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. 

  • HOLLIS (some content  free / open access) 

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

A large and multidisciplinary collection of e-books primarily focused on the humanities and social sciences.

Articles / Review Articles

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

Searches review articles, including the Annual Review of Anthropology.

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. 

  • JSTOR (Harvard Key required) 

Searches many different types of publications across a variety of disciplines.  

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

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. 

Includes case studies, articles and other materials on research methods.

Images / Film

  • ARTstor (some content free / open access) 

Contains images from museums, libraries, and archives from all over the world. 

A large video streaming library of ethnographic films and documentaries. 

Contains images from over 130 museums from around the world.

Includes content from archives, museums, libraries, and other collections throughout Harvard University.

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) 

To find Anthro theses search for “Harvard University Department of Anthropology” as author. To find dissertations search for "Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences" as author with anthropology as a keyword.

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