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Western Carolina University


Guide for finding books, articles, data, and other information for anthropology topics


Look for books written or edited by scholars and experts in anthropology. These are great for overviews on a topic as well as guidance for methods and procedures. They will often lead you to other experts and literature on the topic.


To search beyond the WCU collection, use the drop-down box in the Library Catalog to select WNCLN, which includes ASU and UNCA. Or you can use the link below. 

To search beyond the WNCLN Network, try WorldCat or FirstSearch. You can request articles and books via our Interlibrary Loan service.

Journal Articles

Anthropologists often share new discoveries via peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals. You can find these via databases such as the ones listed on this guide, including the one-search. Be sure to limit to peer review (or scholarly/peer-reviewed). Scholarly articles are written for other experts, so are less likely to include introductory materials.


How to find scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles in Anthropology:

Try the EBSCO Quick Search Box below, or one of the other recommended search tools.

Limit Your Results


Use these to find background information, to get topic ideas. Entries will point you to key resources and scholars in the discipline. 

Research Methods and Writing Guides

Anthropology Periodicals

General Interest (i.e., non-scholarly)

Scholarly Journals (Peer-reviewed)


The following are resources for finding current news information. If you are looking for historical information, visit our Historical Newspapers Guide.