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 six-digit 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.



These dictionaries define specialized terms, identify important figures and concepts, and explain symbols.


Finding more electronic books

The library has many electronic books. To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password. Type a word or phrase describing the subject in the search space below:


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.


Browse in Anthropology Journals

Browse anthropology journals on our Social Sciences Journal Page.


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 other books and and audiovisual materials 

Use the library catalog to look for additional materials. The catalog page includes instructions on using the catalog, as well as links to other library catalogs. You can search by key words, by authors, or by subject headings. A suggestion on where to find subject headings to use in the catalog is given below.

The Library of Congress has a Web site where you can search for subject headings. When you put in a search term, the results will list terms in a table. Those with a red button marked, "Authorized and references" are terms that the Library of Congress uses in subject catalogs. Clicking the button may show more specific ("narrower") terms.

picture of catalog screen

Fig. 1. The catalog search

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

If you live in the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) district, you may also access the catalog online at your local public library. In addition to the books in the Chemeketa College Library, the catalog also contains the collections of the 17 public libraries located in the regional library district. You can request books through the catalog, and can pass your search through to Summit (see below).


Chemeketa students registered for credit may use Summit, the Orbis Cascade Alliance catalog, to request items from 36 member libraries in Oregon and Washington. Summit uses a search called WorldCat. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit. Chemeketa users may request items using the barcode number from their ID card, and have them sent to Chemeketa, or they may set up a Visiting Patron account at another Alliance library.

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Updated: 23 September 2013