These databases are good starting points for finding journal articles.
- The first two survey anthropology scholarship in depth.
- The third covers all subject areas and is especially good for a first look at cross-disciplinary studies.
These indexes are particularly good for accessing the scholarly literature of specific disciplines, giving the viewpoint and methodologies of practitioners in that field.
African Studies, use Africa-wide
Ecology, use GreenFILE
Ethnic groups in the United States, use Ethnic Newswatch
Gender, use GenderWatch
History in the United States, use America History and Life
Hispanic American Studies, use HAPI (Hispanic American Periodical Index)
Medicine, use PubMed
Political issues, use Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Psychology, use PsycINFO
Public Policy, use PolicyFile for reports from think tanks
Religion, use ATLA Religion Database
Sociology, use Sociological Abstracts
Women's Studies, use Women's Studies International
Once you have found citations to journal articles, use the Find It button to check for a copy in the tricolleges. If the journal is not available at Haverford, use the Find It Request via Interlibrary Loan option to ask for a digital copy of the article. It will be sent to your email address.
The Anthropology Review Database (ARD) is an excellent place to look for anthropology books on particular topics. The reviews posted provide both descriptive and evaluative information which will help you decide which books will be most helpful. You can choose to browse or search by using keywords (such as "gender" or Hawaii") or author names, for example.
Dissertations and Theses
Doctoral students go through an exhaustive literature search when writing their dissertations. They also tend to work on new questions, sometimes ones that have received very little attention from scholars before. You can obtain these dissertations and benefit from all the bibliographic treasues and new ideas.
Oxford Bibliographies Online
The Oxford Bibliographies Online present extensive annotated reading lists for topics in many different fields, with advice on key works, recent studies, and reference works. New essays are added twice a year.
Sections of the OBO include:
Finding Books through Tripod
Use the Tripod Library Catalog to look for relevant books owned by Haverford, Swarthmore, and Bryn Mawr.
The following suggested subject searches are only a sampling of possibilities. To find materials on a topic not listed below, try doing a keyword search in the Tripod Library Catalog to find relevant materials and then using the subject headings assigned to those materials to find more.
Subject Headings and Keywords Combined
Book-length ethnographies, closely observed descriptions of a particular cultural group, are sometimes difficult to find in library catalogs because there is no single term used by librarians. You can begin by combining the name of a cultural group or an identity with the keyword ethno* (for ethnography or ethnology) or with either of these phrases, "social life and customs" or "social conditions":
- "gender identity" ethno*
- (prisoner* OR offender*) (Subject) ("social life" OR ethno*) (Keyword)
- ("first generation" OR "low income") student* "social conditions"
An important place to look for many materials not owned by the Tri-College Libraries. This combined library catalog contains more than 300 million titles owned by libraries around the world. Many of these items are available to you though interlibrary loan.
Request items that are not available in Tripod on this page. Note that E-Z Borrow is the first place to look for books not in Tripod. It usually takes three days for E-Z Borrow books to arrive. Books not in E-Z Borrow can come from Interlibrary Loan (ILL) which may take as little as four or five days to arrive. For journal articles not available in the three colleges, use the Article Delivery form. They will be sent to your email address.