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Library resources for the study of Anthropology


Welcome to the Anthropology LibGuide.

Please use the tabs across the top of the page to access the type of information you need.

If you have any suggestions for additional material, please let me know through the contact info in the right sidebar. 

General Information

The Butler University Libraries use the Library of Congress classification system.

Books classed in the subject area of anthropology will have call numbers beginning with GN, so if you're just browsing, this is a good place to start. Keep in mind, however, that the field of anthropology is extremely broad and interdisciplinary -- you can find relevant information in just about any subject area, so always approach your research with creativity and persistence.

For further assistance, feel free to contact Sally Childs-Helton at

Maps & Atlases

Maps and atlases are housed in Irwin Library's Current Periodical Room (CPR), just opposite the circulation desk. There are also atlases, including many with regional or historical perspectives (e.g., Atlas of Ancient Archaeology), housed in the G classification in the reference area.

Other Resources


Library videos are housed behind the circulation desk and may be viewed in the audio-visual facility on the first floor. When searching the library's holdings online, you might also come across the call number location SOC/ANTH MOD LANG CNTR. This designation refers to the Modern Foreign Language Lab, housed in Jordan Hall 391. Its hours are posted at Irwin's reference desk.

Special Collections/Rare Books Room, Irwin, 3rd floor

Home of the University Archives, local history resources, and various materials of interest to students of anthropology, including the William F. Charters South Seas Collection and early books on Native Americans.

Subject Guide

Sally Childs-Helton's picture
Sally Childs-Helton
Irwin Library, Rm 345
Special Collections, Rare Books, and University Archives
Childs-Helton eval


Email Butler University Libraries
Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937
CAT: 317-940-8575

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