Anthropology: Databases & Journal Articles


Along with books and ebooks, the resources you find in Monash University Library's databases are the best and most reliable resources for your assessments.

These are some of the best databases to use for Anthropology. 

Key Databases for Anthropology   |   Primary Sources, Archives & Multimedia

For more databases from Monash University Library:

Remember: You will need to search in more than one database to find a wide variety of resources to reference - not every database covers the same material. Find multiple sources to support your statements.

Multidisciplinary databases:

Use these large databases to find articles in Anthropology and many other related subject areas. 

Anthropology-only databases:

Use these smaller databases for more specific Anthropology searches.


   For Indigenous resources, see the Indigenous Cultures & Histories Guide.

For a full listing of all database resources in this subject area,
see the Anthropology page on the
Databases by Subject Guide.

Primary Sources & Archives:

Our ever-growing collections of original documents and archival material for research.

Multimedia databases:

Video, audio, and other multimedia material may also be useful for your study and research.


   Keen for more Anthropology multimedia?

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Grey Literature & Open Access

Grey literature is a large category of information, usually broadly defined as material not published by traditional book or journal publishers, from government documents to conference proceedings to maps, statistical surveys, and theses and dissertations.


Open Access materials are free for all to use online. They can be anything from peer-reviewed journal articles and books to theses, conference papers, and more. 


More information on Open Access:


Journals publish the top researchers in your field, and contain the most up-to-date academic information. There are thousands of journals in the Library's collections.

Here are a selection of some of the Anthropology journals we hold.

Anthropology & Social Sciences     |     Australasia-specific

Browse all of our online journals:

Australasia-specific Anthropology journals:

For more journals around Australasian topics, see:

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar is another way of searching Monash University Library resources.

If you use the link below (or the links in Library Search and the A-Z Databases page) to access Google Scholar, you'll be able to use the Check for full text link to go straight to many of the articles contained in the Monash University Library databases.

 Google Scholar shouldn't be the only place you search, but it can be a good place to start.

Pros of Google Scholar   Cons of Google Scholar   
  • Generally only shows you reliable, authoritative, academic material
  • Gives you interdisciplinary results, so a single search can reach across topics well
  • Turns up a large amount of results, every time
  • You're able to use the familiar Google interface
  • Checks your spelling!
  • Only finds a small subset of the material available on Library databases and in Library collections
  • Often misses very important articles in a subject area
  • Broken links and repetitive results are common
  • The large number of results can be overwhelming and hard to sift through
  • Requires a strong knowledge of advanced Google searching skills to do complex searches


Did you know?

  • You can use  to view top journals in your field. 
  • You can use  to save and store articles you find on Google Scholar
  • Using  will notify you of new articles you might be interested in when they become available.
  •  can help you create some citations, but be careful! They might not be accurate. Always check them against the Citing and Referencing Guide or the manual of the referencing style you're using.
  • You can add the Google Scholar Button to Chrome to help you search quicker while online.
  • If you are published, you can create an Google Scholar author profile to see the impact of your work