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Anthropology Research Guide

An in-depth guide to resources for anthropology research. Here you will find resources for all subfields, as well as references to a range of health, development, and environmental data sources.

Literature Reviews

What is a literature review?  and how is it different from a book review?? This webpage by the UC Santa Cruz Library does a good job of explaining lit reviews.

Annual Reviews Online--THE place for LITERATURE reviews in the social sciences!

Book Reviews

Most databases allow you to limit your search to "reviews" or "book reviews". Look for advanced search and filtering options. Book reviews are often considered a document type.

Focus on Anthropology

  • Reviews in Anthropology is a journal devoted to lengthy, in-depth review commentary on recently published books in the four fields of anthropology. This journal is indexed in the Anthropology Plus database.
  • AnthroSource includes book reviews that were published in the journals of the American Anthropological Association. Search for the title or author of the reviewed book.
    • JSTOR indexes several major anthropology journals that include book reviews.
    • Go to the Advanced Search and enter your search terms, narrow results by "Reviews", and filter for Anthropology journals.
  • Anthropology Book Forum is an open access journal, founded by the American Anthropological Association as an experimental prototype aimed at accelerating the scholarly book review process within anthropology.

Social Science Sources 

 General Book Review Sources

  • Choice

    Provides reviews for books and electronic resources of academic interest.