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ANTHRO 202 Cultural Anthropology - Yolanda Chapman, instructor

Selected Resources for Cultural Anthropology

If you would like to see a full list of the library's subscription databases, check out the alphabetized Full List of Library Databases or the Subject List of Library Databases if you prefer to see them grouped by general subject area. 


  • Course Textbook: 

  • Supplemental and Comparison Textbooks:

    • Cultural Anthropology: a Problem-Based Approach by Richard H. Robbins and Rachel Dowty, 2017.  
    • Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives by Jack David Eller, 2016. 
    • Cultural Anthropology: the Human Challenge by William A. Haviland, Harald E.L. Prins, Bunny McBride, and Dana Walrath, 2017. 
    • Handbook of Sociocultural Anthropology edited by James G. Carrier and Deborah B. Gewertz, 2013. 
    • An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by C. Nadia Seremetakis, 2017. 
    • Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology by the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges -- 2nd Edition. 

Ethnographies – Open Access Books and Digital Resources

Many ethnography books are available, from the very specific to the very general. Use these links as additional resources to the ones found on the college library website. Browse a site, select a book, copy the url link, and then download the book. Alternatively, you can use the sites to help you select an ethnography that interests you.

Instructor Yolanda Chapman’s Favorite Ethnographies

  • Violence and Hope in a U.S. Mexico Border Town by Jody Glittenberg, 2008

  • Visionary Vine: Hallucinogenic Healing in the Peruvian Amazon by Marlene Dobkin de Rios, 1984


Cultural Anthropology: Our Diverse World – a CUNY TV series by Coast Learning Systems; CENGAGE Learning. 2 DVD set. Available at Olive-Harvey Audio Visual (DVD 85)

  • Cultural Anthropology: Our Diverse World introduces the central concepts, concerns, and research methods of cultural anthropology. This course takes a cross-cultural approach to diverse subject areas, including subsistence patterns, political organization, the family, social organization, economics, kinship, language, the arts, and religion. As Cultural Anthropology: Our Diverse World explores the various ways in which the human species has responded to the fundamental challenges of survival, students will gain a greater appreciation for the ways in which anthropologists work to study the cultural and biological aspects of humankind within the widest possible context, by employing a mix of theoretical perspectives and methodologies.”


Hidden Colors film series tells the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. The series discusses some of the reasons the contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history.

Selected eJournals from EBSCO eJournal Collection

Artificial Intelligence in Education

What are Chatbots?

“A chatbot is a form of artificial intelligence (AI) software that is capable of simulating a conversation with a human user through the Internet or over the telephone … chatbots are programmed to answer messages sent by human users and supply an appropriate response.”   

Lasky, J. (2023). Chatbot. Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science.

Chatbot examples:

An Extensive Research Guide on Chatbots and Academic Education from the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Northern Illinois University,

Research Guide on Artificial Intelligence and Library Research by librarian Katie Ediger, Truman College, City Colleges Chicago,

Successful Strategies for Online Learning

Tips include: create a study space, have consistent study routines, know the course syllabi, study with others, celebrate your achievements, and ask for help.

Remote Access to Library Databases

All library databases linked to are subscription databases. This means that to access them from anywhere outside of a City College building, you will need to log in with your CCC username and password. Note: Enter the username without the ending.

The login page will look like this:

The Research Process

The following links will walk you through the process of doing research once you have settled on a topic from starting your research to search for information in the library's database to evaluating information sources.

1. Starting Your Research

2. Developing Keywords

3. Locating Sources

4. Evaluating Sources

5. Citations and Plagiarism

Using Google Scholar for Research

Google Scholar is a Google platform that allows the user to search for information deemed scholarly from a variety of types of resources including journals, government documents, and websites. When searching, keep in mind that you may come across items that are not accessible in Google Scholar. You can always contact an HWC librarian with the citation information that is available in Google Scholar, and we can help you locate a copy. Remember that whenever you are doing research, and especially when using resources on the open internet, it is important to critically evaluate your sources of information.

This page from the University of Illinois Library provides more information about Google Scholar, its benefits and drawbacks, and how it compares to searching in a library database.