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Anthropology: Articles

An introduction to finding resources in the library and online to assist with anthropology research.

Off-Campus Access

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

About Articles

Scholarly (a.k.a. peer-reviewed or academic) articles are found in journals, which publish issues containing new articles at regular periods (this is why journals are a type of periodical). Journals are organized online in databases, some of which are accessible for free on the web and others which require a fee. The library subscribes to dozens of scholarly databases, both general and subject-based, which students can access for free using their LRCCD login. If you are looking for resources in a specific field, going to a subject database will produce more relevant results. If you find an article that you would like to have but the full-text is not available, you can request it for free through interlibrary loan

Ideas for 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

Recommended Databases for Anthropology

JSTOR is the most frequently used database for anthropology; see advanced search tips at the bottom of this page. 

Types of Articles

The type of article you will want to use will depend on the nature of your research. However, scholarly, peer reviewed articles are the most common used in academic research.

Check out this video from Carnegie Vincent Library for an overview of the different types of articles. 

Recommended Journals

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.