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ANT 410: Anthropological Methods

How to find background information

Use reference sources to get ideas for topics, to get background information, and to guide you to additional information.
Dictionary of Anthropology
Ref GN 307 .D485 1997
300 entries on all aspects of anthropology.

Dictionary of Concepts in Cultural Anthropology
Ref GN 307 .W56 1991
Brief substantive discussions of significant concepts.

Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology
Ref GN 307 .E52 1996
4 volume set with essays on topics such as adolescece, alcohol and drugs, crime, market and tourism.

Outline of World Cultures
Ref GN 345.3 .M87 1983
A subject guide to the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF), which the library owns on microfiche. Recent additions (1990+) are available online at

Marriage, family and relationships: a cross-cultural encyclopedia
Ref GN 480.B76 1994

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
Ref E184 .A1 G14 2000

Encyclopedia of Sociology
Ref HM 17 .C5 1992
Contains lengthy essays on the major topics and concepts in sociology. Includes essays on major anthropological concepts (such as "Cross-cultural Analysis") and various religious topics. A selective bibliography is appended to each article.

How to find books

Select Library Catalog from the Library web page.

How To Find Journal and Newspaper Articles

Available from the Library web page under Indexes and Article Collections. Browse the entire list to find databases relevant to your particular topic. The databases listed below are most likely to be useful:
Anthropology Plus
Provides extensive worldwide 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. Covers over 2500 journals, 19th century to the present. Updated quarterly.

Human Relations Area Files Online (HRAF Online)
A collection of ethnographic texts arranged by culture and subject.

Connections to newspaper articles, business information, and legal resources.

Social Sciences Full Text
Indexes over 300 English-language periodicals covering anthropology, economics, psychology, social work, sociology, and related fields. Covers 1983 to the present.

Science Citation Index (Web of Science)
Key index to articles from major journals in all areas of science and technology. Use to find other articles citing a specific article (footnotes in reverse). Covers 1991 to the present.

Sociological Abstracts
Full version comprehensive database of over 1500 journals covering sociology, social work, and other social sciences. Covers 1963 to the present.

Wilson Select Plus
Contains full-text articles from 800 periodicals. Covers 1994 to the present.

**Available near the Reference Desk, these print indexes cover more years than the online databases or provide additional information.
Abstracts in Anthropology
Ref Index Z5112 .A15

New York Times Index
Ref AI21 .N44
Covering the years 1851 through 1991, this set is housed in the Library's Reference Room.

How to get articles and books

Search for journals owned by F&M:
Click on the Journals at F&M box on the Library web page, and then enter the name of the journal.

Full text online:
Interlibrary Loan for books and articles:
Form available from Library web page. You will need the barcode number from your ID card. Be THOROUGH in the information you provide. If you are unsure of any citation information, please indicate in "Comments" field. Also, please include source of the citation whenever possible. Allow two weeks for delivery, some items may arrive sooner.

Citation Guides

Click on the box How to Cite, Search, etc. on the library homepage for information on citation styles and advice on how to evaluate print resources and web sites.

If you have any questions about choosing a topic, or using the above resources, you may stop at the Reference Desk, or contact the librarian below:

Last updated: 12/31/03 ag, contact Pam Snelson for assistance, 291-3896