Databases for Anthropology

  • Databases can help you to trace journal articles and other publications in your subject area. Some databases give you direct access to e-journal articles. If there is not a full text link visible on the database, click on the Full Text Finder icon:  FTF logoIf the journal article is available online, this will provide a link to the article or the journal in which it appears. Other databases will provide you with a list of references to then follow up separately. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and passwordIf you would like further help with using these databases or finding sources for your assignments, contact your Anthropology Librarian, Katie Hambrook, email  khambrook@brookes.ac.uk.

    Anthropology databases

    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 .