Anthropology subject guide

 

 

Finding journal articles

Databases help you find journal articles and other relevant material for your essays or research. Some services find data on specific disciplines or subject areas, others index only certain types of publications.

Databases usually give you the reference only, but most provide a 'Full text' button to link to the article if the University has a subscription.

Below is a selection of the most useful databases for Anthropology. Please search the Library catalogue (choose 'Journal search') or journals database for specific journal titles.

Subject specific databases

Database Description
Academic Search Complete Mixed full text and bibliographic service for all subjects
Anthropological Index Based on the journal holdings of the Anthropology Library at the British Museum (Museum of Mankind), this covers journal literature from around the world from the late 1950s to the present.
AnthroSource Searchable full-text e-journals related to anthropology, some going back as far as 1888.
BIAB (British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography) Free access to ca 200,000 records, covering publications from 1695 onwards
BioOne Access to biological, ecological and environmental journals. Full text articles only available from BioOne.1 - go to Browse and select 'By Collection'.
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) Access point to over 2,400 Open Access (OA) journals. OA journals are mainly academic journals that make their contents freely available online. Many are fully peer-reviewed.
eHRAF (Human Relations Area Files) Full text multi-cultural database.
Film Indexes Online
Combined access to:
  • AFI Catalogue (American Film Institute)
  • Film Indexes International (FII)
  • International Index to Film Periodicals Plus
Google Scholar (Kent link) Indexes academic articles, books, preprints, etc, from a wide range of sources and includes citation links. Note: not all items indexed are freely available in full text.
GreenFILE Covers all aspects of human impact on the environment in scholarly, government and general-interest titles
IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) Coverage starts in 1951 and has a UK and European bias. The core disciplines indexed are economics, sociology, politics and anthropology. IBSS provides access to full text from JSTOR, where available.
JSTOR Access to archives of online journals from their first issues up to a moving wall in the recent past. The University currently subscribes to over 570 titles, spread across three collections. More about JSTOR
PrimateLit Bibliographic database for primatology
PsycINFO Index to psychological literature from 1806 to the present. You can download a pdf guide to using PsycINFO.
Social Science Citation Index Online, available via Web of Science Indexes over 8,000 journals across all subjects and starts coverage in 1970. The index is divided into 3 sections, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.
SCOPUS
Click Login (top right), then Other Institution login, then choose 'UK Access Management Federation' from the drop down list, then click University of Kent.
SCOPUS is a large and important abstract and citation database. It provides extensive cover of scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature and includes arts & humanities information.
Zetoc Online Current awareness service from the British Library. The service includes searchable details of 20,000 journal titles and 16,000 conference proceedings covering all subject areas from 1993 onwards. Personal current awareness services based on table of contents information from individually selected journal titles are also available.

 

 

 

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Databases

Indexing databases list what is available globally, and not all items may be available at Kent. If an item you want to see does not have a link to the full text, search for the item via the Library catalogue (choose 'Journal search') or the journals database.

If the item is not available at Kent, the document delivery service may be able to get it for you from another library.

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Last Updated: 22/08/2014