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eGuide: Archaeology and anthropology information sources (for HSPS students)

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 eGuide  for further information.

You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Main Library and the University Library. Your subject-specific library will be 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 within Cambridge.


Subject-specific bibliographic resources

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 combines 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.

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

Archaeology Data Service an open access digital archive for archaeological research outputs.

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, aging, 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

MEDLINE (ProQuest) A bibliographic database produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.


Finding ebooks

You can find most of the university's ebooks via iDiscover. To understand what an ebooks is, and what ebooks are available - read Introduction to ebooks. For help with searching for ebooks read Finding and using ebooks.

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Other Websites

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.

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:

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Help within College

Library staff can provide support and assistance. You can book an appointment with library staff, or, ask a question via JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING . The Colleges’ Fellow for Study Skills will also be able to help.

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Help within Cambridge

University of Cambridge training programmes
Eresources and Ejournals

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Last updated: December 2017 by Kasia Drabek