Anthropology & Archaeology Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on anthropology and archaeology


JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection - anthropology, archaeology, and other social sciences

MLA Bibliography - includes anthropology and archaeology journals

Sage Journals - social sciences

Science Direct (Elsevier) peer-reviewed journals in science and social science

Social Sciences Abstracts - anthropology and other social sciences

Sociological Abstracts - sociology

SpringerLink Journals - includes social sciences

Wiley Interscience - peer-reviewed journals in life, physical, and social sciences (includes biological anthropology journals)

Video databases:

Ethnographic Video Online - ethnographic field recordings and documentaries on human culture and behavior

Indigenous Cinema - films by indigenous directors, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Others to consider:

Annual Review of Anthropology Backfile - review articles synthesizing the literature of anthropology; does not include last five years

Google Scholar - indexes a large proportion of the scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas

See also

Distinguishing scholarly journals from other periodicals

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Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

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Check here for a quick list of books on:

Anthropological/Ethnographic field work

Archaeological methodology

Anthropologists and archaeologists

California missions

Educational anthropology

Environment and anthropology

Ethnographic case studies

Forensic anthropology

Human remains (archaeology)

Books at other libraries

In the OneSearch box, select "Books & Media (all CSU)" to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

Use WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.

Use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books from other libraries.

Reference books

Anthropology encyclopedias and dictionaries

Archaeology encyclopedias and dictionaries

Search anthropology and archaeology encyclopedias



American Anthropological Association

Anthropological Theories - Practical guide to anthropological theories written by students at the University of Alabama

Smithsonian Institution's Anthropology Department


California Missions Foundation

Society for American Archaeology

See also

Evaluating websites and Internet resources

How to cite print and electronic sources


Anthropological theory

Reference Books (overviews):

McGee R. J. & Warms R. L. (Eds.), (2013). Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Reference.

Theories in Anthropology. (2010). In H. J. Birx (Ed.),21st Century Reference Series. 21st Century Anthropology (Vol. 1, p.441). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Books at CSUMB:

Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History, by R. Jon McGee and Richard L. Warms, 2008

The Anthropology of Development and Globalization: From Classical Political Economy to Contemporary Neoliberalism, by Marc Edelman and Angelique Haugerud, 2004

Anthropology: Theoretical Practice in Culture and Society, by Michael Herzfeld, 2001

Understanding Cultures: Perspectives in Anthropology and Social Theory, by Robert C. Ulin, 2001

Theories of Culture in Postmodern Times, by Marvin Harris, 1999

A History of Anthropological Theory, by Paul Erickson, 1998

Anthropology: A Student's Guide to Theory and Method, by Stanley R. Barrett, 1996

Feminism and Anthropology, by Henrietta L. Moore, 1988

Structural Anthropology, by Claude Levi-Strauss, 1983


Anthropological Theories - Guides to anthropological theories and approaches; provided by the Dept. of Anthropology, University of Alabama.

Archaeological theory

Books at CSUMB:

Archaeological Theory: An Introduction, by Matthew Johnson, 2010

Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: The New Pragmatism, by Robert Preucel, 2010

Handbook of Gender in Archaeology, by Sarah M. Nelson, 2006

Contemporary Archaeology in Theory, edited by Robert Preucel and Ian Hodder, 1996

Darwinian Archaeologies, edited by Herbert D. G. Maschner, 1996

Evolutionary Archaeology: Theory and Application, edited by Michael J. O'Brien, 1996

Behavioral Archaeology: First Principles, by Michael Brian Schiffer, 1995

Archaeological Thought in America, edited by C.C. Lamberg-Karlovsky, 1989

Reference Book:

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Recommended Articles:

Hegmon, Michelle. "Setting Theoretical Egos Aside: Issues and Theory in North American Archaeology." American Antiquity 68 (2003): 213-243.

Watkins, Joe. "Beyond the Margin: American Indians, First Nations, and Archaeology in North America." American Antiquity 68 (2003): 273-285.

Citing your sources

APA (American Psychological Association) citation style

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (book)

APA Style (APA website)

Using APA Format (Purdue U. Online Writing Lab) (website)

Chicago citation style

Chicago Manual of Style (book)

Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition (Purdue U. Online Writing Lab) (website)

MLA (Modern Language Association) citation style

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (book)

Using MLA Format (Purdue U. Online Writing Lab) (website)

MLA Style FAQ (MLA website)

Databases with citation formatting

Many of the Library's databases offer automatic citation formatting tools for APA, MLA and other citation styles.

The automatic formatting tools are not always 100% accurate, so check your results carefully. If you are in doubt, compare your results with examples from the most recent version of the appropriate style manual.

Citation wizards

Citation Machine- for MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago

NoodleBib - APA, MLA, Chicago

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