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Research Tools for Anthropology.
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Looking for Journal Articles?

Anthropology is a diverse field of study, so choose the right database for your research needs.

  • For any of the four fields--archaeology, cultural, linguistics, or physical anthropology--Anthropology Plus is a good starting point.
  • Archaeologists can find many great articles in the scientific database Web of Science.
  • Cultural anthropologists might also explore Social Sciences Abstracts, a database with broad coverage of the social sciences. 
  • Linguistic anthropologists may benefit from searching in Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts.
  • Physical anthropologists should consult Web of Science. Also, PrimateLit is great for specialists in primate behavior and related topics.

  Links to these databases below!  

Select a Database

  • Anthropology Plus  
    Comprehensive index of bibliographic materials from the late 19th century to today, covering the fields of anthropology, archaeology and interdisciplinary studies. Combines Harvard's Anthropological Literature database and UK's Anthropological Index.
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts  
    Abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.
  • PrimateLit: a bibliographic database for primatology  
    The PrimateLit database provides bibliographic access to the scientific literature on nonhuman primates for the research and educational communities. Coverage of the database spans 1940 to present and includes all publication categories and subject areas
    Note: While still a great resource, PrimateLit ceased adding new citations in 2010 due to lack of funding. Try PsycINFO or Web of Science for more recent scholarship.
  • Social Sciences Full Text  
    Provides abstracts and some full text in various social science areas including Anthropology, Area Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, and Sociology.
  • Web of Science
    An index to over 8000 highly ranked scientific journals. Perform a traditional search for articles, or conduct a 'cited reference search' to find how many times an article has been cited since being published. Coverage from 1976-present.

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