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Shelf surfing is a good way to find books that are not easily found in the catalog. Knowing where to look for books on primates is key to finding the books on the shelf. Below are call numbers sorted by subject. Books on anthropology are often listed under Anthropology; Ethnology. Social and Cultural Anthropology; Culture and Cultural Processes; or Cultural Traits, Customs, and Institutions. 


  • Call Number GN

Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology

  • Call Number GN301 - GN674

Culture and cultural processes

  • Call Number GN357-GN367

Cultural traits, customs, and institutions

  • Call Number GN406 - GN517

The following is a partial list of subject headings related to Anthropology that can be used to locate books and other items in the FAU Libraries Catalog.

  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Antiquities
  • Applied anthropology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Ethnocentrism
  • Ethnography
  • Ethnology
  • Material Culture
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Psychological Anthropology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Social life and customs
  • Social Organization
  • Visual Anthropology

Using the Library Catalog

The video below will help walk you through starting your first search for physical print book in the FAU Libraries Catalog. If you are still having trouble after watching the video please feel free to reach out to your liaison librarian or through our other help options located on the library's help page

Subject Sections

Below is a very small list of books that are considered seminal works in anthropology. Please note that is this is not a comprehensive list. 

Reference Books

Electronic and Print Reference Books

Below is a list of electronic and print reference books that may assist you in your research. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list but rather a starting point. For additional electronic books, see the library catalog at

Electronic Books

For additional electronic books, see the library catalog at or the following databases under the link databases:  Social Sciences Premium Collection, Sage Reference and AnthroSource

What if a book is not available at my library?

If a book, article or other item is not available at your library, you must Interlibrary Loan the item/s. 

Go to the following link to request the item be sent to your campus libraryInterlibrary Loan

Last updated on May 10, 2024 9:36 AM