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Anthropology Subject Guide: Websites

Resources for research in anthropology.


Ask these questions to get a sense for whether your source is reliable:

  • Ask who is responsible for the information.
    Are they qualified to teach you? What are their qualifications? Do they have a name, and can you contact them? Why are they providing this information?

  • Ask whether the information can be verified.
    Do other sources agree? Are they providing citations so you can follow their research?

  • Ask how current the information is.
    Has the field of research changed significantly since the information was published? Does the research deal with all relevant discoveries or information? If the information is several years old, what holes might exist in the research? Can you fill these holes with other sources?

  • Ask whether the information is objective.
    Does it present both sides of an issue? Is it designed to persuade you? Does anything about the information seem fishy?


Academic Info: Anthropology
Contains links to websites concerned with many aspects of anthropology, including archaeology, cultural and social anthropology, linguistics, and many more.

American Anthropological Association
The primary professional society of anthropologists in the United States since its founding in 1902, is the world's largest professional organization of individuals interested in anthropology.

American Anthropological Association: Anthropology Resources on the Internet
Provides links to websites dealing with archaeology, ethnography, general anthropology resources, and more. Includes a list of email discussion groups.

Library of Congress's Ethnographic Resources related to Folklore, Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, and the Humanities
Provides links to general anthropology resources, journals and newsletters, archives and museums, and more.

Social Science Information Gateway: Anthropology
Evaluates and categorizes anthropology websites. For each website, there is a description, list of keywords, list of subjects, and a resource type (for example, organisations/societies, resource guides, educational materials, and so on).

WWW Virtual Library: Anthropology
Contains links to websites dealing with archaeology, cultural anthropology, specialized fields within anthropology, and more.