Searching for resources
There are two key library catalogues you may use when studying at Cambridge:
- Girton Library catalogue (Heritage) – search Girton Library’s collection and see if items are available or already on loan. See our eGuide for further information.
- iDiscover – to search across the University’s print and electronic collections (including books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, articles and much more). Most, but not all, of Girton’s collection can be found here. See our iDiscover: eGuide for further information.
You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Library and the University Library and you may also wish to use the Haddon Library. However, there may be other libraries within Cambridge which stock useful resources. For a full list of the Cambridge libraries see the directory and check each library for access guidelines.
Search Spacefinder to find places of study outside of College.
For information on searching general databases and journals see our eGuide: Beyond books: finding articles and journals. To find links to specific databases and journals see the eresources and ejournals LibGuide. Relevant resources can also be found within subject LibGuides. Some key resources include:
Anthropology Plus Consists of Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index from the Royal Anthropological Institute. It provides extensive 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.
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) Contains bibliographic information from an international selection of publications (including over 2800 journals) in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology.
Archaeology Data Service An open access digital archive for archaeological research outputs.
British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography Bibliographic references – many with abstracts – covering all aspects of archaeology and the historic environment, and every chronological period, with a geographical focus on Britain and Ireland.
International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Fully revised and updated, the second edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, first published in 2001, offers a source of social and behavioral sciences reference material that is broader and deeper than any other. Available in both print and online editions, it comprises over 3,900 articles, commissioned by 71 Section Editors, and includes 90,000 bibliographic references as well as comprehensive name and subject indexes.
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research The world’s largest collection of digital social science data — a *data archive* of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, ageing, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.
Oxford Bibliographies: Anthropology An evaluative guide to books, journal articles and other types of publication in anthropology.
PHI’s programs in archaeology The Packard Humanities Institute programs in archaeology.
You can find most of the university’s ebooks via iDiscover. To understand what an ebook is, and what ebooks are available – read Introduction to ebooks. For help with searching for ebooks read Finding and using ebooks.
For information on searching for websites, see eGuide: Effective internet searching.
Introductions to using the web, aimed specifically at archaeology and anthropology students, are available from the Virtual Training Suite. The guides include useful links plus strategies for successful searching on the web.
Anthropology – www.vtstutorials.co.uk/tutorial/anthropology
Archaeology – www.vtstutorials.co.uk/tutorial/archaeology
One of the easiest ways to discover information of academic value on the internet is to use one of the many subject-related hubs or gateways:
Anthropology Resources on the internet – www.anthropologie.net
The ADS Library – www.archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/library
Ancient World Online (AWOL) A list of open-access journals in ancient studies.
Web of Science Access the world’s leading citation databases, with multidisciplinary information from over 18,000 high impact journals, over 180,000 conference proceedings, and over 80,000 books from around the world.
MEDLINE (ProQuest) A bibliographic database produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Anthropology Tutorials Includes 16 physical (biological) anthropology and 7 cultural (social) anthropology online tutorials.
Demographic Research A free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences. Published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.
University Archaeology UK Represents the departments of Archaeology in UK universities.