources listed below provide background information that can give context to and guide your research. These sources also provide vocabulary to use in searching for books and journal articles relevant to your research.

Books & Media

Find books and more by searching the library catalog:


UIC Students can order books from 80+ libraries in Illinois using the 

I-Share Catalog. Books not available in I-Share can be ordered from libraries throughout the world via Interlibrary Loan

For both I-Share and Interlibrary Loan, you will need to set up your account with the barcode number next to the word "Library" on your I-card (different from your UIN) (See for more information on getting materials from other libraries)

Finding articles

Human Relations Area Files

Reference & Liaison Librarian

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Finding Dissertations