Justice for the Landless, from Jan Satyagraha, India (2012). via Wikimedia Commons

Research Guide

Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective research in Anthropology.

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These databases offer access to articles, books, and other anthropological texts.

Anthropology Plus features articles, reports, commentary, and edited works in social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies from 19th century to the present. EBSCO search. 

AnthroSource contains archived issues of the American Anthropological Association’s journals, newsletters, and bulletins, from the 20th century-present.

EBSCO features several databases that index and abstract content from anthropological journals, including many with full text coverage. Search all EBSCO databases at once for comprehensive coverage, or combine selected ones:

JSTOR includes page images of key scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, including many articles by anthropologists. Coverage spans the late 19th century to the present.

ProQuest features several databases that index and abstract content from anthropological journals, including many with full text coverage. Search all ProQuest databases at once for comprehensive coverage, or combine selected ones:


eHRAF World Cultures features full text ethnographies organized into cultures and ethnic groups, and subject indexed at the paragraph level.  

Ethnographic Video Online and Anthropology Online offers access to classic and contemporary ethnographic documentaries in streaming video. Thematic areas include language and culture, food and foraging, economic systems, social stratification and status, caste systems and slavery, male and female roles, kinship and families, political organization, conflict and conflict resolution, religion and magic, music and the arts, culture and personality, and sex, gender, and family roles. An Alexander Street Anthropology database.

Finding Books and Media Materials

CLIO provides access to the vast resources of the Columbia University Libraries, including Barnard Library, but excluding Teachers College and the Law Library. Search the Catalog for book and media materials.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) catalog searches the circulating and non-circulating research collections at the NYPL.

WorldCat searches libraries worldwide. If a title isn't available via Columbia University Libraries, you may request it via Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan.


Familiarize yourself with core concepts.

Companion Encyclopedia of Anthropology features essay-style articles on anthropology divided into three sections: Humanity, Culture, and Social Life.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology (through CREDO) comprises entries on anthropological theory and ethnography, biographies of key figures in the discipline, and bibliographies for further research.

Oxford Dictionary of the Social Sciences contains concise definitions of key concepts and movements in the social sciences.

Archaeology Resources

eHRAF Archaeology features subject-indexed full text journal articles, books, and dissertations on archaeology from around the world.

Fasti Online is a searchable database of archaeological sites since 2000.

Fieldwork and Writing Resources

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) no longer produces a style guide. AAA style now adheres fully to the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Date).

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): Conducting Primary Research

Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches covers concepts and practices in Anthropology and related social sciences. 

A Student's Guide to Reading and Writing in Social Anthropology from the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

Zotero is a free cloud-based tool that allows users to quickly and easily collect, organize, format, and share bibliographic citations. For more support in installing and using Zotero, consult the Barnard Library Zotero guide

Last updated November 12, 2015

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