Anthropology

  • Find all our books and electronic books using LibrarySearch (the search box on the Library homepage).  Search and then select Book from the Search tools menu on the left.  You can further limit your search to eBook if you only want electronic books.  More information about our electronic books can be found on the Finding e-books webpage.

    Use the shelfmarks below to find where books on particular aspects of anthropology are kept in the Library

    Age, gender, class  305 
    Animals - farming, zoos  636 
    Anthropology (general textbooks)  301 
    Archaeology  930-939 
    Cultural anthropology, anthropologies of specific countries  306 
    Cultural anthropology and ethnographies  301.21 
    Environment, conservation 333.7 
    Family and kinship  306.8 
    Food, language, art, leisure  306.4 
    Genetics  575 
    Human ecology, population, migration  304 
    Palaeontology, evolution  560-569 
    Physical anthropology, human evolution  599.9 
    Primates  599.8 
    Race and ethnic groups, ethnographic methods  305.8 
    Religion (non-Christian)  291-299 
    Sexuality 306.7 
    Social science research methods  300 
    Urban and rural societies  307 
    Wildlife conservation  639.9 
    Work  306.3 

     

    The vast majority of modules will have a reading list, created by the module leader.  Find the reading list in the top right corner of the module on Moodle, or you can search by module name or number on the reading list homepage.   Reading lists are interactive: click on the blue online resource button to be taken straight to the ebook, webpage, article or audiovisual resource, and login to make your own notes on the readings.  Why not watch our videos which will help you get the most out of your reading list?

    Ethnographies: a reading list with a selection of ethnographies available in the Library

    Databases are the academic equivalent of Google and other search engines.  Searching a database will help you find journal articles (and sometimes books, book chapters, reports and other published materials) that are scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed, and suitable for your assignments and research.

    Key databases

    • Anthropological Index - this specialist anthropology index lists references to journal articles in all branches of anthropology. It is possible to search for journal articles on specific places and ethnic groups. 
    • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences - covers all aspects of anthropology. It includes references to books and links to online journal articles.
    • JSTOR - an archive of full-text articles from a wide range of academic journals including anthropology. JSTOR does not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old but is useful for older journal articles.
    • Web of Science - a multidisciplinary database that is particularly useful for primate conservation and related subjects (guide to  searching Web of Science). The default settings search the Web of Science Core Collection; select All Databases to include BIOSIS Citation Index (a large life sciences database). Web of Science includes links to online journal articles. 

    Social and Cultural Anthropology - other databases that may be useful

    • Academic Search Complete - a multi-disciplinary database which includes anthropology journals; many articles are full text.
    • ARTStor - an image database, covering a broad range of subjects including art, architecture, religion, anthropology, literature, and history. 
    • PsycINFO - a broad based psychology database, coverage includes anthropology and related disciplines and includes abstracts of books, journal articles and dissertations.
    • Sociological Abstracts - covers a broad range of subjects including aspects of social anthropology, includes bibliographical references and abstracts (from journals) and links to useful web sites. 

    Physical Anthropology - other databases that may be useful

    • Academic Search Complete - a multi-disciplinary database which includes anthropology journals; many articles are full text.
    • Google Scholar contains bibliographic records and sometimes links to an external website where you may, or may not, be able to get the full text of the information source through Oxford Brookes University Library subscriptions. Google Scholar does not have the advanced features of some bibliographic databases (like Web of Knowledge) but you may use the Advanced Scholar Search to restrict your results to the information sources that are most relevant to your topic.  Guide: How to use Google Scholar - includes how to set up Google Scholar to link more effectively to Oxford Brookes University Library subscriptions. 
    • PrimateLit - provides bibliographic details of the literature on nonhuman primates. Coverage of the database spans 1940 to 2010 and includes articles, books, abstracts, technical reports, dissertations, book chapters.
    • PsycINFO - a broad based psychology database, coverage includes anthropology and related disciplines and includes abstracts of books, journal articles and dissertations.
    • PubMed - extensive medical, biomedical and nursing database. 

    General databases

    • Box of Broadcasts (BoB)  gives you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes. It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database.  
      Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password. First-time users will be prompted to register. You can search for programmes already recorded, view the programme guide and also search for playlists and create your own. 
    • Factiva - International news database providing an archive of 10000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages. Leading national newspapers, local newspapers, trade and professional journals, the BBC Monitoring Service (transcripts of world radio broadcasts) and company's financial details are all included. (  Guide to searching)  
    • LexisLibrary - a database primarily for law resources, it also has full-text access to UK national and regional newspapers. (  Guide to searching)                 
    • ZETOC - British Library's electronic table of contents. Covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings in publishing, science, technology, business, law, finance and the humanities. Provides bibliographical references to journal articles  .

     

    Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of resources using Harvard and other referencing styles. It also gives guidance on how to avoid plagiarism.

    Citing references in your work and plagiarism

    Library printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system ( Word or PDF)

    EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies

    Teach yourself: library guides, 'how to' videos and literature searching

    2015-2016 onwards: These are available for download by Brookes students and staff from the Past Examination Papers collection on RADAR.

    When on RADAR, log in, then select Search, enter the module name or number and limit your search to Examination papers.

    Earlier years: Printed copies are available in the Library - at Headington (Short Loan area, Level 1), Harcourt Hill (Quick Reference) and Wheatley (Short Loan).

    Please note that some exam papers are not available because they have been prohibited from publication. In particular, there are no copies of any exam papers which contain multiple choice questions.

    Bodleian Library access - dissertation students are able to use the Bodleian Library if the Bodleian has materials you need which are not held by the Oxford Brookes Library.  The Bodleian Library catalogue, SOLO, is freely available to search.  You should contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you think you need to use the Bodleian.  Read the guide Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library first, then visit the Library to obtain an application form.

    Interlibrary loans - use the interlibrary loans service to request books, articles and other publications which the Library doesn't stock.

    Referencing - here you'll find lots of useful information about referencing, including Cite Them Right Online and the Library guide to Brookes Harvard referencing.

    EndNote reference management software - EndNote is software that helps you collect and organize your references, and then insert them automatically into Word documents.

    Finding previous dissertations - use the Dissertations Location List (Word or PDF) to discover where dissertations for each subject/course are held.

    Library guide on Evaluating web sources ( Word or PDF)

    This tutorial offers practical guidance and tips on searching and evaluating the Internet effectively:  Virtual Training Suite - Anthropology tutorial.

    Anthropology organisations 

     

    Libraries and museums 

    Japan sites