Departmental and University Research Facilities
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Libraries at McMaster
The university library system consists of Mills Memorial Library (Arts), the H.G. Thode Library of Science and Engineering, and a Health Sciences Library. The library system contains 1,395,000 volumes, and in addition has over 990,500 microform items and 160,000 non-print items such as maps and recordings. McMaster has a substantial collection of government publications and the combined libraries subscribe to approximately 14,450 current titles.
Mills Memorial Library contains over 40,000 volumes relating to anthropology. The Human Relations Area File is available on microfiche. Anthropology holdings include subscriptions to 225 current titles.
The department has its own small library - the Richard Slobodin Library - located in departmental quarters in Chester New Hall. The Slobodin Library houses a selection of major journals and reference works in anthropology, as well as approximately 600 monographs.
Graduate students are also encouraged to make suggestions for library acquisitions. Please consult the following guidelines on how to do this.
All graduate students are urged to purchase their own computers, if they do not already have one. Students have the opportunity to have their own computers connected to the Internet from their offices in Chester New Hall. The University also provides facilities for graduate students to access a variety of electronic communications and information services. As well, the department provides a few networked computers reserved exclusively for graduate student use. One of these computers, located in the departmental graduate computing lab, includes a colour scanner. Another computer is equipped with a slide scanner and photo-quality colour printer, and can be used for graphics-intensive research and instruction. The department also has a large-format colour printer for producing conference posters or other academic projects. There are four main student computer labs, used mainly by undergraduates, that contain networked PC's and printing facilities. University computer labs are equipped with many popular software packages, including Word, Excel, Access, SPSS, and Internet Explorer, among others.
The department's main archaeology lab is set up for teaching as well as analysis. It also houses exhibit cases and extensive collections for teaching and reference. There are lab facilities dedicated to fisheries archaeology research and soils analysis, as well as smaller labs for individual graduate student research.
The physical anthropology laboratory is used for teaching and has fossil cast and skeletal collections of both humans and non-human primates. There is also a bone thin-sectioning laboratory set up for the microscopic analysis of prehistoric human bone and a laboratory for the study of ancient DNA administered by the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre.Physical Teaching Lab
The department has a well-equipped film library and has established audio visual lending agreements with other Ontario universities. The department also has a large collection of slides pertaining to physical anthropology, archaeology, primitive art and ethnology. Tape recorders, transcribers, cameras, slide and film projectors, videotape cameras and playback equipment are available in the department for faculty and graduate student use.
All full-time graduate students are provided with office space. Graduate student offices are equipped with desks, chairs and bookshelves. Usually four graduate students share an office. Graduate and faculty offices are intermingled on the two floors that the Anthropology Department occupies in Chester New Hall.