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Anthropology: Databases & Journal Articles

Databases for Anthropology

Databases for Anthropology

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.

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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Journals for Anthropology

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 at Monash, Grey literature, & Open Access resources

Google Scholar at Monash

Google Scholar is another way of searching some of the Monash University Library databases to find journal articles.

If you use the Monash link below to access Google Scholar, you'll be able to use the Check for full text and similar links to go straight to many of the articles contained in the Monash University Library databases.


Note: Do not click an article's title, only the links to the right.


Pros of Google Scholar

  • Specifically looks for academic material
  • Interdisciplinary results
  • Large numbers of results
  • Familiar Google interface
  • Spell check
  • Keyword suggestions


Cons of Google Scholar

  • Free access to only a small amount of material
  • Misses important articles
  • Millions of results are hard to sift through
  • Difficult to do complex searches

Grey Literature

Grey literature is a large category, 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 resources

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:

Tips for using Google Scholar

Learn how to better use Google Scholar, from detailed searching to the famous Google Cheat Sheet.

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

Your Google Scholar Profile

For researchers

Setting up and maintaining your Google Scholar profile as a researcher enables your published and Open Access work to be easily available to all researchers using Google Scholar. Sign up via the Google Scholar Citations link below.

Why set up a Google Scholar Profile?

It allows you to:

  • Manage articles attached to your name in Google Scholar
  • Create a comprehensive and easy-to-access article list of your work
  • Have a public (or private) profile

and most importantly,

  • Use Google Scholar Citations and Google Scholar Metrics to measure and promote your own research impact
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