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Subject guide for Anthropology

The subject guide offers you important resources within the field of Anthropology. You are more than welcome to contact us if you need help, or if you have suggestions for additional information for this guide.  

Reference works

  • The Routledge encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology
    This encyclopaedia is the 2nd edition and was edited by Alan Barnard and Jonathan Spencer. In this comprehensive encyclopaedia it is possible to find the essential ideas and topics within anthropology. The main text consists of entries in alphabetical order on important areas of anthropological work. These entries end with useful further readings and cross-references to other related entries. There are also short bibliographic entries about key anthropologists as well as a glossary covering terms and concepts used within anthropology.
  • International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
    In this social science encyclopaedia, it is possible to find topics such as anthropology, demography, ethnology, economics, social studies, psychology, pedagogy, sociology, gender studies and media studies. Useful if you are looking for clearly written definitions and keywords. It contains short overview entries with a typical length of 4 to 6 pages. Furthermore, it includes extensive bibliographic references as well as name and subject indexes. It is also available in print, where it takes up 26 volumes.
  • Oxford Reference Online - Premium Collection
    E-book database containing a large collection of acknowledged reference works and dictionaries published by Oxford University Press among these the Oxford Companion series. The entries are checked and updated throughout the year as well as extensively linked. It not only provides access to dictionaries, but also political and geographical maps, illustrations such as diagrams, historical timelines and a collection of quotes.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-book database containing reference works like encyclopedias and specialized reference sources mainly within the study of the humanities, theology, religion and social science. The Royal Library only has a license to the Gale eBooks selection (pre selected for you).

Journal databases

  • Anthrosource
    Journal database with full-text access to all of the American Anthropological Association’s publications within anthropology, ethnography and archaeology. All volumes – from the first to the latest – are included. Published by The American Anthropological Association (AAA).
    Journal database with full-text access to the leading academic journals within all fields of studies. Usually it is not possible to access the most recent 3-5 volumes, but it is possible to access publications before that with some of them stemming back from the 16th-18th century. JSTOR is an independent non-profit business.
  • Web of Science
    Web of Science (WoS) is both a journal and citation index with references to articles within all fields of studies. There is a full-text access to large parts of the database. WoS includes these five bases; Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index & Conference Proceedings Citation Index.

  • Scopus 
    Scopus is both a journal database and a citation index. Scopus contains indices from more journals than any other database and it is a good alternative to the more subject specific databases. Scopus covers health science, natural science, social science and lately to an increasing extent the arts (especially European arts and medical anthropology). Journals from 1996 and to this day are fully indexed.

Journals and Reviews

  • TLS, the Times literary supplement
    TLS is published weekly and contains reviews of new books within all subjects. It started in 1902 but the full online text access is available for reviews from 1994 and onwards. A free text or topic search can be done via the tab ”Reviews” – choose for example ”History” or ”Classics”.
  • Published journals
    Published journals that are relevant for anthropology are placed at AU Library Moesgaard and at The Royal Library on closed stacks.
    Use library.au.dk to find out which journals we have and order a copy of the desired article.


  • Anthropology Plus
    The most extensive bibliography within anthropology and archaeology. It is a mesh of the bibliographies Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index from Royal Anthropological Institute. It covers the time period from the late 19th century until today. Various key journals are included along with a series of lesser known publications from around the world.
  • African Journals Online (AJOL)
    Online journal database with peer-reviewed journals in English and French published in Africa. It covers all subjects. All journals include abstracts. There is only full-text access to a smaller part of the journals.
  • International African Bibliography (IAB)
    International bibliography with references to literature about the African continent as a whole. The literature covers a broad field of topics within the humanities and socials science. It covers the time period from 1971 to 2015.
  • Index Islamicus
    International bibliography on research about Islam. Indices literature about Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Articles in journals and anthologies, books, reviews and conference papers can be found using the site. It also covers Asia, Africa and other areas and countries with a Muslim population group and minorities. It is especially usable within the fields of history, politics and economics.
  • Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS)
    Bibliographic database with references to journal articles, books and chapters from books about Latin America in regard to ethnology, history, politics, business, education, language and literature, art, music and geography. The bibliography is selective, and the literature is chosen and annotated by an international team of researchers.
  • ATLA -  Religion Database with AtlaSerials
    ATLA is the leading bibliography within theology, religious studies and ethics. It covers all religions and countries. It is relevant for all subjects concerning religious aspects in literature, culture and society. ATLA indices journal articles, book reviews and essay collections.
  • ProQuest
    A collection of databases (database platform), that covers a broad range of subjects within humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and medicine. Most of the databases consists of bibliographies, and there will be full-text access to the material. It covers the time period from year 1960 and until now.
  • Bibliotek.dk (in Danish and English) 
    Denmark’s national library database. It contains information about materials from all Danish public and research libraries. You can make an account and then order the materials for pick up at your own library, Det Kgl. Bibliotek - Aarhus.


  • Ordbogen.com
    Collection of dictionaries which contains Ordbogen.com and Gyldendals Ordbøger. The collection of dictionaries covers a large number of subject areas and languages. The list of all relevant dictionaries is obtained when you search a word.
  • Oxford Reference Online
    E-books database containing a large collection of acknowledged reference works and dictionaries. Also contains a collection of quotes, illustrations, maps and historical timelines.
  • KorpusDK
    KorpusDK is a digital reference work providing insight into the Danish language, as well as showing how Danish has been used in texts from around the years 1990 to 2000


  • Oxford Scholarship Online
    Oxford Scholarship Online provides access to a broad selection of Oxford University Press’ books. There is only full-text access to the topics Aarhus University Library subscribes to.
    Search tip: It is possible to search in the books lists of references by clicking on ’Bibliography Search’ in the left margin.
  • Cambridge Companions Online
    Online-versions of the acknowledged Cambridge Companions series made for students. Contains good introductions to classical and central authors, artists, philosophers, topics and periods. It contains two collections; the Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics and the Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture.
  • Ebook Central
    E-book database with thousands of e-books in all subject areas. Most titles are in English and published by large UK and US publishers. The database is updated on a regular basis with new titles, but please be aware that titles may also expire.


  • Ethnographic Video Online. Vol. 1-3
    Ethnographic movies from all around the world. Aside from documentaries, the collection also contains movies recorded in connection with fieldwork - some of them not published before. One of the oldest movies, of the approximate total number of 1300 videos in the database, is ”Nanook of the North” from the 1920’s.
  • Filmstriben.dk
    Filmstriben is a digital movie offer from the public libraries and can be used by all through an account from their local library. Filmstriben contains both feature films, shortfilms – and many documentaries. The movies are only available for private streaming.
  • Mediestream (the site is in Danish and English)
    Mediestream provides online access to Det Kgl. Biblioteks digital collections of Danish cultural heritage. So far it covers newspapers, radio, television as well as commercials. Most of the content is in Danish, so relevant if you need to watch Danish documentaries, commercials or episodes of typical Danish drama series.

Newspapers and news

  • Infomedia (only in Danish) 
    Here you can find full text articles from Danish national, regional and local daily and weekly newspapers, specialist journals, magazines and news agencies. It covers the years from approximately 1990 and onwards – depending on when the specific journals og news sites started.
  • Mediestream (the site is in Danish and English)
    Mediestream provides online access to Det Kgl. Biblioteks digital collections of Danish cultural heritage. So far it covers newspapers, radio, television as well as commercials. Most of the content is in Danish, so relevant if you need to watch Danish documentaries, commercials or episodes of typical Danish drama series.
  • Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Archaeology
    Dow Jones Factiva is a unique database which combines an extensive collection of global news with first class business information. Relevant database for searching in global news and on market and business information. Allows access to a maximum of five AUL users at the same time.
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