WHAT IS ANTHROPOLOGY? - an explanation from the Amer. Anthropological Assoc.


COD LIBRARY CATALOG: Books and Videos in the COD Library only

I-SHARE (formerly Illinet Online): A catalog of items in 76 Illinois academic libraries
Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what C.O.D. uses to arrange its books)


Culture and Customs of... A list of a series of books at the COD Library on various countries around the world.

Cultures of the World . A list of a series of books at the COD Library on various cultures and countries around the world.

List of Electronic Books at the COD Library that contain in the catalog record the keywords of anthropology or anthropological or anthropologist or ehtnographic or ethnography or ethnographical or ethnographer or ethnology or ethnological or ethnologist

ANTHROBASE: Multilingual Database of Anthropological Texts

Country Studies - Area Handbooks (Library of Congress) Textbooks about most of the countries of the world. While not current, they can provide historical/ethnographic information. Many of the books are also in the Library's collection.

Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology online texts.

Studying Visual Communication, by Sol Worth. Full text book.

Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture, by Clifford Geertz.

Academic Videos Online (a large collection of streaming videos, many of them Ethnographic or Sociological, not listed in our Library Catalog)
The Archaeology Channel, for streaming videos
Ethnographic Videos, Volume II (for more Ethnographic videos not inthe Academice Videos Online database)
Internet Archive - Cultural Videos.


CREDO REFERENCE. Type in your terms in the search box to find articles from many different online reference books.

GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY. Type in your terms in the search box to find articles from many different online reference books.

Anthropology Glossary. From the University of Alabama.

Anthropology Theories. From the University of Alabama.

Atlas for Anthropology. Ref. G 1046 .E 1 S 1 1968.

Biographical Dictionary of Anthropologists.

Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology. General GN 20 .B 56 2004

Biographies of Anthropologists. From Indiana University.

Cambridge Dictionary of Human Biology and Evolution. . Reference QP 34.5 .M 24 2005

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Hunters and Gatherers . General GN 388 .C 35 1999.

Cultural Anthropology Glossary.

Definitions of Anthropological Terms. From Oregon State University.

Dictionary of Anthropology from Anthrobase.

Dictionary of Concepts in Cultural Anthropology. Reference GN 307 .W 56 1991.

Dictionary of Race, Ethnicity and Culture .

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Print editon Reference AE 5 .E 363 2005

Encyclopedia of Anthropology.

Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World .

Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology. Reference GN 307 .E 52 1996

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society . (2009)

Encyclopedia of Global Studies

Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History. Reference TT 957 .S 46 2006

Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture. Reference CB 201 .E 53 1997

Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms .

Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society. Reference HT 1521 .E 63 2008.

Encyclopedia of Rural America: The Land and People. Reference E 169 .E 5 1997

Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology (2nd ed., 2010)

Encyclopedia of Urban America: The Cities and the Suburbs .

Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures: Cities and Cultures around the World. Reference HT 108.5 .E 53 2002.

Faces Around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the Human Face . (2012)

Human Evolution: A Guide to the Debates . (2004)

International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family .

Key Concepts in Ethnography. . (2009)

Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences..

Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology. (2nd ed., 2010)

The Sage Dictionary of Cultural Studies . (2004)

Student Atlas of Anthropology. Reference G 1046 .E 1 S 783.



You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Anthrosource. This provides citations and texts for articles in the professional journals and newsletters of the American Anthropological Association. Look at the top right side for the journal citation search feature. Those who are members of the AAA can log in and retrieve the full-text of the articles.

Academic OneFile (formerly Expanded Academic Index ASAP). An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas including anthropology. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.

Academic Search Premier/Complete. [EBSCOhost]1984 to present; 1990 to present- full text). Abstracts from nearly 3000 journals and full text for 1250 journals including general reference, education, social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, library and information science. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.

The American Museum of Natural History Publications, full-text online. The free site has the contents of the following publications: American Museum Novitates, Anthropological Papers of the American Musuem of Natural History, Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, and the Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History.

CultureGrams Culturegrams is a core reference resource on understanding the world's peoples through the documentation of the unique details of their customs, traditions, and daily life.

SocIndex with Full-Text articles. The database features more than 1,700,000 records with subject headings from a 15,600 term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. This product also contains informative abstracts for more than 740 "core" coverage journals dating as far back as 1895. In addition, this database provides data mined from more than 540 "priority" coverage journals as well as from over 2,800 "selective" coverage journals. Further, extensive indexing for books/monographs, conference papers, and other content sources is included.


The Annual Review of Anthropology. Index of citations only. The paper copies are in the Library's General circulating collection with the call number of: GN 1 .A 623, from volume 1 on. Some full-text articles are also available in the Academic Search Complete database in the previous section of this list of databases.

The Anthropological Index of the Royal Anthropological Institute. This is a free index of citations, but there are no full-text articles connected to the citations. No COD Library Card needed for this service.

Anthropology Book Reviews database (ARD).

Anthropology in the News! A digest of news articles, from Texas A & M University.

Google Scholar. This provides access to many free full-text articles, as well as citations to many other articles.

Handbook of Latin American Studies. Citations-only database from the U.S. Library of Congress.

JSTOR: Scholarly Journals Archive of Older Issues.

Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents (LAPTOC). No full-text articles.

Open Access Journals Directory (free full-text journal articles)

Project MUSE. An archive of older articles from scholarly journals.


Common Ground. Full-text journal from the U.S. National Park Service (NPS).

CRM (Cultural Resource Management): The Journal of Heritage Stewardship. Full-text free journal.

The Internet Journal of Biological Anthropology. A free peer-reviewed journal.

Micronesia Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences. From Charles Stuart University in Australia.

Museum Anthropology Review. A free full-text online journal.

More COD Library journal and newspaper article databases.
Does the C.O.D. Library own the journal that I need?
Explanation of the Difference between Journals and Magazines.
How to Read a Research Study Article.


Native American Artifacts assignment





Geosource. International sources on geography, demography, environment.
Global Rural - Urban Mapping Project.
Global Urban Research Unit (GURU).
Google Earth! Combine satellite images with maps and photos to visually explore the world.
Google Maps Mania blog!
Graphs - How to make them tutorials.
Local Hometown Information.
Population and Demography Sites from the Librarian's Index to the Internet
Regional Studies Sites from the Virtual Library
Sprawl City: Consumption Growth and Population Growth information.
State and Local Government web sites directory.
Statistics selected by your Geography from Federal Stats/Map Stats.


You can also look up resources about individual countries here, which will include information about ethnic/culture groups within those countries.

Reference Books

Asian American Encyclopedia. Reference E 184 .O 6 A 827 1995

Atlas of World Cultures: A Geographical Guide to Ethnographic Literature. Reference G 1046 .E 1 P 7 1989

Cassell's People's, Nations, and Cultures . (2005)

Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia. (2012)

.....Encyclopedia of Diasporas : Immigrant and Refugee Cultures around the World. Reference DS 134 .E 63 2004
.....Encyclopedia of the Chinese Overseas. Reference DS 732 .E 53 1999
.....Encyclopdeida of the Indian Diaspora. Reference DS 432.5 .E 53 2006
.....The New African Diaspora. (2009)

Dictionary of Latin American Racial and Ethnic Terminology. Reference GN 562 .S 74 1999

Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook Series
...Canada. General F 1035 .A 1 B 86 2003
...Iran .
...Nigeria. General GN 653 .G 67 2003
...South Africa.
...The Former Soviet Union. Reference DK 33 .M 54 2004
...The Former Yugoslavia. General DR 1246 .K 59 2004

Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History.

Encyclopedia of African Peoples. Reference DT 15 .E 53 2000

Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today (2010)

Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples. Reference F 1006 .E 63 1999

Encyclopedia of European Peoples. Reference D 1056 .W 35 2006

Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Ref. E 184 .S 75 O 97 2005

Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World's Cultures . Reference RA 418 .E 354 2004.

Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts. Reference GN 496 .E 56 2003

Encyclopedia of Stateless Nations: Ethnic and National Groups Around the World. Reference D 860 .M 56 2002

Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Africa and the Middle East. Reference GN 645 .E 53 2009

Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Asia and Oceania. (2009)

Encyclopedia of the World's Minorities. Reference GN 495 .E 63 2005

Encyclopedia of World Cultures. .

Endangered Peoples: Struggles to Survive and Thrive series:
Africa and the Middle East. General GN 635 .N 42 E 53 2002
Arctic. General GN 673 .E 72 2000
Europe. General D 1056.2 .E 85 E 63 2001
Latin America. General E 65 .E 57 2001
North America. General E 98 .E 85 E 53 2002
Southeast and East Asia. General GN 635 .S 58 E 5 2000

Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military: An Encyclopedia. (2012)

Ethnic Groups of Africa and the Middle East: An Encyclopedia. . (2011)

Ethnic Groups of Europe: An Encyclopedia. . (2011)

Ethnic Groups of North, East, and Central Asia: An Encyclopedia. (2014)

Ethnic Groups of South Asia and the Pacific: An Encyclopedia. (2012)

Ethnic Groups of the Americas. . (2013)

Ethnic Groups Worldwide: A Ready Reference Handbook. . Reference GN 325 .L 46 1998.

Ethnic Relations: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia. Reference GN 307 .E 64 E 8 1994

The Ethnopolitical Encyclopedia of Europe. Reference GN 492 .E 86 2004.

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America. Reference E 184 .A 1 G 14 2000.

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Homes through World History. General NA 7105 .S 74 2009

Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Issues: An Encyclopedia. Reference GF 50 .J 65 2003

Latino America: A State - by - State Encyclopedia. Reference E 184 .S 75 L 35555 2008

Muslim Peoples: A World Ethnographic Survey. Reference DS 35.625 .A 1 M 87 1984

Native Americans: An Encyclopedia of History, Cutlures and Peoples. .

Peoples of the Caribbean. Reference F 1619 .S 38 2005

Peoples of the World: The Culture, Geographical Setting and Historical Background series:
Africans South of the Sahara. Reference DT 352.42 .M 67 1991
Asians and Pacific Islanders. Reference GN 625 .M 67 1993
Eastern Europe and the Post-soviet Republics. Reference DJK 26 .M 67 1993
Middle East and North Africa. Reference DS 58 .M 67 1992
Western Europeans. Reference D 21.3 .M 67 1993

They do What? : A Cultural Encyclopedia of Extraordinary and Exotic Customs from Around the World.

World Cultures Encyclopedia / Countries and Their Cultures Encyclopedia.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life. 4 volumes. Reference GN 333. W67.


Medieval/Dark Ages Archaeology
What is Archaeology? From the Society for American Archaeology (SAA)

Reference Books

* Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land. Reference DS 111 .A 2 A 73 2001

* Archaeological Method and Theory: An Encyclopedia. General CC 75 .A 654 2000

* Archaeology in America: An Encyclopedia. Reference E 159.5 .A 68 2009

* Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia. Reference F 1218.6 .A 73 2001

* Archaeology of Prehistoric Native America: An Encyclopedia. Reference E 77.9 .A 72 1998

* Companion Encyclopedia of Archaeology. General CC 70 .C 59 1999

* Dictionary of Archaeology. General CC 70 .D 53 1999

* Dictionary of Artifacts. Reference CC 70 .K 55 2007

* Dictionary of Concepts in Archaeology. Reference CC 70 .M 45 1993.

* Directory of Archaeology Societies and Organizations.

* Encyclopedia of Archaeology. (2008)

* Encyclopedia of Archaeology: History and Discoveries . Ref. CC 100 .E 54 2001.

* Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology and Traditional Culture. Ref. F 1619 .S 38 2005

* Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology: From Atlantis to the Walam Olum. Reference CC 70 .F 43 2010

* Encyclopedia of Pre-Colonial Africa: Archaeology, History, Languages, Culture. General DT 2 .E 53 1997

* Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. Reference DT 58 .E 53 1999

* Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology. General CC 77 .U 5 E 53 1998.

* Illinois Archaeological Sites Directory: Places of the Past.

* Milestones in Archaeology: A Chronological Encyclopedia. Reference CC 100 .M 87 2007

*Mummies Around the World : An Encyclopedia of Mummies in History, Religion, and Popular Culture. (2015)

* The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East. Reference DS 56 .O 9 1997

* Places of the Past: A Guidebook to Illinois Archaeological Sites.


* Archeology Technical Briefs. Technical reports from the U.S. National Park Service (NPS).

Internet Sites

* About Archaeology.

* Anthropology/Archaeology/Social Science Resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL)

* Archaeological Images and Texts - Pictures of Record.

* Archaeology/Anthropology Resources.

* ArchNet: WWW Virtual Library of Archaeology. University of Arizona.

* National Archaeological Database. U.S. National Park Service (NPS).

* Society for American Archaeology.

Medieval Age/Celts/Vikings

The Society for Medieval Archaeology
Medieval Archaeology in Europe background reading.
*List of books on daily life during the Medieval period.
List of books at the COD Library on Celtic culture.
List of books at the COD Library on Vikings.

All Things Medieval: An Encyclopedia of the Medieval World. (2011)

*An Atlas for Celtic Studies : Archaeology and Names in Ancient Europe and Early Medieval Ireland, Britain, and Brittany. General CB 206 .K 634 2007

*An Atlas of Anglo-Saxon England. General G 1816 .S 2 1981

*Ancient Europe 8000 B.C.--A.D. 1000 : Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World. Reference D 62 .A 52 2004

*Atlas of Medieval Europe. Reference G 1791 .M 2 2007

*Atlas of the Medieval World. Reference D 117 .M 35 2004

*Atlas of the Year 1000. General G 1034 .M 15 1999

*The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England. Reference DA 152 .B 58 1999

*Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia. Reference CB 206 .C 45 2006

*Cultural Atlas of the Viking World. General DL 65 .C 84 1994

*Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Reference D 114 .D 5 1982

*Early Peoples of Britain and Ireland. Reference DA 135 .E 27 2008

*Encyclopaedia of the Viking Age. General DL 65 .H 39 2000

*Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore. Reference BL 900 .M 66 2004

*Medieval Archaeology journal. Volumes 1-50 available free online.

*Medieval Archaeology: An Encyclopedia. Reference D 125 .M 42 2001

*Medieval England: An Encyclopedia. Reference DA 129 .M 43 1998

*Medieval Europe, 814-1350. Reference D 102 .M 38 2002

*Medieval France: An Encyclopedia. Reference DC 33.2 .M 44 1995

*Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia. Reference DS 36.85 .M 434 2006

*Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia. Reference DG 443 .M 43 2004

*Medieval Jewish Civilization: An Encyclopedia. Reference DS 124 .M 386 2003

*Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Reference DF 521 .O 93 1991


Society for Applied Anthropology website
Library guide for Social Science Research

Background Readings
What is Applied Anthropology?
What is Business Anthropology?
Anthropology and Business
Atnhropology and Consumer Behavior
Objectively Understanding Your Corporate Culture

List of COD Library books on Applied Anthropology
List of COD Library books on Business Anthropology
List of COD Library books on Corporate Culture
Journal of Business Anthropology (open access)

Reference Works
Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society Reference HF 5387 .E 53 2008

Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture Reference HC 79 .C 6 E 53 2011

Encyclopedia of Human Relationships

Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Encyclopedia of Power

Encyclopedia of Public Choice

Handbook of Cultural Transformation (GALE Business Insights)

Key Concepts in Organization Theory. (2013)

21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook With chapters on: work and occupations, industrial sociology, sociology of organizations, group dynamics, etc.

Business Information for Other Countries
Library Guide to International Business Be sure to look at the A to Z World Business database and the globalEdge website, along with the websites of the embassies of other countries, for business and cultural information about other countries.
CultureGrams Culturegrams is a core reference resource on understanding the world's peoples through the documentation of the unique details of their customs, traditions, and daily life.

List of COD Library Books on International Business
Global Business Etiquette: A Guide to International Communications and Customs. General HF 5389 .M 375 2006


Library Research Guide for Fashion
Background Reading on Clothing, the Body, and Society.
Background reading on Clothing and Religion.
List of books on Clothing and Culture at the COD Library
List of books on Veils at the COD Library
List of books and videos in the COD Library on the Social Aspects of Clothing.

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. Reference GT 507 .E 53 2005

Encyclopedia of National Dress: Traditional Clothing Around the World. Reference GT 507 .E 535 2013

Ethnic Dress in the United States: A Cutlural Encyclopedia. (2015)

The Fabrics of Culture: The Anthropology of Clothing and Adornment. General GT 525 .F 33x

Fashion, Costume and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages. Reference GT 511 .P 46 2004

Fashion, Culture, and Identity. General GT 525 .D 38 1992

Feet and Footwear: A Cultural Encyclopedia. (2009)

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing through American History: 1900 to the Present. (2008)

Hats and Hatwear around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia. (2013)

The Social Psychology of Clothing: Symbolic Appearances in Context. General GT 524 .K 36 1990

Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear. General GT 1900 .F 87 2002

Wedding Dress across Cultures. General GT 1752 .W 43 2003

World Clothing and Fashion: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence. Reference GT 507 .S 6 2013


Holidays and Rituals background reading.

African American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations. Reference GT 4803 .A 2 G 39 2007

Celebremos! : Las Fiestas de México, Cuba, y Puerto Rico, y su Vigencia en los Estados Unidos General
GT 4803 .M 4518 2002

Encyclopeida of American Holidays and National Days. Reference GT 4803 .A 2 E 63 2006

Fertility Goddesses, Groundhog Bellies & the Coca-Cola Company : The Origins of Modern Holidays. General GT 3930 .K 35 2006

Festivals of the World : The Illustrated Guide to Celebrations, Customs, Events, and Holidays. General GT 3930 .B 74 2002

The Folklore of World Holidays. Reference GT 3930 .F 65 1991

Holiday Symbols and Customs. Reference GT 3930 .T 48 2003

Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary. (2010)

Patriotic Holidays of the United States. Reference JK 1761 .H 46 2006

Religious Holidays and Calendars : An Encyclopedic Handbook. (2004)

Traditional Festivals: A Multicultural Encyclopedia. Reference GT 3925 .R 69 2005

We are What We Celebrate : Understanding Holidays and Rituals. General GT 3930 .W 37 2004


  • COD Library Religious Studies Research Guide
  • What is Anthropology of Religion? - a background reading.
    Background reading on Religion and Clothing.

    *African American Religious Cultures. Reference BL 2500 .A 37 2009

    *Encyclopedia of Religion and Society. Reference BL 60 .E 53 1998

    *Encyclopedia of Religious Rites, Rituals, and Festivals. Reference BL 31 .E 47 2004

    *Hispanic American Religious Cultures. Reference BL 2525 .H 57 2009

    *Islam in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives. Reference BP 161.3 .I 74 2004

    *Religion and American Culture: An Encyclopedia of Traditions, Diversity, and Popular Expressions. Reference BL 2525 .R 448 2008

    *Religion and Violence : An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present. (2011)

    *Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices. Reference BL 80.3 .N 38 2011

    *Understanding Islam and Muslim Traditions : An Introduction to the Religious Practices, Celebrations, Festivals, Observances, Beliefs, Folklore, Customs, and Calendar System of the World's Muslim Communities. General BP 161.3 .G 85 2004

    * Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices . (2014)


    What is Sociolinguistics?

    Reference Books

    Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger of Disappearing. Reference G 1046 .E 3 A 85 2001.

    The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences. (2011)

    The Color of Words: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Ethnic Bias in the U.S. Reference. E 184 .A 1 H 466 1997.

    Concise Encyclopedia of Lnaguage and Religion. Reference P 41 .C 65 2001.

    Concise Encyclopedia of Sociolinguistics. (2001)

    A Dictionary of Made-up Languages : From Adûnaic to Elvish, Zaum to Klingon-- the Anwa (real) Origins of Invented Lexicons. Reference P 120 .I 53 R 64 2011

    The Dictionary of Historical and Comparative Linguistics. Reference P 143 .T 727 2000.

    Dictionary of Languages: The Definitive Reference to More than 400 Languages. . (2006)

    Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe. Reference P 380 .E 53 1998.

    Facts about the World's Languages. Reference P 371 .F 33 2000.

    International Encyclopedia of Linguistics. 4 vols. Reference P 29 .I 58 2003.

    Key Ideas in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language: An Encyclopedia.

    Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech. By Edwar Sapir. A printed copy is also available in the Library's General Collection at call number P 105 .S 2 1949.

    Language and Communication: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia. Reference GN 307 .E 64 L 36 1998.

    NTC's Dictionary of China's Cultural Code Words. General DS 721 .D 39 1996.

    NTC's Dictionary of Japan's Cultural Code Words. General DS 821 .D 467 1994.

    NTC's Dictionary of Mexican Cultural Code Words. General F 1210 .D 38 1996.

    The Oxford English Dictionary (OED). (for word histories)
    Reference PE 1625 .O 87 1991

    Word Origins Dictionary.

    Internet Sites

    "Do You Speak American?" from PBS. Lanugages of the World.

    The Modern Language Association Language Map.

    Sociolinguistics: A Complete Guide to Facts and Resources.