Finding Articles and more: Anthropology Databases
Though journal articles covering issues of interest to anthropologists and anthropology students can be found in resources from virtually all subject areas, the databases below are often the best places to start for anthropology courses and topics:
- Anthropology Plus: the most anthropology-specific database, but only the first stop for multi-disciplinary topics. Combines two resources - Anthropological Literature from Harvard and Anthropological Index from the Royal Anthropological Institute in the UK.
- Academic Search Complete: large, multidisciplinary and easy to use; includes lots of full-text articles.
- SOCIndex: On EBSCO, the same platform as Academic Search Complete, but focused on sociology and social sciences, including anthropology.
- Sociological Abstracts: another sociology source that also includes many scholarly/academic anthropology journals and topics.
- AnthroSource: developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), this specialized source includes current issues of AAA peer-reviewed journals and archives of all AAA journals; limited indexing and search capabilities; full text of almost all publications.
- JSTOR: provides full-text access to backfiles of important scholarly journals in many disciplines. Use the "Advanced Search" screen to limit your search by discipline. WARNINGS: The latest 3 years or more are NOT usually available, and searches must be done either in the title or the full text of the articles.
- Google Scholar: a simple and powerful way to broadly search for scholarly articles, reports and books. If you are a novice searcher, however, it may not be easy to decipher the list of results. For off-campus use set your Scholar Preferences.
For news, magazine and journal articles of Canadian origin or covering Canadian subjects (but not necessarily academic or anthropological material) start with these general sources:
- Canadian Newstand: full-text access to Canadian daily newspapers including the Gazette.
- ProQuest Combined Canadian: indexes a wide variety of Canadian sources, from newspapers, transcripts and newsletters, to academic journals and theses.
- Canadian Periodical Index (CPI-Q): newspapers, magazines, journals.
- Factiva: Full text of international newspapers (including Canadian), transcripts and newswires (license for only one user at a time).
Below is a sampling of additional useful sources for sociology research:
- Francis: international scope, though mostly English and French.
- Web of Science: includes social sciences, humanities, arts. Offers citation searching.
- Scopus: large multidisciplinary database. also offers citation searching.
- Gender Studies Database
- LGBT Life
- First Nations Periodical Index
- Index Islamicus
- Bibliography of Asian Studies
- Handbook of Latin American Studies and HAPI Online
Encyclopediasand Reviews can provide that all-important background and context for research papers. Here is a sampling:
Scholarly Encyclopedias, though basic in nature, can provide useful background and context. They also often include bibliographies listing some of the major sources related to a topic. You can:
- Gale Virtual Reference Library. Search multiple encyclopedias at once (includes anthropology encyclopedias).
- Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
- Look for more encyclopedias using our online encyclopedias guide and browsing tool.
Though encyclopedia articles are very useful starting points and lead to other sources, they are NOT considered as peer-reviewed books or journals.
REVIEW & SURVEY Journals:
The main task of articles in these kinds of journals is to review or survey the literature related to a research topic. Try these:
- Annual Review of Anthropology
- Sociology Compass. Though there is no Anthropology Compass, other Compass Journals could also be relevant, including Geography, Religion, Social & Personality Psychology.
- Oxford Bibliographies. Can provide brief introductions, and extensive lists of important sources in many subject areas within Anthropology and more.