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For anthropological treatments of particular topics do a keyword search in Albert combining a topic word with the phrases Anthropological Aspects or Social Life and Customs. For example:

  • Dancing--Anthropological Aspects
  • Australian Aborigines -- Social life and Customs

 For information on a particular culture use the specific name of the culture.


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Anthropology Databases

Anthropology Plus combines Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and the...

Current issues of American Anthropological Association's journals and bulletins as well as...

General Databases

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Journal/Periodical Reading Room
Reference Sources

Annual Review of Anthropology Palo Alto, CA: Annual Reviews,1972-. 

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Dictionary of Anthropology. (Ref 306.03 B238) Oxford: Blackwell, 1997.

Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology. (Ref 306.03 L578) 4 vols. New York: Henry Holt, 1996.

Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World's Cultures. (Ref 362.103 Em12) 2 vols. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum, 2004.

Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory. (Ref 573.2 T189a) New York: Garland, 1999.

 Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology. (Ref 306.03 B253) New York: Routledge, 1996.

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Handbook of Ethnography. (Ref. 306.018 At56h)Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage , 2001

Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology. (Ref 614.1 B613) Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, 2009.

International Dictionary of Anthropologists. (Ref 306.0922 W736) New York: Garland, 1991.

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Web Sites

Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent - A collection of digitized visual images and sounds of Africa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's African Studies Program.

 African Online Digital Library - Digital Library for Africa with exhibits, essays, interviews and research. Searchable.

American Folklife Center - From the Library of Congress, this site is meant to "preserve and present American life". Information can be searched by state. Includes bibliographical references.

American Museum of Natural History: Anthropology Division - Displays over 200,000 images from the museums collection.

California Academy of Sciences: Anthropology Department - The database collection is highly visual, with many images to enjoy. Find online exhibitions, publications, and more.

 CSAC's Ethnographics Gallery - From the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing.  From the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.

 Ethnographic Resources related to Folklore, Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, and the Humanities - From the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Pacific Studies WWW Virtual Library - A directory of a wide assortment of Web sites, bibliographies, and discussion lists related to the Pacific Islands.

Public Anthropology - "...demonstrates the ability of anthropology and anthropologists to effectively address problems beyond the discipline..."

Survey of California and Other Indian Languages - From the University of California, Berkeley, Linguistics Department.

WWW Virtual Library -- Museums - Search by country for links to different museums.

Citing and Writing


The accepted citation style for anthropology is the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Style. For help citing use the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Guide from SMC and the American Anthropological Association Style Guide

Writing Assistance


Questions about grammar and structure? Don't forget to refer back to your ENGL 3, 4 and 5 writing manuals. We have a couple of copies on Reserve if you need to quickly refer back to rules on commas, noun/pronoun agreement, structuring your paper, or other issues.


 The Writing Center


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