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Introduction to Anthropology

An introduction to anthropology related resources available through NYU library's online collection.

Background Research - Introduction

While you might have a particular research topic in mind, you may not be familiar with the events, people, or issues involved. Using a good secondary source for background research can provide you with that information. This page lists relevant anthropology reference databases which include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other anthropologically related background resources. Here are several tips when choosing reference materials.

  • Learn about key anthropological concepts or terms from a subject encyclopedia such as The Encyclopedia of Anthropology.
  • Search full-text online reference databases such as Gale Reference for different types of reference materials.

Anthropology Reference

Full-Text Online Reference

Online Map Resources

Anthropology research requires the need for maps of all kinds. The following Web sites are some of the best resources recommended for digitally available regional and world maps.