Places to Start
Web of Science
A GREAT place to start for biological anthropology and related topics. Multidisciplinary database covering the top journals in science, social science, and the arts & humanities.
Scopus (SciVerse Scopus)
Among the largest databases of peer-reviewed literature. Scopus covers scientific, technical, medical, and social sciences content, as well as some arts & humanities.
Provides searchable full-text access to complete runs of key scholarly journals in many fields. To obtain more relevant results, try narrowing your search by discipline. JSTOR indexes many of the key journals in cultural anthropology.
Unites Harvard University's "Anthropological Literature" and the Royal Anthropological Institute's (UK) "Anthropological Index". It indexes articles and essays in over 2500 journals and edited works on all aspects of anthropology and archaeology, including art history, demography, economics, geography, geology, genetics, psychology, religion and sociology. Broad search terms work best for this database.
Academic Search Complete
Indexes scholarly journals in the social sciences, business, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, and education as well as major daily newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor.
AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access)
A bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library and its cooperators. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences.
Annual Reviews Online
Review articles (that review the existing literature on specific topics) in the areas of biomedical, physical, and social sciences. This is a good place to start your research. It includes fantastic bibliographies that can lead you to related articles/books.
CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
Covers theory and research in international affairs in working papers, conference proceedings, journal abstracts, books, a schedule of events, policy briefs and economic indicators, links and resources, and maps and country data. Sources include university research institutes, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and foundation-funded research projects.
Indexes current ecology research across a wide range of disciplines. Ecology Abstracts focuses on how organisms interact with their environments and with other organisms. Included are relevant papers on evolutionary biology, economics, and systems analysis as they relate to ecosystems or the environment.
The most important index in the field. It is a worldwide, indexed bibliography with selected abstracts on economics from major journals, books, dissertations, and collective volumes.
Coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.
Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database (ESPM)
A multidisciplinary database for the environmental sciences. Includes scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications.
Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. Look for links to full-text at Emory. NOTE: Content indexed by Google varies in quality -- use caution when selecting resources.
A much larger database than Anthropology Plus and a good place to search for articles related to cultural anthropology.
Women's Studies International
Covers the core disciplines in Women's Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research. Includes sociology, history, political science & economy, public policy, international relations, arts & humanities, business and education. Includes journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, important websites & web documents, and grey literature.
BBC Guide to Development Speak
A glossary of terms that frequently appear in development-related discussions, policy and practice at all levels - local, national and international.
BLDS, British Library for Development Studies
Europe's largest research collection on economic and social change in developing countries.It contains over 1,000 journals and 80,000 monographs plus links to electronic resources throughout the world. You can do your own search of the BLDS catalog or use canned searches on individual countries or subjects. Unlike most library catalogues, the BLDS catalogue includes records for numerous individual journal articles as well as books. Also check out the BLDS Digital Library.
ELDIS Gateway to Development Information
Includes research reports, working papers, discussion papers, conference papers, statistics, case studies, policy briefings, etc. related to development that concentrate on information covering countries in the Southern Hemisphere (also includes items on other regions if the information could be applied to Southern-based research).
Global Development Network (GDN)
GDN is an International Organization of research and policy institutes promoting the generation, sharing and application to policy of multidisciplinary knowledge for the purpose of development. It was founded on the premise that good policy research, properly applied, can accelerate development and improve people's lives. GDN emphasizes research done in developing countries.
PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) International
Indexes books, periodicals and selected local, state, national, and international government documents in the areas of public policy, social policy and the social sciences.
Founded in 1944, the World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of development assistance. The Bank is owned by more than 180 member countries and is working in more than 100 developing economies. The website includes numerous statistical resources as well as documentation for country needs and World Bank activities. Additional topical and regional reports can be found in the World Bank eLibrary.
For more information on Development Studies resources, see this guide.
Publishes peer-reviewed scientific journals rapidly and makes them freely available online. Includes biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics, medicine, microbiology, nursing, and public health.
Provides comprehensive coverage of the world's published biological and biomedical research including biology, botany, zoology, microbiology, veterinary medicine, biotechnology, environmental studies, biochemistry, biophysics, and bioengineering. Indexes journal articles, technical reports, meetings, reviews, and books.
Global Health (CABI)
Provides international coverage of communicable diseases (including HIV/AIDS), tropical and parasitic diseases, human nutrition, community and public health, and medicinal and poisonous plants.
EMBASE indexes international biomedical journals covering public health, toxicology, pharmacology, drug research, health policy and management, psychiatry, psychology, biomedical engineering, alternative medicine, and environmental health
Focuses on reproductive health, family planning, health policy, AIDS, environmental health, public health, and development. Includes scholarly articles, published & unpublished reports. (NOTE: This database can be slow.)
A service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 14 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full-text articles and other related resources.
Global Health (CABI)
International coverage of communicable diseases (including HIV/AIDS), tropical and parasitic diseases, human nutrition, community and public health, and medicinal and poisonous plants.
A group of databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, genetic toxicology, risk assessments, pollution, and related areas.
These multidisciplinary databases focus on articles about specific regions. Some good ones are listed below. Others are available via the drop-down "Find by subject" menu (choose "Area Studies") on the Databases webpage.
Africa-Wide: NiPAD (Africa -- primarily South Africa)
Bibliography of Asian Studies (East, Southeast, and South Asia)
Amercian Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (ABSEES) (East Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union)
Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) (Latin America)
Index Islamicus (the Islamic world including the Middle East, main Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, and Muslim minorities elsewhere.)