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Cultural Anthropology

Ref.: Franz Boas posing for Kwakiutl Hamatsa figure group at the Smithsonian Institution, 1895.

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Databases are great sources for finding information for your research paper. In databases, you will find peer-reviewed or scholarly articles, news articles, videos, and more for your research. Databases pull their information from a variety of Journals and other sources and compile it so that it is more easily found by the researcher. It is important to note that not any one database contains all the information a researcher needs, so be sure to check across several databases when searching for information. 

What are the differences between articles, journals, and databases?

An Electronic Journal (or E-journal) is a traditional journal that is in an electronic format; either because it was originally created that way, or because someone took a print journal article and scanned it to make it available electronically.

Database is what is created when a large number of electronic journals are put in one place and a search interface (usually a search box) is added to help find what you need. Both databases and electronic journals can be subject specific. When you have a database that only has the title or abstract, but not the full text, it is usually referred to as an Index.

Databases Specific to Anthropology

Video Resources in Anthropology

Videos in Cultural Anthropology

Below is a video that documents the Hopi's Origin Story. The study of religion and language, such as the one featured in this video, are important factors (but not the only ones) that shape culture. 



The Anthropologist follows American teenager, Katie Crate, over the course of five years as she travels alongside her mother Susie, a cultural anthropologist, studying the impact of climate change on different communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures.

General Databases

Locating Full-Text Articles

Select Find it @ FAU if the article you are looking for does not appear as full text in the database.

Last updated on May 31, 2024 2:31 PM