IIPS 40708: Anthropology of War and Peace


Reference tools provide background information, the who, what, where and when -- and a bit of the how and why -- for any topic. They include subject and biographical dictionaries and encyclopedias, almanacs, chronologies, directories and atlases. Many, especially dictionaries and encyclopedias, are now available online. Many others, especially historical atlases and chronologies are still only available in print.

---- Online

  • Wikipedia:
    • Wikipedia can be a great quick help in identifying the "who, what, when and where" of any given issue especially relating to popular culture -- subject to later verification. Librarians use it all the time. However, it can be very suspect about "how and why" questions especially conflicts situations. Use it but use it with caution!

---- Print

Selected examples of print reference sources.  All titles are located in the General Reference Collection (1st floor, Hesburgh Library)

  • Encyclopedia of the stateless nations D 860 .M56 2002
  • The Oxford encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures F 1218.6 .O95 2001
  • Encyclopedia of anthropology GN 11 .E63 2006
  • Ethnic cultures of the world: a statistical reference GN 495.4 .P37 1997  
  • Encyclopedia of modern ethnic conflicts GN 496 .E56 2003
  • National cultures of the world: a statistical reference HA 155 .P37 1997
  • Encyclopedia of violence, peace, & conflict HM 291 .E625 2008
  • Encyclopedia of modern separatist movements HM 716 .H48 2000
  • World at risk: a global issues sourcebook. JZ 1242 .W67 2002
  • World encyclopedia of peace JZ 5533 .W67 1999
  • Encyclopaedia of war, peace and global security JZ 5588 .E53 2005


In addition there is a large collection of current and historical atlases in the Hesburgh Library Reference Collection (first floor -- non-circulating).


Here is a selection of statistical sources of potential value for Peace Studies research and Anthropology.  Additional resources may be found from the Libraries homepage by following the path "Reference Shelf | Data, statistics and survey results" or by going directly to Data, statistics and survey results.

Additional Resources

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