• Additional Library resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic

    In addition to the e-content provided through the Library web site, many academic publishers are making additional e-resources available. Check this list  Library resources during COVID-19 pandemic for details. The list is being updated as more resources become available, so do check back regularly.

    LibrarySearch logo

    Use LibrarySearch to help you find the books and journal articles you'll need for your studies. 

    For more specific help, click on the relevant section below.

  • If you're a new user of the Oxford Brookes Library you might find the information on our webpage for new students useful.

    To help you make the best use of digital tools for study, employment and life whilst you're at Brookes, why not try our Digital Capabilities for Students module?

    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.

    Video guide to using LibrarySearch to find books
    Finding a book when you know the author/title - PDF
    Finding a book on a topic - PDF

    Books bought recently for anthropology

    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 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

    Study skills resources: links to books, websites and other resources that give support and advice on how to study effectively

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

    Citing references in your work and plagiarism: advice on correct referencing and avoiding plagiarism

    Library services for researchers - general web pages for staff and research students

    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

    Finding journals and journal articles for anthropology ( pdf or word)


    You can use LibrarySearch to find journal articles: type in your topic and then use the search tools menu to limit the format to article. Guide to finding journal articles on a topic using LibrarySearch - PDF.


    When you want to find more specialised and specific journal articles, you may want to try using a database. 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

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.


    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.
    • 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


    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.

    Preparing for exams: a list of books and other resources to help you get ready to tackle examinations

    The Library as a research tool for Anthropology students - this guide is aimed at pre-dissertation students, with advice on resources we offer to help you embark on your dissertation. You will need to login to access this guide.

    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 to discover where dissertations for each subject/course are held.

    Library guide on Evaluating web sources

    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

    • Japan Focus provides free access to articles and essays on various aspects of Japanese politics, society and culture
    • Japan Foundation
    • Web Japan a good resource for high quality statistical data on many diverse Japanese issues.