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Anthropology and Sociology: Home

Useful Databases

Try searching these databases to retrieve articles and more. Depending on your area of research, relevant databases could fall into a variety of categories including Art, History, Linguistics, etc. Check out West Chester Library's database page for a full list of available databases (print included) in all subject areas.

Getting Started

Welcome to West Chester University Libraries' anthropology & sociology research page.  A good  way to begin research is to consult  specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries.  Subject encyclopedias provide basic background  information about  a subject; explain how your subject connects to others;  presents terminology to use in your searches; and often have bibliographies that list key works on your subject. A few examples of what the library offers are featured below. Websites, professional organizations, and additional reference materials can be searched using Anthropology and Sociology tabs above. Please don't hestiate to contact me about library research. Click on the following for WCU departmental page.

Search the library catalog

Use this search box to look for many relevant books, ebooks, films and Quick Search

A sampling of specialized encyclopedias

Need help writing better papers?

The Writing Center offers free tutoring services to all WCU undergraduate and graduate students . At every stage of the writing process, tutors help students find strategies for solving writing problems and help them become better writers. They provide online help and one-on-one in person sessions in Lawrence Center and the F.H. Green Library. (Tutors will be available to meet with students in the library on a “drop-in” basis from Sunday-Wednesday from 4:30-9:00 pm.)  

Citation format help

Hover over citation styles and click on "other" to get  American Sociological Association (ASA) fomatting.

Department Chair

Dr. Susan Johnston, Chair

Dr. Lisa Ruchti, Library Liaison Sociology

Dr. Michael Di Giovine, Library Liaison Anthropology

Items not available?

The easiest way to request books is through  E-Z Borrow (PALCI) .  This is a regional network that usually delivers books very quickly. 

If you need a book that is not available through E-Z Borrow, or a journal article not owned at WCU you can use ILLiad.

Note:  You will be  asked for a Patron ID.  The number you need is the 16 digit number on the back of your WCU ID card.  If your number doesn't work or you do not have an ID, call the library's circulation desk at  610-436-2946 to activate your number. 

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