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Here you will find basic reference print and online resources for Anthropology and related fields.


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DaVinci's "The Vitruvian Man (c.1485)"

Anthropology (Oxford English Dictionary):

 1. The study or description of human beings or human nature (generally, rather than as a distinct field of study; cf. sense 2); a theory or account of this, as held by a specific person or group.

 2b. The scientific study of the human race; the branch of science which investigates the human species as a part of the animal kingdom, including comparative anatomy and psychology of humans and their closest animal relatives, human palaeontology and ecology, theories of human evolution, and the development and variety of human populations and their societies and cultures. Also: this discipline as a subject of academic study.

You can find the general Anthropology area with the call number starting with "GN" for Anthropology and Prehistoric Archaeology, "CC" for general Archaeology, and "GR" for mythology and folklore on the second floor of the library. 

Top Recommended Databases

Albertsons Library provides access to over 320+ research databases and indexes via the Databases tab on the library's homepage:

We have created several subject-specific lists of databases germane to your topic. For Anthropology, the following databases cover the spectrum of anthropological research and scholarship:

  • eHRAF World Cultures (collection of ethnography)
    ‚ÄčCross-cultural database that contains information on all aspects of cultural and social life
  • AnthroSource
    AnthroSource is a "service that offers AAA members and subscribing libraries full-text anthropological resources, including: a digital searchable database containing the past, present and future AAA publications; more than 300,000 full-text articles from AAA journals, newsletters, bulletins and monographs in a single place; and 24/7 access to scientific research information across the field of anthropology. Full text articles available via Wiley"
  • Dissertations & Theses
    Comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, offering millions of works from thousands of universities. Full-text coverage spans from 1743 to the present, with citation coverage dating back to 1637.
  • Ethnographic Video Online
    A comprehensive resource for the study of human culture, behavior, and society around the world including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork.

  • eHRAF ArcheologyA cross-cultural database containing information on the world's prehistory designed to facilitate comparative archaeological studies. Organized by archaeological traditions, the full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level.
  • Web of Science Core Collection
    Access the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and examine proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions
  • JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive
    Browse scholarly journals, books, and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and basic sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication.
  • Project MUSE Premium Collection
    Full-text scholarly journals and eBooks with an emphasis on humanities and social sciences. Subject coverage includes ethnic studies, art and architecture, creative writing, education, film, theater, and performing arts, history, literature, philosophy, religion, and more.
  • Scopus
    Index of peer-reviewed literature, scientific journals, books and conference proceedings covering the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

Useful tutorials and how-to videos from the Human Relation Area Files (HRAF)