Skip to main content

We are still offering consultation services during the COVID-19 move to online instruction. Please feel free to reach out for virtual appointments! For more information on library services and resources, please click here.

Anthropology: Reference Tools

A guide to print and online resources in anthropology

Collections from HRAF

Open Access--no user name/password required. Open Access--no user name/password required.

Click on the graphic above to see a database with over 100 years of research from the Human Relations Area Files, including Topical Summaries.
Click on the graphic for the online course is a brief introduction to the world of ethnography-based cross-cultural research. 

Reference ebooks

A selection of print and online reference sources.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries on the Web

African Pygmies, "a website dedicated to the hunter-gatherer peoples living in the Central African rainforests, commonly called pygmies."

American Anthropological Association Style Guide 

Encyclopaedia of Islam (Brill)

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences --IBSS

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2d edition  -- Use the publication search box to find articles related to Anthropology. 

Osford Bibliographies provide annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia for the a number disciplines, including Anthropology, Atlantic History, Public Health, Sociology.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America

The Scout Report is a current awareness service updated weekly at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. This respected resource provides up-to-date information about research tools and webpages. Their Selection Critera, shows their guidelines for evaluating webpages.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) is a useful starting point for reviewing concepts, with articles on colonialism, African philosophy, and race written by authorities on those subjects.

Anthropology Materials by Call Number

GN1-890 Anthropology
GN49-298 Physical anthropology. Somatology
      GN51-59 Anthropometry
      GN62.8-265 Human variation i
ncluding growth, physical form, skeleton, nervous system, skin, etc. 
GN269-279 Race (General) 
      GN280.7 Man as an animal. Simian traits versus human traits 
      GN281-289 Human evolution 
      GN282-286.7 Fossil man. Human paleontology 
      GN296-296.5 Medical anthropology 
      GN301-674 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology 
      GN357-367 Culture and cultural processes
Including social change, structuralism, diffusion, etc. 
      GN378-396 Collected ethnographies 
      GN397-397.7 Applied anthropology 
      GN406-517 Cultural traits, customs, and institutions 
      GN406-442 Technology. Material culture 
Including food, shelter, fire, tools, etc.
      GN448-450.8 Economic organization. Economic anthropology
      GN451-477.7 Intellectual life
Including communication, recreation, philosophy, religion, knowledge, etc.
      GN478-491.7 Social organization
      GN492-495.2 Political organization. Political anthropology
      GN495.4-498 Societal groups, ethnocentrism, diplomacy, warfare, etc.
      GN502-517 Psychological anthropology
      GN537-674 Ethnic groups and races
      GN550-674 By region or country
      GN700-890 Prehistoric archaeology