Collection Policies


Purpose General Collection Guidelines Collecting Codes


The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in sociology (anthropology emphasis). Undergraduates seeking the B.A. degree must meet all of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Letters. The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice also offers a minor in sociology (anthropology specialization) for undergraduates pursuing a B.A. or B.S. in another academic discipline.

The anthropology collection also supports a variety of other undergraduate and graduate level programs at ODU. At the undergraduate level, anthropology courses are integrated into the "perspectives - social sciences" area of the general education core. Additionally, the anthropology collection supports undergraduate work in the areas of sociology, womenís studies, political science, philosophy, international studies, economics, religion, geography and art. At the graduate level, the anthropology collection supports programs in applied sociology, applied linguistics, international studies, psychology, philosophy, law, international studies, and education.

To support these program offerings the library must collect a broad base of anthropology and archaeology materials at the undergraduate level, and a narrower range of material at the graduate and research levels. The areas of heaviest concentration are Indians of North America, hunting and gathering societies, and sex roles.


Language Guidelines:

English will be the primary language of the collection. English language translations of foreign works will be collected on a selective basis. Non-English language materials will generally not be collected, although exceptions are pos sible in special circumstances.

Chronological Treatment of Subject Guidelines:

The collection development emphasis will be on current topics in both applied and theoretical areas.

Geographical Guidelines:

Works related to anthropology and archaeology in North America should be collected comprehensively. The university's international emphasis will mean that anthropological works related to all areas of the world will be selectively acquired. The primar y areas of international emphasis will be Africa, Latin and South America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Treatment of Subject:

Historical works and scholarly biographies will be collected selectively.

Types of Material:

ODU Library will collect primarily scholarly monographs and reference works. It will maintain on-site access to core anthropology periodicals and to bibliographic databases designed to facilitate access to anthropology literature. In addition, the li brary will offer access points to anthropology related information that is not available on-site including online database services and Internet accessible resources. The Library may selectively acquire audio-visual materials or numeric data files.

Date of Publication:

Current materials published within the past five years will receive priority. Older materials may be selectively acquired in order to fill in weak areas of the collection or as the research emphasis of the department changes.

Other General Considerations:

  1. Interdisciplinary Relationships: Related collection development statements are sociology, women's studies and international studies.

  2. Local/Regional/Consortia Resources: The College of William & Mary offers Bachelorís and Masterís degrees in anthropology. The Department of Anthropology at William and Mary also operates the Center for Archaeological Research "Öto provide archaeological research services and applied educational opportunities in cultural resource management." Christopher Newport University offers an undergraduate minor in anthropology.

  3. Center For Research Libraries: The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) offers a variety of anthropology related materials. This collection is especially useful for historical materials, foreign monographs and periodicals, and doctoral dissertations.

  4. Virtual Library of Virginia: OCLC Firstsearch (Social Sciences Abstracts and Humanities Abstracts), IAC Infotrac Searchbank, and Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (Sociological Abstracts) offer access to significant anthropology/archaeology materials. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, and several other anthropology/archaeology related journals are available fulltext from Academic Press IDEAL.

  5. Government Publications: Government publications received through ODU Library's participation in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) are sometimes useful in anthropology. The United States Department of the Interior sponsors archeological work in the United States. The National Science Foundation also serves as a funding source for anthropology projects.

  6. Distance Education: No anthropology degrees are currently offered through the University's distance education program, and no anthropology courses have been offered through TELETECHNET during the last few years.

  7. Additional Considerations: An increasing amount of anthropology related material is available on the Internet. A couple of good starting points are WWW Virtual Library: Anthropology ( and ArchNet (

Summary of Collection Strengths and Weaknesses:

The library must work with anthropology faculty to assure that the collection supports their research areas, and other anthropology related disciplines (such as women's studies) where graduate and faculty research is taking place. Emphasis also needs to be placed on strengthening archaeology holdings in support of upper-division undergraduate courses in that area.

Collecting Codes
key to collecting codes

Discipline: Anthropology
Bibliographer: Stuart Frazer (
Date: 12/98

LC Class

Subject Descriptors

Collection Code





Emphasis on Africa and North America

E77 - 79

Indians of North America


Area of faculty research

E78.V7, F229

Indians of North American - Virginia


Area of faculty research


Indians of North America - Antiquities


Area of faculty research


Indian Tribes


Area of faculty research


Anthropology - History




Anthropology - Methodology



GN49 - 298

Physical Anthropology


For biological anthropology


Physical Anthropology - Methodology



GN300 - 673



For cultural/social anthropology

GN345 - 346

Ethnology - methodology



GN357 - 378

Culture and Cultural Processes


Area of faculty research

GN388, GN407.3

Hunting and Gathering Peoples


Area of faculty research

GN478 - 479.65

Social Organization


Includes social roles

GN537 - 673

Ethnic Groups and Races



GN700 - 890

Prehistoric Peoples



GN768 - 776.52

Stone Age


Area of faculty research

P35 - 35.5

Anthropological Linguistics