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Anthropology Research Guide: Home
This guide represents selected and electronic resources in anthropology at the ZSR Library.
This research guide is intended to help students in a broad range of Anthropology courses. If you run into any obstacles, please do not hesitate to contact me. ~ Carolyn McCallum
Finding Background Information on One's Research Topic
Anthropology Encyclopedias & Reference Works
Subject specific encyclopedias are a good starting point for researching a topic. Articles in subject specific encyclopedias are typically written by scholars or experts in the field. Using them at the beginning of one's research can help in determining key terms to use in searching the library's catalog and databases. A bibliography containing citations for books and/or journal articles can often be found at the end of articles in subject specific encyclopedias, and these citations can be used to identify other sources on one's topic.
A cross-cultural database containing descriptive information on cultures and ethnic groups from around the world. Includes citations, abstracts, and full text of ethnographic and other materials, indexed by culture and subject. Information is drawn from books, dissertations, conference papers, and journal articles.
A full-text database of archived issues of academic journals. Since JSTOR is a backfiles project, a typical coverage range is the beginning of a journal until three or five years ago. Includes many Anthropology journals.
Database offers indexing and full text for hundreds of academic journals, providing extensive coverage across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work and sociology.
Covers the international literature of sociology and social work, including relevant titles from related fields such as social policy, social care, social services, social anthropology, gender studies, gerontology, social psychology and population studies.
Contains three ISI Citation Databases (Science Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index), plus Biological Abstracts, MEDLINE (PubMed), and the SciELO Citation Index, which together index over 8,000 peer-reviewed journals. Provides bibliographic data, author abstracts, and cited references. Useful for searching databases for articles that cite a known author or work. Citation searching also allows a researcher to use a given work as a subject term in order to identify more recent articles about the same topic.
Locating Journals in the Library
To identify which journals the library receives and where they are located, check the Find a Journal (Print and Electronic) page. Current periodicals are arranged by title in the Reference area. Older issues are assigned a call number and are shelved in the stacks.
Note: If the library catalog states that an item is in Off-Site Shelving, ask for it at the Circulation Desk.
REMEMBER: If we do not have the particular book or journal article you're looking for, we may be able to get it from another library through our interlibrary loan network. Go to ILL to request an item. This service is available only to Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff.