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Anthropology: Encyclopedias (Online & Print)



  • Credo Reference -- Provides access to a collection of aggregated and integrated reference books from high-quality publishers.
  • Encyclopedia of Islam (online) -- The Encyclopaedia of Islam (Second Edition) Online sets out the present state of our knowledge of the Islamic World. It is a unique and invaluable reference tool, an essential key to understanding the world ofIslam, and the authoritative source not only for the religion, but also for the believers and the countries in which they live.
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, 2008 -- The original 1995 encyclopedia, an award winner from both the American Library Association (Dartmouth Certificate) and the American Historical Association, was celebrated as a landmark in the development of Latin American studies (The Americas). This new edition adds nearly 600 entirely new topics, replaces some 150 obsolete entries, and also provides substantial revisions to hundreds more. Every one of the 5,700+ entries has been reviewed for currency of content and bibliography.
  • Encyclopedia of Religion 2nd Edition -- This is a second edition of Eliade's famous work.  Essential coverage of all aspects of religion.
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music -- The first comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. More than 9,000 pages of material, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world, make this the most complete body of work focused on world music.
  • Native American Authors -- an Internet Public Library Bibliographic Project Covers roughly 400 American Indian authors, 700 books, and 200 URLs, accessible by author, title, or tribe. Intended as an annotated bibliography of print and Web sources on American Indian authors.


  • REF GN 307 .D485 1997 Barfield, Thomas. The Dictionary of Anthropology. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, Inc., 1997. 
  • REF GN 495.4 .E63 2005 Skutch, Carl, ed.  Encyclopedia of the World's Minorities NY:  Routledge, 2005.  Especially useful for indigenous peoples.
  • REF GN 307 .E52 Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology. 4 vols. NY: Henry Holt & Co., 1996. Sponsored by the Human Relations Area Files, this set covers regions, topics, races, themes, and trends in the discipline.
  • REF GN 380 .I57 The Indigenous World Copenhagen:  IWGIA, annual.  Record of the year's events for indigenous peoples worldwide.
  • REF GN 307 .E53 1991 Encyclopedia of World Cultures. 10 vols. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1991. Descriptive summaries of cultures, with each volume containing an entire continent. Entries follow a pattern to describe the history, economy, kinship, marriage, and family patterns, social and political organization, religion, and arts of each culture, with a brief bibliography to round them off. Maps, glossaries, filmographies, and indexes of ethnonyms, which help identify scattered cultures such as the Rom (or gypsies).
  • REF E 77 .H25 Handbook of North American Indians Washington, D.C.:  Smithsonian Institution, 1988+.  The starting place for information about American Indians.  Each volume covers a region, so some tribes may not be represented yet, as the set is still in progress.  There is also a volume on Indian-White relations.

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