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Anthropology: Articles

Finding anthropology resources in the library and online.

Off-Campus Access

To login from off-campus, you will need your eServices username (w+student ID) and password. 

Suggested Search Terms


  • anthropology
  • archeology
  • biology
  • culture
  • early
  • ethnic
  • ethnography
  • evolution
  • forensic
  • humans
  • hunter gatherers
  • linguistic
  • prehistoric

Basic Search Tips


  • Put exact phrases in quotation marks
    • “biological anthropology”: will search for only resources that contain the phrase exactly as is


  • Put an asterisk (*) at the end of a word to search for all possible endings
    • anthropolog*: will search for resources containing anthropology, anthropological, etc.


  • Use operators to link ideas and narrow/broaden your search
    • evolution AND human: will require both to show up in a resource
    • “biological anthropology” OR “physical anthropology”: will search for both in all resources
    • forensics: NOT crime: will eliminate resources with the word followed by not in the results


The library subscribes to dozens of research databases, many of which contain useful articles about anthropology. The following are recommended by the library for this topic. JSTOR is the most frequently used by anthropology students (see advanced search tips at the bottom of this page). If the full-text of an article that you need is not available, you can request it through interlibrary loan


Scholarly (a.k.a. peer-reviewed or academic) articles are usually published in journals, a type of periodical (meaning it's published on a regular basis). The journals listed below can be found in the databases to the left, but you may want to search for articles in a specific journal. 

JSTOR Advanced Search Tips

Check the box “include only content I can access” in order to restrict results to only those that you can access through your ARC login. Under “narrow by,” narrow your results to full-length articles by checking the “articles” box; enter dates in the “date range” fields to restrict results to articles published within certain years; and/or if you only want articles from a particular journal or magazine available through JSTOR, you can enter the title of the publication in the “publication title” field. You can find a list of titles available on JSTOR at You can also narrow your results by subject by clicking boxes under “narrow by discipline and/or journal.” Be mindful of the fact that many topics may fall under multiple disciplines, so a good search strategy is to start broad and narrow it down as needed.