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This research guide has been designed to help students, faculty and researchers in Anthropology access and utilize relevant resources available through UBC Library.

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See the UBC Library Guide to Finding Articles. The guide shows you  how to search for a known article from a list or in course reserve, find articles on a topic, and what to do when UBC Library doesn't have the article you're looking for.

Core Databases

Journal articles are listed in article indexes and databases. Some of these just provide citations of articles, other provide citations and descriptive abstracts which summarize what the articles are about, while others provide full text. The most relevant indexes/databases for Anthropology are listed below.

  • Anthropology Plus
    The main index for Anthropology. Start here!
  • eHRAF World Cultures
    Full text ethnographic materials.
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
    Comprehensive critical reviews on topics in Anthropology. The reviews summarize a topic and guide you to the principal contributions of the field. Search the archives for your topic to see if a review has been written on your area of research.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online - Anthropology
    Overview articles for more than 180 topics in anthropology and archaeology. Each article includes citations to and contextualization of key works on a topic.

More Databases by Subdiscipline or Geography

Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    A research and reference resource in the communication and mass media fields. Indexes and abstracts over 800 journals, and includes access to 500 full text journals.
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
    The main article index for Linguistics. Indexes journals, books, technical reports, papers, dissertations, and book reviews in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences.
  • Sociology Collection
    Sociological Abstracts - indexes quite a number of anthropological journals


Medical Anthropology

  • MEDLINE (Ovid)
    Premier biomedical database with over 23 million journal articles in the life sciences. Similar to Pubmed in content, this OvidSP interface facilitates structured searching and allows editing of search histories.


By Geographic Area

  • Africa bibliography
    Indexes a wide range of material relating to Africa. Includes monographs, book chapters, journal articles and casual publications. Not restricted by language. Coverage extends back to the mid nineteen-eighties.
  • International African Bibliography
    An International and interdisciplinary specialist bibliography of African Studies providing electronic access to over 140,000 entries
  • ASTIS: Arctic science and technology information system
    Canadian Arctic studies; Covers all aspects of northern Canada and adjacent marine areas including geology, geomorphology and cold regions engineering.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    Use for anthropology of Asian countries. Covers western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia published since 1
  • Handbook of Latin American Studies
    Humanities and social sciences (including anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, women's studies, art, literature, music, philosophy)
  • Basque Database
    The Basque Database covers books, articles, chapters, dissertations, films and other materials on Basque Studies written or produced after 1994. The subject emphases are Basque history, language and culture.