Anthropology and Sociology Research Guide
Locating Journal Articles
Searching for Journal Titles in Anthropology and Sociology
Anthropology and sociology are interdisciplinary in nature. Relevant articles will be found across many areas of inquiry including the social sciences, sciences, arts, and humanities. Search here for a specific journal title or to see a list of journals (print and electronic) held by the library. You may also browse journals by subject (choose Social Sciences).
General and Multidisciplinary Databases
JSTOR | ProQuest Research Library | Academic Search Elite
These databases include the full text of articles in a broad array of scholarly journals and periodicals, including journals in anthropology and sociology. Some also include newspapers and general interest publications.
Subject Databases and Indexes
AnthroSource includes the full text of current and historical content from journals published by the American Anthropological Association. Choose "advanced search" or "browse journals" to begin searching or browsing. Coverage: 1888 to present.
AR gathers and summarizes (or reviews) current research. You may search across the social sciences or limit your search to anthropology or sociology. Coverage varies. Generally full text is available for the last ten years with indexing from 1972 to the present.
Index and abstracts to journals, books and monographs, and conference papers. Coverage: 1895 to present.
Social Sciences Index Index Tables R 050 qR28s S
Annual print author and subject index to publications in the social sciences, including anthropology. Coverage: 1974 to present.
Additional Databases of Interest
America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts
Citations and abstracts for journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on North American and world history and culture, with links to full text where available. Covers historical topics and a variety of disciplines including popular culture, gender studies, anthropology, literature, and folklore. Coverage: Historical Abstracts - 1955 to present, America: History & Life - 1964 to present.
RDS Contemporary Women's Issues (CWI)
Online index covering reports, fact sheets, guides, and journal articles on health and human rights relating to women with links to full text where available. Coverage: 1986 to present.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of both anthropology and sociology, books are
shelved throughout the library. Core anthropology collections are in the 570s on the first floor and in the 300s on the third floor. Core sociology collections are in the 300s on the third floor.
Find books, journal titles, and media in the Wells College Library.
Search for books, journal titles, dissertations, and media in other libraries, and request them via Interlibrary Loan.
Selected Web Resources and Statistical Sites
Intute: Sociology and Intute: Anthropology
Annotated links to web resources selected and reviewed by specialists. Includes research institute sites and statistical and methodological sites.
Indigenous Node of the WWW Virtual Library
Links to general indigenous studies resources, as well as resources for Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Central and South America, Europe, and the Pacific.
Selected Statistical Sites
American Time Use Survey (ATUS)
The U.S. Department of Labor statistics on the amount of time people spend doing various activities such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Data Archive
The ICPSR archives data sets in aging, health, childcare, education, criminology, demography, substance abuse, and other areas of the social sciences.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Statistics on crime and related activity from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Gateway to statistics gathered and published by the federal government including ChildStats and the U.S Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract of the United States (current and historical).
World Values Survey (WVS)
The WVS provides detailed political, social, and cultural data on the values and beliefs of over 80 societies worldwide since 1981.
Encyclopedias and other reference works provide concise information about persons,
events, and ideas, and may be a good place to start your research. Print reference
works are shelved in the stacks near the main desk. Selected titles include:
Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology (1998) R 301.2 E56
Encyclopedia of Sociology R 303 qE565b 2000
Online references sources including Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures, and Pop Culture Arab World! Media, Arts, and Lifestyle.
Evaluating and Citing Your Sources
Check with your instructor to determine if they have a preferred citation style. The American Anthropological Association (AAA) recommends the Chicago Manual of Style. AAA provides an outline of style rules basic to AAA style. A print copy of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide is available in reference.