Selected Resources for: Anthropology

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Subject Librarian:

Nancy Herther

herther@umn.edu

This subject covers: the origins, physical and cultural developments, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind.


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Anthropology Plus 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.

Current and archival journals from the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Current coverage includes 15 of the AAA's most critical peer-reviewed publications; including American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly. The archive includes all AAA journals.

ATLA lists journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. Some listings link to full text of articles. More about ATLA

The eHRAF Collection of Archaeology covers the prehistory of the world with a growing collection of full-text information (e.g. books, journal articles, and dissertations) on archaeological traditions.The collection is unique in that the text is subject-indexed to the paragraph level for quick retrieval of information.

Contains FULL-TEXT information on over 360 cultures of the world, past and present. Electronic HRAF contains resources added since 1991 but earlier segments will be added to this database on a regular basis.

GEOBASE is a multidisciplinary database supplying bibliographic information and abstracts for development studies, the Earth sciences, ecology, geomechanics, human geography, and oceanography.

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 4 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

LLBA 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.

The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.

Bibliographic citations from more than 690 international music periodicals covering a broad range of subjects, including music history, forms and types of music, musical instruments from ancient to modern, and electro-acoustic and computer-produced music. Book reviews, reviews of music recordings, tapes, and performances, first performances, and obituaries are also indexed.

This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.

The premiere index for the zoological sciences, this is a comprehensive index to the world's zoological literature from approximately 6000 journals. It covers all animal taxa from protozoa to the primates, and all aspects of their life cycles, behaviors, taxonomy, ecology and evolution.

The online version includes information not available in the printed index, such as taxonomic summaries of each animal discussed in an article, geographical headings and additional subject approaches. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.

Printed index, 1864 - 2009 available at UMN Libraries, not updated


General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Biographical dictionary of social and cultural anthropology


Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of prehistory

SAGE Knowledge is the platform for accessing all subscribed content from Sage and and selected companion publishers CQ Press and Corwin. Sage Knowledge includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more. The Libraries have purchased all Sage Handbooks and Encyclopedias through 2011.


Guides

Cultural Anthropology: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources, 2nd ed.

By JoAnn Jacoby & Josephine Z. Kibbee. 2nd ed. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007. A useful annotated bibliography to the key works in this field. A good place to find resources to start your research in this area.

Introduction to Library Research in Anthropology, 2nd ed.

This book is the standard for guiding library research in cultural anthropology. Weeks begins with a good overview of the field, followed by individual chapters detailing different kinds of sources including archives, databases, internet sites as well as conventional information sources like indexes and abstracting services, regional bibliographies and Library of Congress subject headings. An essential tool.


Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

An excellent set of links to museums, Web sites, college departments, key Archaeological sites, etc.

A megasite that allows for browsing by subject area or searching for key Web sites in the field.


Web Sites

An excellent set of links to the style guides for major anthropology journals and books from the University of California, Berkeley, libraries.


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.


Library Information

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