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The anthropology collection supports the teaching, research and service activities of the entire university community. Its primary audience is the faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences (note: prior to 2009, the department was part of the conjoined Department of Anthropology & Geography). Its primary focus is support for the undergraduate and graduate curricula for anthropology. Narrowly specific and transient research needs of anthropology faculty and graduate students are supplemented through Interlibrary Loan. Materials are not purchased for the general public, though the public may benefit from the collection. The collection focuses on works classified in Archaeology CC; Anthropology GN; and ethnographic works appearing in History D, E, and F. As the department itself notes, anthropology's specialty, more than any other discipline, is the study of human diversity across time and space, so the department’s interests are very broad, and curriculum and research support may also be provided by works classified as belonging more properly to anatomy and physiology, anthropology of education, applied-development anthropology, area studies, art and art history, behavioral ecology, biological anthropology (note: formerly physical anthropology), classics, cross-cultural psychology, ethology, Great Plains studies, human ecology, landscape archaeology and land-use studies, medical anthropology, museum studies, Native American studies, paleontology, primatology, social history, technology (history and diffusion), urban studies/regional studies, and so forth.
For collection development decision-making purposes, of the several branches of and topics of interest to anthropology, those relating to general anthropology and methodology, archaeology, biological anthropology (i.e., physical anthropology), and social/cultural anthropology (including behavioral and human ecology) should be given stronger levels of support. Folkloristics and linguistics should be given lower levels of support unless otherwise indicated in the “Library Collections” section below or by the collection development policies for modern languages and for sociology (i.e., sociolinguistics).