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Anthropology: Research Databases

Start your research using the best resources recommended by the subject librarian for anthropology. Here you’ll find the key indexes to the academic literature, full-text databases, and documentary film collections.

Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) - Ethnography & Archaeology

An extensive collection of ethnographies, cataloged in detail, mapping specialized subject codes to specific cultures and archaeological traditions. We have the older microfiche in the Jones Media Center, but many of the cultures have been included in the online collection (with new material added).

The system allows you to quickly identify relevant sections of books, but the formatting of both the microfiche & online versions is unfriendly.  I usually discover a title using HRAF, and then check the library catalog to see if we own a paper copy.

Additional Specialized Databases