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Use this guide to find books, articles, databases, and other resources for research in Anthropology.

  Anthropology Databases

Article Tips

Remember to use only articles as specified by your professor in your work, for example, the author of any article you reference should be an anthropologist!

The articles you find on AnthroSource articles will usually be by anthropologists, but you should always double check. With the other databases listed (Anthropology Plus, etc), some articles are by anthropologists and some may not be, so remember to look.

How do I tell if an article is by an anthropologist?

There are some good ways to tell.

  • Many articles give the author's credentials on the first page of the article, either under the author's name or in the footnotes. You can always Google the authors as well: what else have they written, where do they work currently, etc.
  • And of course, the tone and language used in an article should be indicators to you. Does the author seem to be writing for other researchers in anthropology? Are they using discipline-specific language? If you're ever unsure, ask a librarian!


  General Databases


General databases are research databases that contain materials (articles, data sets, images, charts, and more) from a wide variety of publications that cover many different disciplines. Below are a few examples of Emory Libraries most popular multidisciplinary databases.
  Subject-Specific Databases


Since Emory Libraries have access to more than 1,000 research databases, sometimes it is easier to filter the databases by subject and choose a database based upon your research need. Simply do this by clicking on the "All Subjects" dropdown menu and click on a subject to narrow the results to the available databases that are within the selected discipline.


  How to Find: Articles

Click on the tabs in this section for a quick how-to on when and how to access both general multidisciplinary research databases and subject-specific databases.
  Watch the short tutorial video  to learn some quick tips and steps for searching the library's research databases.        


Academic journals are subject-specific and may focus on specific topics within a broader discipline. Because databases are more broadly focused, you may want to look at one of these subject-specific journals when doing research on your topic as well.


Notable journals in the field of anthropology include:

American Anthropologist

Annual Review of Anthropology

Anthropological Quarterly

Anthropology News

Cultural Anthropology

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)

Journal of Material Culture