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Anthropology Research Guide

Anthropology Research: Introduction

This main Anthropology Research page provides an overview of resources that can be used to become familiar with the history, theory, and practice of Anthropology.

Specific guides are listed in the side menu for starting your library research or  literature review in more specific areas of Anthropology, such as the main four fields of the discipline:

  • Archaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology

For remote login to the Library's electronic resources, see our instructions for Off-Campus Access.

Remember to talk about your project with your instructor in the Anthropology Department!

Anthropology & Anthropologists: Overview

Here you can sample some resources that discuss what Anthropology is, its history and theories, and the kinds of careers and professions that Anthropologists and in. You can find more information by searching the other resources listed below.

Reference Essays (from Encyclopedias & Dictionaries)

Subject encyclopedias and other reference guides can provide good background information on a topic. Many reference books are in printed format, while others are available in electronic resource collections such as:

Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Oxford Reference

Scholarly Books

Search for printed and electronic scholarly books at QC and other CUNY libraries.
Search for scholarly books in the national catalog for the United States and Canada. Includes holdings from libraries in other parts of the world, primarily European or English-speaking.

Scholarly Journal Articles (Search Databases)

What is a scholarly journal article?

A scholarly journal article is written by a scholar or an expert, and provides a detailed analysis of a topic. It is written in the specialized language of a scholarly discipline (such as Philosophy). It documents the resources the writer used by providing bibliographic citations such as footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography so a reader can check or repeat the research the scholar has completed.

A scholarly journal is edited by scholars, and any article published in the journal has usually been approved by the author's peers or by referees (other scholars expert in the subject who serve as editors or readers and critique the article before it is accepted for publication). This is why most scholarly journals are referred to as a Peer-Reviewed or Refereed journals. Here is a comparison between popular and scholarly periodicals. There are usually several databases that can be used to search for journal articles on a topic.