Background Information / Overviews

Searches review articles, including the Annual Review of Anthropology.

Articles that are written and reviewed by scholars, which provide an overview of a topic and an annotated bibliography.

Concise introductions to a diverse range of subjects. 

Books / Book Reviews

A good source for finding book reviews, both historical and current. 

A useful tool for searching within books and seeing book previews. 

Contains information about the many different types of items held in the Harvard Library.

Articles / Review Articles

A general-purpose database covering scholarly journals as well as more mainstream publications.

Searches the major literature, including journals, in anthropology and related fields. 

Searches journals published by the American Anthropological Association.

Searches many different types of publications across a variety of disciplines. Learn how to connect Google Scholar to your library access. 

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.

Indexes the world’s leading scholarly literature across the disciplines, with cited reference searching and filters that indicate markers of quality.

See all of the Harvard Library's databases. 

Ethnographies

Contains primary sources related to landmark ethnographies written by anthropologists like Bronislaw Malinowski and Ruth Benedict. 

Brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies.

A large video streaming library of ethnographic films and documentaries. 

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. 

Contains a variety of primary source materials on over 400 cultures. 

Data

Harvard's open online repository for sharing, preserving, citing, exploring, and analyzing research data.

A guide to international health data created by Harvard's data librarians. 

A guide to U.S. health data created by Harvard's data librarians.

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. 

Find dissertations and theses written by scholars from North American universities. Most post-1990 titles are available with full-text.