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SOAN 226: Anthropology of Gender

For Professor Pamela Feldman Savelsberg - Winter 2021

Finding New Books and Their Reviews

Many journals contain book review sections.  A good way to stay on top of the newest literature is to browse these book reviews as the journals come out. 

AnthroSource is probably the easiest place to do this.  Simply click "Browse AnthroSource," click on a journal title, go to the newest edition and look for the book reviews section.  See images below.

Project Muse contains the full text of many anthropology journals and can be browsed or searched for book reviews.  Watch an example search.

JSTOR lets you limit a search to anthropology journals and to book reviews, but it does not have the most recent issues of journals.  Though it is a great place to find book reviews, it is not an appropriate place to find the newest books reviewed.

The Current Contents database is designed to let you see the contents pages of journals as they are published.  It is a fast place to browse or search for book reviews.  Watch an example search and an example browse.

Finding New Books

Publishers' web sites often list their new books by subject area.  If you want to keep up on new books coming out in the field of anthropology, you might want to bookmark the following sites:

Catalyst Basics

Use Catalyst, Carleton and St. Olaf's online catalog, to find books on your topic. The Books tab lets you focus on book content (e.g., excluding article-level works).

Screenshot example of library home page with Books tab selected

Books & eBooks

Begin with a keyword search:

  • Try different words relevant to your topic
  • When you find a good book, notice the subject headings used to catalog it
  • Click on these hyper-linked subject headings to find more relevant books

Perform a subject search in Catalyst only if you know a valid Library of Congress subject heading. A few examples:

  • Public welfare
  • Welfare recipients
  • Women -- government policy
  • Women -- economic conditions
  • Distributive justice

Call Numbers - What Do They Mean?

As we talked about in class, the books are arranged according to the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System. If you would like to know what each call number range stands for, consult the links below.

Search for Anthropology Book Reviews