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Social Anthropology Library Guide

Shelf numbers

Important note about electronic vs. print books: While the Library still maintains strong print collections, it is important to note that many of our newest books are available only in electronic rather than print versions. This is especially so in the Social Sciences but can also be true of some critical or highly-used works in the Arts and Literature subjects.

It is therefore essential to use the library catalogue, Primo, which has hotlinks to the electronic books, since browsing the physical collection alone will cause you to miss the up-to-date, new material added to the Library holdings over the last few years.

The main magic number for Social Anthropology in general is 306.

Many of your books are kept in the 300s sequence but some of the older ethnography books will be kept in the 572 sequence.

Social Anthropology is one of the most wide-ranging subjects and it is important to use the catalogue, since your books could be shelved just about anywhere in the library.

 

That being said, these are some of the most useful shelf numbers for Social Anthropology:

 

301         Sociology & anthropology

302         Social interaction

303         Social processes

304         Factors affecting social behaviour

305         Social groups

306         Culture & institutions

307         Communities

361         Social problems & social welfare in general

362         Social welfare problems & services

363         Other social problems & services

364         Criminology

365         Penal & related institutions

370         Education

371         Schools & their activities; special education

372         Elementary education

373         Secondary education

374         Adult education

390         Customs, etiquette & folklore

391         Costume & personal appearance

392         Customs of life cycle & domestic life

393         Death customs

394         General customs

395         Etiquette (Manners)

398         Folklore

572         Ethnography (the older shelf code – older books)

913        Archaeology (sometimes of interest to Anthropologists)

 

Short Loans

The Short Loans Centre is on Level 4 of the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.

Many books and photocopied readings essential to your courses have been placed there by lecturers.

You will need to give the staff both the title and shelf number of the book you want.

Short Loan material is issued for 1 or 3 hours only.

You must return Short Loan material to the Short Loans Centre.

THE BASICS OF SURVIVAL

PRIMO: the Basics of Survival on the UCT Catalogue

 

PRIMO is a tool for searching across the UCT library book catalogue as well as a selection of our databases of full text journal articles, all with one query.

You can find it on the library homepage at www.lib.uct.ac.za

In this example we going to do a search in the Sociology of Literature – (the study of literature as a reflection of its society), and a very nice topic for bridging both the Arts and the Social Sciences it is too.

We are going to look for a particular author – Nontsizi Mgqwetho.

This quick search brings up the copies that we have of her work, as well as books and articles about her work. 

 

Clicking on the TITLE of the top record takes me to the records for the printed books and gives me the shelf number so I can find them on the shelves: It says the book is available at the African Studies Library and other locations.

The African Studies Library is a research and archive collection, which collects and preserves books in stock for the generations yet to come and attracts researchers from around the world. In consequence the African Studies collection books can only be read in that library and may not be borrowed. 

The Main Library copy is the one that can be borrowed, but you have to get into the full record to finds its specific shelf number.

 

The shelf number works like a street address – just follow the numbers up or down until you get to the address you want.  Shelf numbers keep related books together, so once you have found your book, it is often useful to browse the books on either side of it as well.

In fact, you don’t even have to physically be in the library to do it… If you again click on the title of one of the results, you will be taken to the full record for the book – which has a virtual browse option – so you can see all its neighbouring books…. You never know what you will discover that way.

 

By clicking on the blue subject headings in the record you can also call up similar books which share that subject heading.

 

 

On the search screen you can use a drop-down arrow to search only for electronic journal articles or electronic books or reference works.

 

 

In this example, restricting the search to Articles & other Electronic Resources, the top results are for electronic journal articles…

 

 

And further down we have an electronic encyclopaedia entry for her, also available online.

 

 

If I click on the title I will be taken to a full record for the article or electronic book, and a link to the database on which it lives:

 

 

And so to download the article:

 

 

The record also shows me how to cite the book or article – which I will need to do if I am going to use it in an essay:

 

 

Or, even better, it allows me to send the record to a program like RefWorks or Endnote, which does my citing for me, automatically, at the touch of a button….

 

 

 

The left-hand side of the screen has all sorts of options for refining or restricting your results:

 

The most useful are probably Peer-reviewed Journals (the most respectable journals, I which every article is vetted by other academics), Subject or Resource type:

If you are getting too many results – and PRIMO can bring up a lot of results – you can use an Advanced Search to search more precisely:

 

And if you are looking for a very specific book, journal or article – for example from a reading list - PRIMO has a Find By Citation form which can help you find exactly that reference. I’ll use a good social science example here:

 

Just put in as much information as you have on the reference:

Shaffer, P., 1998. Gender, poverty and deprivation: evidence from the Republic of Guinea. World Development, 26(12), pp.2119-2135.

And this will bring it up in both print and electronic versions:

And clicking on the full text or database link will take you to it.

 

A digression into Boolean Searching

 

It is possible to create very precise searches just using keywords.

The trick is to combine them with Boolean Operators, wildcards and brackets. Most of our databases, including our library catalogue, take Boolean operators.

Consider this search string:

(child* OR wom?n OR gender) AND poverty AND Africa* NOT “African American”

The * is a wildcard – it calls up anything that follows the root “child” – so it will being up child and children or childhood……

The ? is a mid-word wildcard – calls up women and woman…

The OR expands you options – women or gender must come up in the results, it doesn’t matter which….

The (brackets) keep the OR words together and relate them to the AND which follows – otherwise the search would call up anything to do with women, regardless of whether it had to do with poverty and Africa….

Any words linked with AND must be included in the search results - OR broadens a search, AND tightens it.

NOT excludes a term. Be careful of this. First search without it, to get an idea of what you are missing.

“Inverted commas” enclose a precise phrase.

 

To use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) in PRIMO, you must enter them in CAPITAL LETTERS, otherwise PRIMO ignores them.

 

Don’t forget that you can restrict the search to electronic journal articles or electronic books only, using the drop-down arrow – useful if you are off-campus.

 

Subject Guide

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Some handy Reference books

Companion encyclopedia of anthropology – R 301.03 COMP

Encyclopedia of social anthropology – R 301.03 ENCY

 

SAGE handbook of social anthropology – R 306 SAGE

 

Encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology – R 306.03 ENCY

 

Encyclopedia of cultural anthropology – R 306.03 ENCY

Routledge dictionary of anthropologists – R 306.092 GAIL

International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences - R 300.3 INTE

Ethnic groups worldwide – R 305.8 LEVI

Encyclopedia of world cultures – R 306.03 ENCY

Encyclopedia of African Peoples – R 306.096 ENCY

The Cambridge encyclopedia of archaeology – R 913.003 CAMB

 

 

Government Publications Library

The Government Publications Department houses a collection of documents (both current and historical) from local, provincial and national government bodies, for example, the Census, legislation, parliamentary proceedings, and documents  dealing with planning, policy, public finance and statistics.  South African government documents, and documents from regional bodies and governments across Africa are also collected, as are publications from the United Nations system and from former colonial powers.  The library is on Level 4 of the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.