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Educational Anthropology


Educational anthropology concerns itself with analysing cultural relations and social processes in educational contexts (or in an educational perspective). Through ethnographical studies, people’s perspectives, actions, and relations are analysed as they are shaped and reflected in everyday life and outside institutions.

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Recommended works

  • Blackwell 
    Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online gives you instant access to the most authoritative and up-to-date scholarship in the field of sociology. (online)  
  • Dictionary of Sociology 
    With terms taken from sociology and the related fields of psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy, and political science, it provides widespread coverage of all aspects of sociology, from adaptation to zero tolerance. (online)  
  • Dictionary of the social sciences 
    Collecting anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, human geography, cultural studies, and Marxism in one volume  
  • Encyclopedia of social measurement 
    The Encyclopedia of Social Measurement excellently covers and integrates both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social science and social measurement (online)
  • Lexicon for the 21st Century
    The lexicon contains over 3200 hits on topics that the established lexicons do not mention or merely write nonsense. This includes first and foremost movements – grassroots organisations – but also terms, lands, and people. (online)
  • Sociological Lexicon
    Descriptions of sociological terms, areas of study, methods, theory of science, and important theorists. Ed: Steen Nepper Larsen et al.
  • The great Danish Encyclopedia
    The great Danish is a lexicon that has the answer for almost  anything – a national reference source (online)
  • Wikipedia
    Is a multilingual, encyclopedia project which is based on free content and an open edit mode. (online)


    • Anthrosource
      Journal base with full-text access to American Anthropological Associations publications within anthropology, ethnography, and archaeology. All volumes are there.
    • Anthropology Plus
      The most comprehensive bibliography within anthropology. It is a merging of the bibliographies Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index from Royal Anthropological Institute. It indexes journals, books, rapports, anthologies, and obituaries. It covers the period from the late 1800s to today. All key journals are indexed with a long line of less familiar publications from the whole world.
    • Scopus
      Scopus covers health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and increasingly also the humanities (especially European humanities and medical anthropology).
    • Web of Science
      Web of Science (WoS) is an article base and a citation index with references to articles within all fields of studies. It contains bases such as: • Science Citation Index Expanded • Social Sciences Citation Index • Arts & Humanities Citation Index.
    • ProQuest Social Sciences Journals
      Searches in twenty databases with the social sciences.
    • Sage Journals
      E-journal base with scientific, peer reviewed journals within the social science, the humanities, the natural sciences, and the technical sciences. There is access to the journals from the newest volumes while it varies from journal to journal as to how far back the access is granted.

    • See also - Subject guide for Political Science

    Main sources for knowledge

      • Bibliotek.dk
        Denmark’s national library base. It contains references to all the Danish public libraries’ and research libraries’ materials.
      • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
        Online catalogue that registers and gives free access to open access research of high quality and peer reviewed journals.
      • ERIC (Educational Resources Information Centre)
        The most comprehensive educational and pedagogical bibliography in the world with reference to journal articles, books, conference papers etc. within all of the disciplines of education and other educational related literature.
      • FIS Bildung Literaturdatenbank
        The bibliography FIS Bildung Literaturdatenbank refer to articles, books, chapters of books, “grey material”, and online documents within all areas of pedagogy and theory of education internationally. The content is mainly German and there is full-text access to the majority of it. The base is updated regularly.
      • JSTOR
        Journal base with full-text access to leading academic journals within all fields of study. There is usually not access to the three to five latest volumes but generally for all other volumes. In few journals’ cases, there is access to journals dating back to the 1600-1800s.
      • OAPEN Library
        Publication library with free access to a limited amount of books within the humanities and social sciences.
      • PsycINFO
        International Base. References to publications within psychology as well as publications with psychological aspects within disciplines like medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, anthropology, economy, and law. There is full-text access to articles from PsycArticles.
      • Scopus
        Wide database that covers all fields of study. Scopus is both an article base and a citation index. Scopus indexes more journals than any other base, and the very comprehensive index and post process of cited articles make Scopus a good alternative to more specialized data bases. Scopus covers health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and increasingly also the humanities (especially European humanities and medical anthropology).
      • Web of Science (ISI)
        Article base and a citation index med references to articles within all fields of study. It contains these five bases:
        • Science Citation Index Expanded
        • Social Sciences Citation Index
        • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
        • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science
        • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities
      • WorldCat
        International library database (incl. Danish, Norwegian, and German publications). Here, you search in more than 10.000 libraries in the world.

        Nordic Databases





          • Cristin – Current Research Information System in Norway
            The Norwegian parallel to The Danish Research Database.

          • Idunn
            About Idunn 

          • NIFU
            Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) is an independent social science research institute, organized as a non-profit foundation. NIFU aims to be a leading European research organization for studies of innovation, research and education at all levels.

          • Nora
            Norwegian research publications: Articles, dissertations, books, research reports, theses.

          • NORART
            Articles in Norwegian and Nordic journals

          • Bibsys (Oria)
            Here you are allowed to search in the Norwegian academic libraries' resources, books, articles, journals, and electronic resources etc.


          • DIVA
            DiVA portal is a finding tool for research publications and student theses produced at 49 universities and research institutions.

          • Libris
            LIBRIS, The National Library of Sweden LIBRIS is the joint catalogue of the Swedish academic and research libraries with Swedish literature dating back to the 17th century: books, journals, articles, notes, maps, electronic material etc.

          • SwePub
            The Swedish parallel to The Danish Research Database: Swepub makes it possible to search among articles, conference papers, dissertations etc. published at Swedish universities and authorities. Use Swepub for an overview of what is published in your research area, to get titles in full text, abstracts and citations.


          • NB-ECEC
            ECEC-NB gathers quality-assured Scandinavian research on 0-6 year-old children in early childhood education and care. It is short for The Nordic Base of Early Childhood Education and Care.This database is e.g. for students, researchers, professionals within pedagogy and educational managers. The database is updated annually and now contains quality-assured research from 2006-2017.

          • Nord Forsk
            The Nordic Council of Ministers which finances Nordic research cooperation and provides advice and input on Nordic research policy
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          • Nordic Co-operation in education and research

          Research Portals and E-resources

            • Danish Clearinghouse for Educational Research
              Collects, analyses, and distributes results about research on pedagogical and educational areas.
            • Eurostat
              EU’s statistics organization that controls the member countries’ statistics.
            • EVA
              Denmark’s appraisal institute is an independent stately institute under the ministry of education. EVA works with appraisal and quality development – from public day-care facilities to further education.
            • Ifous – innovation, research and development in schools and pre-schools
              – is a nonprofit independent research and development (R & D) institute that works to stimulate practice-oriented research in the field of education. The aim is to support school providers in implementing research-based education and to help teachers and school-leaders to plan, carry out and evaluate teaching on the basis of research-based methods and procedures.
            • Infomedia
              Newspaper database with Danish newspapers and magazines.
            • Vive
              The social research institute is a sectoral research institute under the social ministry which contributes with socially relevant and user-oriented research within social relations including work-related, economical, and family-related relations as well as other national and international social conditions and significant features of development for the population’s living conditions.
            • Rådet for Børns Læring
              Independent council in Denmark whose purpose it is to follow, evaluate and council the minister for Children and Education about the quality in the public school and youth education. The school committee consists of a chairmanship which currently counts five member and twenty-one additional members from a line of central interests groups from the public school and youth education area.
            • Skolporten
              Information surveillance of current Swedish school news, the newest school research, and conferences.
            • The Directorate of Social Affairs
              The Directorate of Social Affairs is a part of the ministry for Children, Equality, Integration, and Social Relations whose task it is to contribute actively to a knowledge based social policy


              • Ph.d. disputations at Syddansk University
                A list over appointed disputations at The Faculty of Humanities at Syddansk University.
              • Student projects at Aalborg University Library
                Aalborg University’s project library works as an online publication of digital editions of master projects and theses from the whole university and promote these projects as informative products from AAU. From June 2008, all disputations from Aalborg University are registered and made visible in The Digital Project Library: Bachelor, professional bachelor, masters/MBA, and master degrees. Master projects can be found and downloaded in full-text while those projects that are marked as confidential are not publically available.


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