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ANTH 009C: Cultures of the Middle East (SC)

Anthropology 009C: Cultures of the Middle East (Ghannam) - Spring 2015

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To find a book that you can borrow, use Tripod. Through Tripod, you can request books from Bryn Mawr and Haverford, and they'll be delivered to you at Swarthmore within a day or two.
 
How to Find a Book using Tripod:

1. Enter a keyword or two, and look through Tripod to find books on your topic.

2. Once you've found a book that looks relevant, check to see whether the book is available at Swarthmore:

- If it says S McCabe, the book is at Swarthmore. Find the Call Number. This will tell you where to find the book in the library.

      
   Where to find books in McCabe:

  •       A-G call numbers - Lower Level of McCabe (below the main floor)
  •       H-K call numbers - Level 2 (above the main floor)
  •       L-Z call numbers - Level 3

- If the book you want is only available from (Haverford / Magill) or B (Bryn Mawr / Canaday), click the Request button to have the book delivered to you at Swarthmore. You'll be asked to login using your regular Swarthmore email username and password. Once you've placed the request, you'll see a confirmation on-screen. The book will arrive at McCabe within a day or two, and you'll get an email when it's ready.
 
 
Narrow Your Search Results Geographically:
 
In Tripod, search for a keyword that relates to your topic (e.g. masculinity).
On the left side of the search results page, click the link for More Catalog Results. This link will bring you to a set of search results with limits on the right-hand side of the page.

Scroll down and find the Region limit, then limit by a region (e.g. Middle East) or a specific country (e.g. Egypt).  (view example)
 
 
Use One Good Book to Find Others:
 
When you've located a relevant book, there are several strategies you can use to find additional related works.
  • Search by the subject headings you find in the book's Tripod record--this will help you find other books on the same topic, classified with the same subject heading. (view example)

  • Consult the book's bibliography and use Tripod and library databases to track down some of the sources that author cited.

Books in the TriCo Libraries

Use Tripod to find books held by the TriCollege libraries.  You can request books from the other TriCo schools and have them delivered to Swarthmore.
 
How to Find Books About a Region or Country
  1. Start your Tripod search with just the topic you're interested in, for example, gender and law. Omit the country or region you're interested in from your keywords.
  2. On the Tripod search results page, click on the "Books and More" link on the left.
  3. Then narrow down your search results to books about the region you're interested in.  Look on the right side of the page, and scroll down until you find the option for "Region." 
    Then select the (broad) region you're interested in, for example, "Middle East," "Islamic Countries," or "Iran"
  4. You'll see a list of books on your topic that relate to the region you've selected.

Use One Good Book to Find Others
When you've located a relevant book, there are several strategies you can use to find additional related works.

  • Search by the subject headings you find in the book's Tripod record--this will help you find other books on the same topic, classified with the same subject heading.

               For example, look at this book in Tripod.  The subject headings include Motion pictures > Political aspects > Middle East.

  • Consult the book's bibliography and use Tripod and library databases to track down some of the sources that author cited.

Books Beyond the TriCo Libraries

To find books that are not owned by the TriCo libraries, search by keywords and/or subject headings in WorldCat, and make interlibrary loan or EZ-Borrow requests.  Whenever possible, try to make your interlibrary loan requests early in the semester, to ensure that the books arrive with enough time left to write your paper.