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Online and print sources for students in Anthropology

Do I need a book?


Why search for a book?  Books provide great historical perspective, a broad overview on a subject (as opposed to the specificity of journal and news articles), and can provide you with important background info for a research assignment.

When aren't books the best choice? Bear in mind that the lengthy publication process for books means that you won't be able to use them as information resources for events taking place within the past year or so (look for articles and web info). Remember to evaluate the author and his/her bias just as you would any other source.

The most important tip to remember is "don't ignore books" just because you are running out of time.  Use the table of contents and index within each book to zero in on those chapters and key words that are just right for your assignment.

Video: How to Search the eBook Collection Database

Get Materials from the SFCC Library


Library materials, such as books and DVDs, can be requested from any Community College of Spokane Library and delivered to the Pullman Campus.

When you find an item in the Library Catalog that you want, follow the steps in the document above to have it delivered to the Center nearest you. You will be notified by email or phone when it arrives. 

Can't Find an Item You Want?

If you find a reference to a book or article that does not seem to be available through the online catalog or article databases, the SFCC Library can get it for you! Contact the Reference Desk at 509-533-3834 or submit an online interlibrary loan request.

Keep in mind that it may take ten days to two weeks for print materials to arrive. Articles will be primarily emailed and typically take up to 24-72 hours to arrive.


Browsing the Library for Anthropology Books

Many (but not all) anthropology books around call number 572, though physical anthro, particularly human origins, also appears at 599.9. Much social and cultural anthropology can be found in the early 300s, e.g. 301-306.

eBooks @ SFCC Library

Note: To access the resources below you need to sign-in with your Bigfoot username & password to use the databases. 

Bigfoot Username: 
your first name - first initial of last name - last 4 digits of your

Need help? Call the CCS IT Student Helpdesk at 509-533-4357 or contact the library at 509-533-3834 / 509-533-3805.

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Our professional librarians are available to help you with using any of the library's electronic resources. Please contact us if you require assistance.

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