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An overview of the databases, online catalogs , topical research collections and websites that cover one or more of the subdisciplines of anthropology
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 A Song For the Horse Nation: Horses in Native American Culture


After Columbus: Four Hundred Years of Native American Portraiture -- In 1994, the New York Public Library mounted an exhibition of prints and drawings done by non-Native Americans from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries


Listening To Our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life Along the North Pacific Coast


S'abadeb- The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists -Created to accompany a major exhibition of Salish art from British Columbia and Washington State mounted at the Seattle Art Museum in 2008 and 2009, this page offers 175 repreentative pieces  from traditional basketry to comtemporary artworks.




Full Text Periodicals

Expedition : Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Back issues are available from 1958 to current, with selected pieces from the current issue as well.

Music and Anthropology: Journal of Musical Anthropology of the Mediterranean 






Essential Databases

  • Abstracts in Anthropology - - The database covers a broad spectrum of significant, current anthropological topics from a vast number of periodicals. Several thousand abstracts, selected and classified, fully indexed by author and subject, provide a thorough coverage of anthropological scholarship in all its subfields: * Cultural Anthropology * Physical Anthropology * Archaeology * and Linguistics
  • Anthropological Index Online - Published by the Royal Anthropological Institute and maintained by the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing. Photocopies of most indexed articles are available for research or private study from the mailing address of the Museum of Mankind. The homepage gives details of coverage, which currently includes full indexing for 1957 to 2004 and provides links to CSAC, RAI, and the search page itself.
  • Anthropology Plus - This database brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK. Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. The index offers excellent coverage of all core periodicals in the field in addition to local and lesser-known journals. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present.
  • AnthroSource - - The premier online resource serving the research, teaching, and professional needs of anthropologists. Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource
  • Ebrary Academic Complete - - This electronic book package includes more than 50,000 individual texts covering a broad array of academic disciplines. The database boasts a distinguished set of publishers including such university presses as Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, etc. The content of the database is well paired with an advanced set of tools that allows for expansive searching capabilities, and manipulation and storage of text.
  • Ethnographic Videos Online Provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior  more than 750 hours and 1,000 films at completion. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more.
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) - - Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) assists both generalists and specialists in keeping abreast of cutting-edge developments in disciplines concerned with the nature and use of language. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is also given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.
  • Reference Universe--contains 35 million data elements to over 45,000 specialized reference works. The elements are matched to NIU's electronic and print holdings, offering a customized view of local reference material.

    Web of Knowledge Combines the acclaimed Science and Social Sciences Citation Indexes (1987 to the present) with additional databases including BIOSIS Previews (1969 to the present), Current Contents (1998 to the present), and Medline (1950 to the present). The database offers a powerful and versatile research platform as well as search and analysis tools that enhance its scholarly value.  


  General Web Resources


Online Catalogs

 Among the major online catalogs with substantial holdings in anthropology are:   

 Biblioteca Nacional de Mexico

The European Library - This link provides access to the homepages of 46 European national librariess, with coverage reaching from Russia and the Ukraine to Ireland and Iceland. Users not fluent in the national language of a particular site should look for a small icon of the British or United States flag- this indicates that an English-language version of the page is available. Beginning users in anthropology will find the British Library a good starting place.

John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology ( Smithsonian Institution )

Library and Archives Canada

Library of Congress   

Tozzer Library ( Harvard )




Research Collections



Specific Cultural Groups and Regions


Archaeological Sites





Professional Organizations

  • American Anthropological Association - The homepage of the most prominent professional organization for anthropologists in the world.
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • American Society of Primatologists - An educational organization dedicated to the gathering and exchanging of information about the primate species. Interests range from ecology and behavior to captive management, conservation and virology.
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • Archaeological Survey of India
  • Association for Environmental Archaeology
  • Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology - Researchers will find the two sections of this page; "Physical Anthropology in Canada" and "Net Resources to Physical Anthropology" of interest.
  • Council for British Archaeology - The homepage of the Council for British Archaeology, whose mission is to inform the public "of issues and events" within its field. Links to the full-text of British Archaeology (with a two month time lag for each issue) and CBA Briefing and a list of current Council projects are provided.
  • Cultural Survival - A non-profit organization founded in 1972 to defend the human rights and cultural autonomy of indigenous peoples and oppressed ethnic minorities. A new online journal Active Voices may be reached from this page.
  • National Association of State Archaeologists - This site covers laws, procedures, educational programs, current research, and a directory of professionals for the U.S., Puerto Rico, America Samoa, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.
  • National Park Service Archeology Program
  • Royal Anthropological Institute of GreatBritain and Ireland - The oldest anthropological organization in the world, founded in 1843. Notable features include content pages to the Institute's Journal and access to Anthropological Index from the late 1960s to date.
  • Society for American Archaeology - An intercultural organization funded in 1934 and dedicated to the protection, interpretation, and research of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. The full-text of the Principles of Archaeological Ethics is available here.
  • Society for Applied Anthropology - Founded in 1941 "to promote the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems." News from the field and reports from the American Indian issues committee are among the features of this page.
  • Society for Archaeological Sciences - A forum for communication among scholars applying methods from the physical sciences to archaeology and the assessment by the archaeological community of the problems and potential offered by its approach. A special feature is the links to sites on archaeometry.
  • Society for California Archaeology - An excellent example of the type of site mounted by archaeological societies
  • Society for Economic Anthropology - This organization takes as its field of study "understanding diversity and change in the economic system of the world." Extracts from the society newsletters are included.
  • Society for Historical Archaeology - Formed in 1967, the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) is the largest scholarly group concerned with the archaeology of the modern world (A.D. 1400-present). The main focus of the society is the era since the beginning of European exploration. Geographically, the society emphasizes the New World, but also includes European exploration and settlement in Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
  • Society for the Anthropology of Religion





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