Background Information

  • Annual Reviews  (Harvard Key required): Searches review articles, including the Annual Review of Anthropology.
  • Oxford Bibliographies (Harvard Key required): Articles that are written and reviewed by scholars, which provide an overview of a topic and an annotated bibliography.​
  • Very Short Introductions Online (Harvard Key required): Concise introductions to a diverse range of subjects. 

Books / Book Reviews

  • Anthropology Plus (Harvard Key required): A good source for finding book reviews, both historical and current. 
  • Google Books (some content  free / open access): A useful tool for searching within books and seeing book previews. 
  • HOLLIS (some content  free / open access): Contains information about the many different types of items held in the Harvard Library.​

Articles / Review Articles

  • Academic Search Premier (Harvard Key required): A general-purpose database covering scholarly journals as well as more mainstream publications.
  • Anthropology Plus (Harvard Key required): Searches the major literature, including journals, in anthropology and related fields. 
  • AnthroSource (Harvard Key required): Searches journals published by the American Anthropological Association.
  • Google Scholar (some content  free / open access): Searches many different types of publications across a variety of disciplines. Learn how to connect Google Scholar to your library access. ​
  • PsycINFO (Harvard Key required): The largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. Produced by the American Psychological Association.
  • PubMed (Harvard Key required): Search biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life-science journals, and online books.
  • Web of Science (Harvard Key required): Indexes the world’s leading scholarly literature across the disciplines, with cited reference searching and filters that indicate markers of quality.
  • View More: Harvard Library Databases Search Page: See all of the Harvard Library's databases. 


  • Anthropological Fieldwork Online (Harvard Key required): Contains primary sources related to landmark ethnographies written by anthropologists like Bronislaw Malinowski and Ruth Benedict. 
  • Anthropology Online (Harvard Key required): Brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies.
  • Ethnographic Video Online (Harvard Key required): A large video streaming library of ethnographic films and documentaries. 
  • Google Books (some content free / open access): A useful tool for searching within books. Once you find a book that you are interested in, check HOLLIS to see if Harvard owns it. When searching, include the terms ethnography or ethnographic. 
  • HOLLIS (some content free / open access): Contains information about the many different types of items held in the Harvard Library. When searching, include the terms ethnography or ethnographic. ​
  • HRAF World Cultures (Harvard Key required): Contains a variety of primary source materials on over 400 cultures. 


Dissertations / Theses

  • DASH (free / open access): Harvard's central, open-access repository for research by Harvard community members. Contains Harvard anthropology dissertations from 2012-present and some undergraduate theses.
  • HOLLIS (some content  free / open access): Find dissertations and theses written by scholars from Harvard. 
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (Harvard Key required): Find dissertations and theses written by scholars from North American universities. Most post-1990 titles are available with full-text.