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Subject: Anthropology databases

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Anthropology research guide

Anthropology titles

  • Abstracts in Anthropology   

    Anthropology indexing database that covers journal articles as well as full-text access to subscribed Baywood journals. On a MetaPress platform.

  • Academic Search Premier   

    Multidisciplinary indexing/full-text database that covers scholarly journal articles back to 1975. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • AccessScience   

    Science full-text reference database that covers encyclopedia articles, biographies, media, study aids and news sources. On a McGraw-Hill platform.

  • AM Explorer: Americana   

    Covers American history, literature and culture. Resources include manuscript and typescript letters, diaries, notebooks, journals, newspapers, plus incredible art works, illustrations, photographs, video and 360-degree objects.

  • America: History & Life   

    History indexing database that covers American and Canadian journal articles back to 1910. On the EBSCOhost platform. Access limited to 6 simultaneous users.

  • American Indian Experience   

    The American Indian Experience: The American Mosaic illuminates the historical and contemporary practices and tribulations of more than 150 Native American tribes from all regions of North America. Featuring articles and essays from Native American authors and contributors, it gives voice to the American Indian experience with respect to colonial conflict, trade economies, decisive wars, parsing of Native American land enabled by American policy, assimilation, and native claims to land, among other topics.

  • American Memory    UW login not required

    History full-text archive that reproduces print, spoken words, sound recordings, photos, films, prints, maps and sheet music from the Library of Congress collections. On the free American Memory platform. NOTE: Most of the original American Memory collections have been migrated to the Library of Congress Digital Collections site.

  • Anthropological Fieldwork Online   

    Fully indexed collection of primary-source documents relating to the fieldwork of prominent anthropologists of the early- and mid-twentieth century, including Bronislaw Malinowski, Victor Turner, Max Gluckman, and Ruth Benedict.

  • Anthropology Online   

    Anthropology Online brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over. Essential for study in the areas of politics, economics, history, psychology, environmental studies, religion, area studies, linguistics, and geography, the database will contain more than over 100,000 pages of full-text material at completion, including tens of thousands of pages of previously unpublished material from major archives.

  • Anthropology Plus   

    Anthropology database which provides indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • AnthroSource   

    Anthropology eJournal database that covers American Anthropological Association titles from their beginnings. On the Wiley platform.

  • Art Abstracts (H.W. Wilson)   

    Major art indexing database that covers journals, dissertations and art reproductions back to 1984. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • Arts & Humanities Database   

    The contents reflect the full interdisciplinarity of contemporary study in the arts and humanities, covering art, design, crafts, and photography; archaeology, anthropology, and classical studies; architecture, interior design, and urban planning; history, philosophy, geography, and religion; modern languages and literatures; and music, theatre, film, and cultural studies.

  • Australasian Literature: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands   

    Australasian Literature brings together creative works from throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Starting in the 1930s and spanning up to the present, these in-copyright fictional and poetry works will be cross-searchable for the first time. With 120,000 pages at completion, and enriched with interviews, Australasian Literature covers the fields of Literature, Creative Writing, Post-Colonial Studies, Immigration Studies, Social Studies, Anthropology, and more.

  • Biological Abstracts   

    Major biology indexing database that covers journal articles back to 1926. On the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Book Citation Index   

    Index to scholarly books with citation information in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Part of the Web of Science Core Collection on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • British Periodicals   

    Multidisciplinary full-text database that includes magazines from the late 17th century to the early 21st. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Caribbean Studies in Video: The Banyan Archive   

    Caribbean Studies in Video presents more than 1,000 hours of edited and unedited footage from the Banyan Production company, the first Caribbean enterprise to produce original TV content in the 1970s. Available for the first time in streaming format, their programs are filled with interviews of key personalities across disciplines; theater, music and dance performances; documentaries on rituals and cultural practices; political events and much more.

  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index   

    Index to conference proceedings in the sciences and social sciences. Part of the Web of Science Core Collection on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • CultureGrams   

    World culture reference database that provide information on all the countries of the world written at various reading levels. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Current Contents Connect   

    Database providing complete tables of contents, abstracts, and bibliographic information from the most recently published issues of leading scholarly journals. On the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Data Citation Index   

    Index of data studies and data sets in international repositories, covering social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences, and arts & humanities, with citation information. On the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Dictionary of American Regional English   

    The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is different from other dictionaries in that it does not include words that are commonly used throughout the United States, but rather focuses on the regional aspects of our language, documenting words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another. The digital edition features audio, interactive maps, and insights into the DARE Survey.

  • eHRAF Archaeology   

    Archaeology indexing/full-text database is a collection of articles and book information organized by ethnic groups and cultural aspects. On the HRAF platform.

  • eHRAF World Cultures   

    Anthropology indexing/full-text database that provides journal articles and books organized by ethnic groups and aspects of culture. On the HRAF platform.

  • Essential Science Indicators   

    Science research analysis database showing publication performance statistics and trends data based on journal article publication counts and citation data from Thomson Reuters databases. On the InCites platform.

  • Ethnographic Sound Archives   

    Database containing over 2,000 hours of previously unpublished historic field recordings from around the world, alongside their supporting field notes and ethnographers’ metadata, for the study of music in its cultural context. On the Alexander Street platform.

  • Ethnographic Video Online, Teaching Edition   

    Curriculum-aligned collection of videos and segments curated to support the teaching of introductory anthropology courses. Each video and segment within this collection is accompanied by a teaching guide providing background information, lesson plans, and class room exercises and activities. On the Alexander Street platform.

  • Ethnographic Video Online: Volumes 1-4   

    Streaming video collection including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork. Volumes 1 and 2: Foundational Films; Volume 3: Indigenous Voices; Volume 4: Selections from Ethnographic Film Festivals and Archives. On the Alexander Street platform.

  • Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings   

    Collection of ethnomusicological audio recordings, videos, field notebooks, journals, and photographs documenting various musical traditions around the world, drawn from the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive and the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • Family and Society Studies Worldwide   

    Major family and human development indexing database that covers journals, books, conference papers, theses and government documents back to 1970. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • Filmakers Library Online Volumes 1 & 2   

    Multidisciplinary video-streaming platform presenting award-winning documentaries and independent films. The collection contains 1,019 films and 806 hours of content. Transcripts are available for 87% of the collection. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Food and Drink in History   

    Primary source collection including printed and manuscript cookbooks, advertising ephemera, government reports, films, and illustrated content revealing the evolution of food and drink within everyday life and the public sphere. Includes materials from the 16th century to the early 21st century, sourced from institutions across the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • Food Studies Online   

    Food Studies Online provides researchers rich archival content, visual ephemera, monographs, and videos that explore how food shapes the world around us. Food studies is a relatively new field of study, but its importance is felt in many major disciplines. It has social, historical, economic, cultural, religious, and political implications that reach far beyond what is consumed at the dinner table.

  • Historic Map Works   

    Geography indexing/full-text database that includes property maps, antique and directories maps from 1500s to present. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Humanities Index   

    Humanities indexing database that covers journal, magazine and newspaper articles published in the UK and other English-speaking countries back to 1962. On the ProQuest platform.

  • JSTOR (Journal Storage Archive)   

    Multidisciplinary eJournal platform that provides complete back runs of journals in the following licensed collections: Arts & Sciences I-IV and VII, Life Sciences, Plant Sciences, Current Scholarship and Early Journal Content. On the JSTOR platform.

  • Library of Congress Digital Collections    UW login not required

    Gateway to over 300 digital collections maintained by the Library Of Congress including documents, photographs, motion pictures, sheet music, sound recordings, and more.

  • Meiji Japan   

    Historic full-text archive of Edward Sylvester Morse's notebooks, letters and drawings about Japan from 1877-1925. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • MLA International Bibliography   

    Major English and modern language indexing database that covers of journals, books and theses back to 1926. On the EBSCOhost platform as of January 2020.

  • North American Indian Thought and Culture   

    American Indian full-text archive that reproduces biographies, autobiographies, personal narratives, speeches, diaries, letters, oral histories and images from 17th to the 21st centuries. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Oxford Handbooks Online   

    Database of articles published in Oxford University Press handbooks. Full text available for select subject areas.

  • Oxford Reference   

    Multidisciplinary reference database that combines sources in archaeology, art, bilingual dictionaries, classical studies, English, history, law, linguistics, literature, media studies, medicine, music, performing arts, philosophy, quotations, religion, science and technology and social sciences. On the Oxford platform. Simultaneous user limit of 5.

  • Periodicals Index Online   

    Multidisciplinary indexing database that indexes journal articles from 1665 to 1995. On the Chadwyck-Healey platform.

  • Project Muse   

    Multidisciplinary ejournal and ebook platform that provides full-text of library-licensed journals and ebooks. On its own platform.

  • Sage Research Methods   

    Collection of books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos covering the full range of research methods used in the social and behavioral sciences, plus a wide range of methods commonly used in science, technology, medicine, and the humanities. Also includes interactive tools to assist in the planning of research projects and the exploration of methods.

  • Social Sciences Premium Collection   

    This collection provides access to databases covering the international literature in the social sciences, including politics, sociology, social services, anthropology, criminology and education. Featured databases include IBSS, PAIS and Sociological Abstracts. Together, they provide abstracts, indexing and full text coverage of journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, working papers and more, including deep indexing and full text from over 1000 important social science journals.

  • Web of Science (core collection)   

    Multidisciplinary indexing database that combines journal citation index databases in arts & humanities, social sciences and sciences, as well as conference proceedings and book citation indexes. The Current Chemical Reactions and Index Chemicus databases are also included in the Core Collection. All component databases can be searched separately as well.

  • Wiley Online Library   

    Multidisciplinary collection of library-licensed journals and ebooks published by Wiley and associated publishers.


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