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Anthropology and Archaeology

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, from other colleges, faculty and department libraries, and the University Library. Most, but not all, of Girton’s collection can be found here. See our Searching 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.

Subject-specific resources

You can find and search for databases that might help you on the Database A-Z LibGuide. However, some key resources for your subject 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 references 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.

Finding relevant material if you don't have a reading list

These databases below cover a very wide range of different resources and can be very helpful when you don't have a reading list, or when you're starting out. 

  • Anthropology Resources on the internet.
  • The ADS Library. The Library brings together bibliographic records and Open Access copies of published and unpublished documents relating to archaeology and heritage.
  • 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.


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