Databases for Anthropology

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A comprehensive database of abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.
Online access to materials from the archives of folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, including rare and unique sound recordings, videos, and photographs.
Article-length reviews of topics in the academic literature in anthropology.
Article-length reviews of topics in the academic literature on law and the social sciences.
Anthropological Fieldwork Online is a primary-source database that unfolds the historical development of anthropology from a global perspective—with archival collections from North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific — including key field notebooks, images, and recordings from major scholars in anthropology from the early- to mid-20th century.
AnthropologyPlus (Early 1800 - Present)
Combines the two major anthropology literature databases, Anthropological Literature (U.S.) and Anthropological Index (U.K.). Indexes journal articles and other academic publications owned by Harvard's Tozzer Library and the Royal Anthropological Institute.
AnthroSource (1888 - Present)
Searchable digital collection of publications of the American Anthropological Association.
Includes the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion as well as content from other electronic books and journals related to dress and fashion.  Also includes images from V&A Museum's internationally renowned fashion collection and other sources.
Bibliography of Native North Americans (16th Century - Present)
Books and journal literature on all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life.
Indexes more than 50,000 critical titles in the social sciences and humanities from 2005 to present.  Books are connected to the greater citation indexes for the sciences.
China Data Online (1982 - Present) data source
Official Chinese government statistics at city, county, provincial, and national levels.
Communication Source (1905 - Present)
Indexes articles in academic journals and trade magazines in communications and mass media. Full text articles for many sources.
Citation index of conference proceedings in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Summaries and primary documents on prehistoric cultures, searchable by region, country, and cultural characteristics.
Provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary reference guide to concepts in semiotics, sign theory, and cultural studies.
English translations of news releases and articles from most countries. For current content, see World News Connection.
Comprehensive overview of musical traditions worldwide.
JSTOR (1800 - Varies)
Full text archive of selected core scholarly journals in various disciplines. All parts of the journals are scanned, including any images.
Full-text articles from Latin American newspapers covering the years 1805-1922, including titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.
Millions of full-text, fully searchable pages of primary source material covering a wide range of topics. Includes books, pamphlets, essays, photographs, newspapers, letters, maps, sheet music and more.
Cross-disciplinary database that provides indexing and abstracts for 21,000 journals, with full text for many titles. A good starting place for beginning research and quickly finding full text articles for a variety of topics.
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
The first large-scale collection of methodological case studies, SAGE Research Methods Cases provides real-life examples of how research is actually conducted to help users grasp methods concepts that can often be theoretical or abstract.
Social Explorer (1790 - Present) data source
Social Explorer provides easy access to demographic information about the United States, from 1790 to present.
Social Sciences Abstracts (1983 - Present)
Articles from major English language journals in the social sciences.
Abstracts and citation searching of articles from high-impact academic journals in the social sciences.
Sociological Abstracts (1952 - Present)
Abstracts of scholarly journal articles, books, reviews, and conference papers.
World News Connection (1996 - 2013)
English translations of news releases and articles from most countries. For earlier content see Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports.