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Anthropology

Our subject guide will help you find the best resources for your studies.

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Heather Dawson

Academic Support Librarian

Find books and journals in the Library, search for articles online, learn about the best online resources and websites for your area and get help with using our resources and services.

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Books

Journals

News and policy

Specialist resources

If you need any help you can get in touch with your librarian for advice or to arrange a consultation. You can find their details on the Academic Support Librarian web page.   

 

Books

Learn the location of relevant collections and useful resources for your studies.  

Anthropology collections

Some key classmarks and locations for your subject are:

  • Social Anthropology: GN301
  • Ethnographies: GN378-396 
  • Economic Anthropology: GN448

There are many other books in the Library which will be useful for your research. To locate these enter keywords in Library Search.

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Specialist dictionaries and encyclopedia

Useful for quickly checking definitions, summaries of theories and thinkers.

Helpful titles for your subject include: 

  

Journals

How to find journals and some of the key journal databases to use. 

Finding journal articles

Most of the time you should be able to find and access the articles you need through Library Search. However, we also provide access to powerful databases that can help you discover articles that are not available through Library Search, or even search engines like Google.

When we don't provide access to the full text of the articles you need you can request them through Interlending services

Top social science databases

  • Web Of Science - provides access to articles covering all aspects of the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
  • Scopus  - covers a wide range of science and social science subject areas including gender studies, women’s studies and LGBT issues. 
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) - includes over 3 million bibliographic references dating back to 1951. 

Specialist anthropology databases

These databases focus more narrowly on specialist subject areas. They can be used to supplement the general social science resources listed above.

  • Anthropology Plus - includes Anthropological Literature from Harvard university and Anthropological Index from the Royal Anthropological Institute. 

Area studies databases 

  • ABSEES (American Bibliography of Slavonic and East European Studies) - It indexes journal articles, books, dissertations and other literature published in North America since the 1980s. 
  • China Academic Journals - from CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure). Access Chinese language journals. 

 

News and policy

Find out about popular newspapers, policy sites and streaming media services.

Newspapers

Many newspaper websites offer free access. We provide you with additional access to searchable back files via the following subscription services:

  • Nexis  - contains the full text of a large number of UK and foreign newspapers from 1980 onwards. Updated daily.
  • Factiva  - has extensive English language and foreign coverage content. Emphasis upon business and trade news.
  • FT.com  - register with your LSE credentials and benefit from our institutional access.

Historical newspapers

Foreign newspapers

Recent editions of foreign newspapers can be located via Nexis and Factiva.

Other specialist databases include:

  • Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press - abstracts of newspaper stories translated from approximately 2001 onwards.
  • Mideastwire.com  - access to English translations and summaries of news stories appearing in the media of over 20 Arab countries, Iran and the Arab Diaspora.
  • Eastview Russian Databases  - access over 30 of the most influential Russian newspapers of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and 80 regional newspapers, Russian Duma Publications for parliamentary news and analysis, and the Universal Database of Statistical Publications.

Policy and legislation

Research often involves the consultation of government policy. Most departments have  websites where you can find the latest press releases, reports, regulations and statistical data. Some UK examples:

Intergovernmental organisations

Many international organisations' websites provide access to reports, regulations and statistics.

Audiovisual material

  • Ethnographic Video Online - access over 1,000 key ethnographic films from leading anthropologists. Transcripts and notes also provided.
  • Box of Broadcasts (UK Access only)  - a streaming TV service. Access TV and radio programmes from over 60 channels. Includes BBC TV and radio plus 10 foreign language channels. Content is from 2007 onwards. Transcripts are available for TV and radio news programmes. You can also search for TV Listings using the TRILT database.

 

Specialist resources

Find out about archives and special collections, theses, data and current research. 

Archives and special collections

  • Access archives and special collections to view a number of key collections relating to the history of Anthropology. They include papers from famous anthropologists, their fieldwork notes, and photographs. A key figure is Bronislaw Malinowski (1884-1942).
  • The Women's Library holds a number of useful collections including: The Sadd Brown Library which contains books and periodicals about and by women of the Commonwealth from colonial times to the modern day. 
  • Anthropological Fieldwork Online - original primary source note books and papers from the fieldwork of Bronislaw Malinowski, Victor and Edith Turner, Max Gluckman, Raymond Firth, Ruth Benedict, Charles Seligman and others. 

Theses

  • Dissertations & Theses Global - an online database containing the full text of thousands of PhD from universities worldwide. It includes references to all UK and Irish doctoral theses produced since 1715 with full text content where available. If an item you need is not available online you can place a request for it through Interlending services
  • LSE Theses Online - contains many full text LSE PhD theses. Older items that are not available online are available in the Library.

Data collections

  • Economist Intelligence Unit Country reports contain basic social and economic data.
  • IMF data website provides free access to some country and finance data.
  • OECD iLibrary also contains a number of useful publications on the economic position of individual nations. in addition there are also some specialist resources dealing with India and China.
  • IndiaStat - detailed socioeconomic indicators
  • Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) principal source of industrial statistics in India. The ASI surveys registered firms in India's manufacturing sector.
  • China Data - includes economic, social and population data at national and regional levels.

Current research

  •  Zetoc - use this service to set up alerts and receive tables of contents from your favourite journals. 
  • LSE Research Online - check for recent research from your academic department.  

 

Contact your librarian for further guidance and support. You can find their details on the Academic Support Librarian web page.