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Guide for Library Research in Anthropology

Getting Started with Library Research in Anthropology 

The most general starting points are on this page. See links to the left for more specific guides and resources. When in doubt, contact the librarian for anthropology!

Databases for scholarly journal articles

Use databases for research.  If full-text isn't provided, click the red UMLinks button in the citation to check for other options.

Anthroplogy specific 

  • Anthropology Plus
    Provides citations, abstracts and full text of articles from several hundred sources, including scholarly journals in communication, interpersonal communication, mass media, and journalism journals, plus articles on communication published in the journals of other disciplines, and mass media trade journals. Some coverage back to  1920's-
  • AnthroSource
    The full text of the 32 journals published by the American Anthropological Association, some dating back to the nineteenth century. 
  • eHRAF World Cultures
    Includes the full-text of 19 journals published by Sage and participating societies, some journals going back 23 years, encompassing over 5,000 articles.

 Related Disciplines and Interdisciplinary

  • Academic Search Premier
    Citations, abstracts and full-text articles from scholarly and general-interest periodicals relating to social sciences, humanities, education,physical, and biological sciences. 1975-
  • BIOSIS Citation Index
    Indexes content from journals, conferences, books, and U.S. patents covering the life sciences and biomedical research since 1926.
  • BioOne
    Bioscience research journals in full text. Covers 179 titles from 136 society and nonprofit publishers, including some open access journals. Coverage varies; earliest is 1994-present.
  • Dissertations and Theses
    Bibliographic citations and abstracts of doctoral dissertations and some masters theses completed at primarily American and Canadian colleges and universities since 1861. Includes full text of the first 24 pages of most recent (1997- ) dissertations and full text of recent UMass Amherst dissertations. To borrow theses and dissertations from other institutions, place a request through Interlibrary Loan . 1861-
  • eHRAF Archaelogy
    Archaeology books, journal articles, and dissertations describing prehistoric life and archaeological sites across the world, 1983-present.
  • Europa World Yearbook
    A very useful encyclopedia and directory of the world's countries. Substantive coverage of government, demographics, history, and much more
  • Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)
    Citations to articles from social science and humanities journals in English and Spanish. 1970-
  • Project Muse
    Full-text articles from scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences published by Johns Hopkins University Press; searchable by journal issue, author, and keyword. 1996-
  • Sociological Abstracts
    References to scholarly journal articles, dissertations, and conference papers on sociology and related disciplines, 1960-present
    Web of Science
    Covers almost all English-language scholarly journals. Provides a means of tracing where an article is cited, as well as topic and author searching. Social sciences journals are covered since 1956.
  • Zoological Record
    Citations to periodical articles and other scholarly literature on zoology, biochemistry, behavior, ecology evolution, and genetics, 1864-present.