ANTH 13181: Social Science University Seminar - Intro to Anthropology


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

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica online
    • access to the most reputable online general encyclopedia
  • Oxford reference online Premium
    • access to dozens of Oxford University Press online reference tools
  • Gale virtual reference library
    • access to dozens of Gale online reference tools
  • Reference Universe
    • access to hundreds of print and online reference tools from various publishers
  • Hesburgh Library Reference Collection
    • access to thousands of print and online reference tools in the Hesburgh Libraries
  • 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 modern separatist movements HM 716 .H48 2000


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.


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

Last Update: March 15, 2011 11:35 | Tagged with: anthropology method research