Anthropological Resources

The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for the study of anthropology.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 



Atlas of Ancient Archaeology.  Jacquetta Hawkes.  Call number:  R913 Hawkes

Atlas of Human Evolution.  C. Loring Brace.  Call number:  573.3


Dictionary of Anthropology by Charles Winick.  Call number: REF 572.03 Winick


American Indian Religious Traditions:  An Encyclopedia.  Suzanne J. Crawford-O'Brien.  Call number:  R299.703.

Encyclopedia of Anthropology,  H. James Birx, Editor.  5 volumes.  Call number: REF 301.03 Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of American Folklife, Simon J. Bronner, Editor.  4 volumes.  Call number: R398.0973 v1-4.

Encyclopedia of Evolution,  Richard Milner.  Call number: R573.203 Mil

Encyclopedia of Evolution, Mark Pagel, Editor.  Call number: REF 576.803 Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Mexico:  History, Society and Culture, Michael S. Werner, Editor.  Call number:  REF 972.003   

Encyclopedia of Native American Religions:  An Introduction.  Call number:  REF 299.703 Hirschfelder. 

Encyclopedia of Religion, Lindsay Jones, Editor in Chief.  Call number:  R200.3 Encyclopedia.

Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes, Sharon Malinowski and Anna Sheets, Editors.  4 volumes.  Call 
      number: REF 973.0497 Gale v1-4.

Mexico:  An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Culture and History by Don Coerver, Suzanne Pasztor and Robert
     Bulfington.  Call number:  REF 972.082 Mexico

Oxford Encyclopedia of MesoAmerican Cultures.  3 volumes.  Call number:  REF 972.01 Oxford v1-3.


Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States:  Anthropology.  Call number: REF 973.0468 Handbook

Handbook of North American Indians.  Smithsonian Institution.  17 volumes. Call number: REF 970.00497 v1-17

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AcademicInfo:  Anthropology Gateway
Includes: digital publications, cultural & social anthropology, physical & biological anthropology, archaeology, Kennewick Man resources, as well as a listing of anthropology organizations.

American Folklife Center:  Ethnographic Resources related to Folklore, Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, and the Humanities
This extensive collection of Internet resources in anthropology, ethnomusicology, folklore and folklife is organized and maintained by the Library of Congress, American Folklife Center.  It is useful for beginning students and advanced scholars.  Included are general sources, associations, scholarly programs, grants and awards, archives and museums, and online journals.  The site also features Internet resources in mythology and indigenous people studies.

Anthropology Resources on the Internet
The American Anthropological Association site provides a list of major Internet resources in anthropology.  In addition to general sites, there are links to academic anthropology departments and a list of discussion groups.  See also the AAA homepage,

ARD - The Anthropology Review Database
The Anthropology Review Database "aims to produce a high quality, user-friendly resource that will aid scholars in keeping abreast of, and evaluating the quality of, the rapidly expanding literature in anthropology and its sister fields.  It is intended to improve the level of access of anthropologists to anthropological literature by making them more aware of what is being published and helping them to evaluate its relevance to their own interests. Unlike the more traditional print journals, ARD is not constrained by production deadlines and has few running costs. This gives ARD the ability to keep abreast of the production of new materials, and do so in a much more timely fashion than the traditional media. Envision an almost continous flow of information from publisher to reader, by way of this database.

Cultural Anthropology
CyberPursuits staff created this site originally in 1993 as the result of a research project.  The author completed her undergraduate work in anthropology.  Useful links can be found on this site.

National Anthropological Archives
"The National Anthropological Archives and Human Studies Film Archives collect and preserve historical and contemporary anthropological materials that document the world's cultures and the history of anthropology. Their collections represent the four fields of anthropology – ethnology, linguistics, archaeology, and physical anthropology – and include fieldnotes, journals, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, maps, sound recordings, film and video created by Smithsonian anthropologists and other preeminent scholars."

Native American Nations 
Last updated in 2008, this site contains links to pages that have either been set up by the nations themselves, or are pages devoted to a particular nation.  Included are both recognized and unrecognized tribes. 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
Founded in 1866, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology and houses one of the most comprehensive records of human cultural history in the Western Hemisphere.

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The Education and Exhibits link contains useful information for both students and teachers.  Resources include the oral history interviewing guide.  Online exhibitions bring  the Smithsonian's cultural research to a world wide audience.


American Anthropological Society

Society for American Archaeology

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