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Archaeology and Anthropology: Find Books

How to search for a library book online

Use the box below to search the catalogue


The catalogue contains all BU library owns, and it's a quick way to search for books and multimedia that you can borrow. 

  • Search by title - you can put a comma and then the author's surname to narrow it down, for example Tale of two cities, Dickens
  • Narrow down by date - you can adjust the date range of al;l your results using the sliding bar on the left hand side
  • Narrow down by location -  you can narrow down to one of the 2 libraries, or select 'ebooks' to only see online content.

Essential Links

These are the 3 main links you'll need to use a lot in finding and using books for your work.

How to find a book in the library.

First Floor

001.4 Research and Study Skills
301 Sociology and Anthropology in general
302-307 Sociology and Anthropology topics including:
Social change
305.4  Women
306.8  Marriage and family life

Third Floor

599.9  Physical Anthropology (origins of homo sapiens), including:
599.97  Origins of ethnic groups
709.011 -  art of non literate people to 499 CE

Fourth Floor

930 History of Ancient World
930.1 Archaeology
930.1028 Techniques of Archaeology (e.g. use of computers)
930.102804 Underwater Archaeology
930.12  Paleolithic Age
930.13 Mesolithic Age
930.14 Neolithic Age
936 History of Ancient Europe, includes:
936.1  British Isles to 410
936.2 England to 410

Understanding the different types of academic books

  1. Usually big - you willl often just want to read a chapter or a section rather than the whole book.
  2. They are best for getting a good overall introduction to a topic, and explaining the main theorists and theories..
  3. Best place to start and find the main areas of debate and discussion.

  1. Chapters are written by different authors.
  2. There is an editor or editors on the title page.
  3. In referencing you list the author and title of the chapter, and also the details of the book (see referencing guide).

  1. A specialist book on one topic.
  2. Often (but not always) just one author.
  3. Good for going deeper in academic discussions and debates.

  1. A family of books by a publisher on a similar theme/ area.
  2. By different authors/ editors..
  3. Can be useful for finding other books on a topic.

  1. Festschrifts: Written in honour of a scholar, and the subject matter will be in areas of the scholar's own work and interest.
  2. Conference Proceedings: Sometimes published as a book, and can bring together some of the most recent research in an areas.
  3. Reference Books: Many books in the library are labelled 'reference only' - what we mean by reference books in this context is that they are books you'd dip into for short articles, definitions or statistics.

What are the best textbooks?