Subject Guide to Online Anthropology Sources

Contents for Online Anthropology Resources


Good Starting Places: Reference Books

Reference books are a good place to start research. They can help you find background information, choose topics, and understand concepts and terminology. To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.

Encyclopedias & Handbooks 

Specialized encyclopedias, which cover a single subject area, have longer and more detailed treatments of subjects than either dictionaries or general encyclopedias. The best and most comprehensive online encyclopedias of anthropology are the First choiceEncyclopedia of World Cultures and the First choiceRoutledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural anthropology.

See also printed reference sources, below.



Use the Library Search to look for more specialized dictionaries online. Type a word or phrase describing the subject, followed by "dictionary", for example,
          Asperger's dictionary.
Limit your result to electronic books by selecting the eBooks resource type under Refine My Results.

Finding more electronic books

Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to electronic books by selecting the eBooks resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa E-books will show as having Online access, with a green disc indicator. To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.


Finding Articles on Your Subject

All the electronic databases listed in this section may be accessed by going to the library's Database Page. If you are accessing the databases from a location other than Chemeketa Community College, remember to click the link marked, "Off-campus users."

Academic OneFile [Gale]  How to use
Index to periodicals, including thousands of peer-reviewed, abstracted and indexed journals, many which are in full text.
JSTOR How to use
JSTOR is a digital journals archive. Chemeketa Chemeketa has the archive collections Arts & Sciences I and Arts & Sciences III, comprising about 400 journals. The collections are strong in the humanities.
Literature Resource Center   How to use
Includes a number of journals in folklore and related fields.


Image Databases

Britannica ImageQuest is a very large database with high quality images of all kinds of subject matter. Images have been cleared for educational use.

Special Guides


Internet Sites


Try our customized search, or browse the list of sites below.

Customized Search


Browsing list

Academic Info on Native Americans -
A list of links to useful sources for the study of Native Americans, categorized by type of site or by general subject matter.
Cultural Orientation Resource Center -
The Center for Applied Linguistics provides this site with information about recently-arrived refugee groups in the United States. "Culture Profiles" in the Publications area contains online books describing the cultures of a number of peoples; click the Publications link to view them.
Ethnomed -
Ethnomed is a site from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. It focuses on ethnic groups in the Seattle area, giving cultural and community profiles of the following groups: Amharic; Cambodian; Chinese; Eritrean; Ethiopian; Mexican; Oromo; Somali; Tigrean; Vietnamese; Arab; Lao; Mien; Samoan; South Asian; Soviet Jewish; Ukrainian. Although the site is written with health care workers in mind, there is valuable general information on culture and customs, with bibliographies.
Executive Planet Business Culture Guides -
Guide to etiquette and business culture for 42 countries. Click on the country name to find advice on general conversation, gift-giving, dress, public bevavior, entertaining, and business negotiations.
History of the Northwest Coast -
A hypertext history of the Northwest coast exploration and interaction of Europeans and Native Americans, from the 18th century to 20th. Features Haida, Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Kwakuitl groups.
Index of Native American Resources on the Internet -
A comprehensive meta-site, with links on art, history, education, health, and many other aspects of Native American life and culture.
National NAGPRA -
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act is a federal law that provides a way for museums and federal agencies to return Native American cultural materials to affiliated descendants or cultural groups. In addition to the pertinent laws and regulations, the site includes maps, databases, and other materials. Under "Special Topics" the user will find information on international repatriation.
NativeWeb -
A searchable site with links to information about indigenous peoples around the world. Includes many Native American sites.

Finding Additional Resources

See a list of printed reference books and periodicals: Printed reference.

The library subscribes to the following current periodicals in printed form:

  • American Anthropologist
  • Current Anthropology

Finding Additional Materials, Including Print 

See a list of some printed reference books in Chemeketa's library.

The library subscribes to the following current periodicals in printed form:

  • Audubon
  • Bioscience
  • National Wildlife
  • Sierra

Finding other books and and audiovisual materials 

Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to books by selecting the Books resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa books will show as Available, with a green disc indicator, followed by the location and call number.

You may have to do several searches to find books that might be pertinent to your subject.

Books not owned by Chemeketa may be requested through Summit or via interlibrary loan.


Chemeketa students registered for credit may request Summit books from other Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries. The Orbis Cascade Alliance is made up of 37 member libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit.

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Updated: 18 December 2014