How to do research in Anthropology

Library resources for researchers working on Social Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Linguistic Anthropology


Topic-specific keywords will help improve your results in a general multidisciplinary database like Google, Google Scholar, HOLLIS, or Academic Search Premier

Add keywords like these to your search:

  • Ethnographic, ethnography
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology 
  • Combine with subject or region - anthropology AND education, archaeology AND Ireland


The best tool for your project may be a specialized search engine, also known as a database. These databases are subject-specific or format-specific search tools:

Anthropology Plus (via HarvardKey) --  The top database for scholarship in this field, with content from the 18th century to present day. 

Anthro Source (via HarvardKey) -- The best place to search publications from the American Anthropological Association (one of the major associations in this field). 

Dig Deeper

The Harvard Library Anthropology Research Guide provides further resources and tools on this topic.

Databases for Anthropology and Archaeology - explore the full list of Harvard Library databases in this subject category.


Susan Gilman, the library liaison for Anthropology, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultation.

Featured Collection

Harvard’s Tozzer Library offers anthropology and archaeology collections that are some of the most comprehensive in the world.

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