Research & Writing Resources

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Online Indexes and Downloadable Articles

There are lots of online materials on anthropological subjects that can be easily discovered through the York Library subject research guides.

DO NOT use Google to find resources. The Library based research databases will point you to appropriate ACADEMIC sources. Articles in these databases have been peer-reviewed by other anthropologists who ensure that they meet the high academic standards we demand in student research essays.

Among the best of these databases is: Anthrosource. It contains 100 years of anthropological material online, including: current issues for 15 of the American Anthropological Association's (AAA) most critical peer-reviewed publications through the end of 2006, including American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly; an electronic archive of all AAA journals; seamless access to archival content housed at JSTOR for key AAA publications.

Anthropology Plus selectively indexes over 800 journals on a variety of topics in anthropology. Reports and commentaries, as well as articles, are indexed. Some journals are in languages other than English. Coverage is from the late 19th century - present.

Library Resources

The Scott Library contains a wealth of anthropological material. The most frequently asked question we hear is: How can I tell if a book is anthropological?

There is no one way to be absolutely sure, since many anthropological works may be shelved by theme (such as sexuality), rather than subject area (such as anthropology). In the Library of Congress classification system, all call-numbers starting with GN are in the subject of Anthropology.

If the call number does not begin with GN, look to see if the book is based upon the fieldwork methodology. Is the approach ethnographic? Does it relate the way other groups see the world?

Online Blogs

"Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology" is a group blog founded in 2005 that covers a wide range of Anthropological issues and news items. In 2006 Nature ranked Savage Minds 17th out of the 50 top science blogs across all scientific disciplines. In 2010, American Anthropologist has called Savage Minds “the central online site of the North American anthropological community” whose “value is found in the quality of the posts by the site’s central contributors, a cadre of bright, engaged, young anthropology professors.”

Scroll to the bottom of their homepage for links to other Anthropology Blogs.

InTensions is an interdisciplinary peer reviewed e-journal published out of Fine Arts at York University. This initiative brings together interventions by scholars and artists whose work deals with the theatricality of power, corporealities of structural violence, and sensory regimes.

ART/E/FACT is a publication designed for both artists and anthropologists to explore connections between their practices. This collaboration invites you to a dialogue about the space between artistic mediums and anthropological methodology. It is published through the Centre for Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

This online tutorial will help you understand anthropological approaches to Kinship and Social Organization.

Essay Services

You didn't really think we would recommend this, did you? Please see the section on Academic Integrity/Honesty below. Note that students found guilty of academic misconduct may face a range of penalties from lower grades on assignments to failure in the course.

Hints on Writing Papers in Anthropology

Read these hints each time you start preparing for, and each time you start writing, any paper. These are general comments on content and form; individual instructors may have additional suggestions or requirements. You can also check out the series of videos produced by the Learning Commons on how to access library services to help you write your essay.

Anthropological Essay Citation Style

Anthropology Essays should use in text citations, NOT footnotes. The American Anthropological Association uses the Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Date system) for citations and bibliographies. Find more information on the Chicago Manual of Style.

The York University Writing Department

The Writing Department combines the resources and offerings of the units previously known as the Centre for Academic Writing in the Faculty of Arts and as Atkinson Writing Programs in Atkinson College. The Writing Department provides credit courses and, through its Writing Centre, one-to-one and small group instruction.


All introduction to Anthropology courses should start as creatively as this one, taught at LaTrobe University in Australia, which was interupted by a Bollywood Flash Mob.

Trying to explain to your parents why you're majoring in Anthropology ("in what?")? Do it with the Anthropology Song.

Watch Michael Wesch for an anthropological take on being a student and how we educate; and on the effects of the internet. His TED-talk on new media suggests the ways in which apps are transforming our very ability to think critically. He also has his own YouTube channel on Digital Ethnography.

The Royal Anthropological Institute also has their own YouTube channel.

The BBC has produced several series with anthropological themes. Those found on YouTube are somewhat melodramatic and dated, but still of value. They include the series First Contact, Tales from the Jungle (a series on the founders of the discipline, including Bronislaw Malinowski and Margaret Mead) and "Strange Beliefs: Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard".

Cambridge Anthropologist  Alan MacFarlane has his own channel where he has uploaded many of his ethnographic films, as well as lecture series. This includes his "Virtual Village in the Himalayas" and "Interviews with (and lectures by) interesting thinkers" (which includes Anthropologists Clifford Geertz, Mary Douglas, Fredrik Barth, Edmund Leach, Sidney Mintz, Andre Beteille and hundreds of others).

AN3220 Class video goes viral on YouTube! “Barter That,” a parody of Young Money’s “Roger That” video was produced by students in a York University anthropology class. The video is a commentary on Anthropologist David Graeber's new book "Debt."