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Anthropology Library Research Guide

Anthropology Databases

Anthropology Plus 1800+

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. Anthropology Plus combines Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and the Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK.

Annual Review of Anthropology 1972+

Comprehensive review of the literature in anthropology. Identifies major tends in the field as well as find general overviews of research in specific subject areas of anthropology.


Full text access to peer reviewed journals, newsletters and bulletins through a collaboration between the American Anthropological Association and the University of California Press.

Oxford Bibliographies: Anthropology

Detailed guide to anthropology.

Abstracts in Anthropology

Comprehensive coverage of significant, current scholarship in cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, & linguistics.

Anthropology Online

Featuring cross-searchable access to the acclaimed Ethnographic Video Online and Anthropology Online collections, Alexander Street Anthropology provides anthropologists, sociologists and cultural historians with an expansive and multifaceted survey of the discipline.

eHRAF World Cultures (aka Human Relations Area Files)

Full-text ethnography materials of the world's cultures. At present, eHRAF covers over 360 cultures. For more comprehensive treatment of world cultures use the HRAF microfiche collection in Microform Services (Microfiche 285). The collection of ethnography was produced on microfiche from 1950 to 1993. Two guides to the microfiche, Outline of World Cultures and Outline of Cultural Materials are available in Microforms Services (FilmB) GN345.3 .M87 1983.

eHRAF Archaeology 1930s+

Full-text database of cross-cultural materials on world-wide archaeological traditions

Other Library Databases

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Search Articles+ (not news)

Search Articles+ for scholarly content

An Intro to Articles+

Article Express

ArticleExpress is the Library’s electronic document delivery service available to current members of the Princeton University community. Journal articles, book chapters or selections, conference proceedings papers, and newspaper articles are available through ArticleExpress. The service offers electronic delivery of these materials in the shortest possible time.


Sage Research Methods Online

Human Relations Area Files on Microfiche

The entire HRAF Collection of Ethnography—an on-going project compiled over more than half a century—is an unparalleled source of information on world cultures. It currently contains over 900,000 original pages of robustly indexed information on 371 cultural, ethnic, religious, and national groups. With more than 3 million pages overall, representing all major regions of the world, this vast collection gathers together primary source materials on selected cultures or societies from published books, articles, unpublished manuscripts, and dissertations, as well as numerous translations into English. 

HRAF in microfiche provides more than three times the coverage provided by eHRAF. 

The microfiche collection is housed in Microform Services on C-floor in Firestone Library.  The call number to the collection is Microfiche 285.