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Anthropology: Overview

This guide is intended to help students and researchers locate resources for research in anthropology. It is subdivided according to the tracks by which the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Anthropology currently organizes the undergraduate curriculum: General Anthropology, Anthropological Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology, and Medical and Global Health Anthropology.

Starting your library research

Start at the Penn Libraries' homepage.

  • Be sure to log in with your PennKey using the button in the top right corner of the page in order to see all the options available to you during your searching.
  • Search the Franklin Catalog to locate print and electronic books, journals, videos, and maps held by Penn Libraries.
  • Search keywords in Articles+ to find citations or online content that appear in many Penn-subscribed journals, e-books, and databases.
  • Search Penn Libraries' customized Google Scholar for more online content. 
  • In order to narrow your search to resources used by anthropologists, use the databases recommended below. In addition to clicking on the links below, you can search the name of the database in the Franklin catalog to find a record from which you can access the database.

Major online databases and full-text resources for Anthropology

In addition to multidisciplinary databases such as Academic Search Premier and Web of Science and large journal archives such as JSTOR and Project Muse, researchers will find the following subject-specific databases and full-text resources valuable for research in anthropology:

Go here for a full list of databases and resources for anthropology available through the University of Pennsylvania.

Selected reference and introductory books

The Museum Library

The Museum Library, located in the Academic Wing of the Penn Museum, is the University of Pennsylvania's branch library for anthropology and archaeology. With over 145,000 volumes on-site with historic strengths in biological and physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, archaeology worldwide, and Native American studies, it is one of the premier branch libraries for anthropology in the United States.

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Deb Stewart
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Deb Brown Stewart
Head, Museum Library
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215 898-4021

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