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Anthropology: Databases

What is a Database?

Databases are collections of references to journal articles, chapters in books, book reviews, conference proceesdings, reports and in some cases, theses and dissertations.
In many cases databases include the full text of journal articles. Access to these databases is paid for by the university.

In some cases only the abstract is available. In this case, you will need to search the library catalogue to see if the journal is available in print.
If the library does not subscribe to the journal you will need to get the article from another institution by using the Inter Library Loan facility.
Databases A-Z provides links to all of UKZN's subscription databases.

Open access journal databases

Some examples:

Some Online Databases

Online databases are most useful for finding articles when you do not know in which journals articles are published.
Some databases are multidisciplinary and cover a wide range of subjects e.g. EbscoHost, while others are subject specific, covering a particular subject or discipline e.g. Anthropological Index Online. Other databases are limited to particular geographic areas, e.g Sabinet  covers Africa, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.

A Selection of Anthropology Databases

The following are a selection of electronic databases that are helpful for Anthropology:
African Journals Online (AJOL) provides bibliographic information on journal articles published in Africa.
Anthropological Index Online is a bibliographic database of journals held by the Museum’s Anthropology Library.
EBSCOhost provides access to many databases including the following listed below. Choose the database from EbscoHost Web page. You can search within a single database or select more than one database to search in one time:
       *Academic Search Complete
       *Africa-Wide Information
       *Humanities Source
       *MLA International Bibliography
JSTOR is a database of back issues of core journals. All issues of each journal are included in full-text except for the most recent 2 to 5 years.
Project MUSE offers full-text online access to a comprehensive selection of humanities and social science journals.
ProQuest is an international, multidisciplinary database. Search the following indexes:
     *International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
     *Proquest Dissertations & Theses
     *Proquest Research Library: The Arts

Sabinet is an interdisciplinary database focusing mostly on South Africa but does include some African information. Search the following indexes:
      *SA ePublications (South Africa & African electronic journals)
      *Index to SA Periodicals (ISAP - no full-text)
      *SA Media
Springer Link is a huge multidisciplinary database with full-text articles published in many of the journals to which the Library subscribes.
SwetsWise is a multidisciplinary database covering authoritative titles from core literature.
Wiley Online Library hosts a broad multidisciplinary collection of online resources published by Wiley-Blackwell.

How do I access databases from off Campus?

Use the Off-campus Access link if you are not on campus.

  • You will need a valid LAN username and password to access databases from off-campus.  This refers to the username and password you use to access the computers on campus.
  • For more information on accessing UKZN library e-resources from off-campus, consult our FAQ's

Searching Multiple Databases

Google Scholar indexes much of the content in available databases. Click on the hyperlinks below  to search.

Google Scholar links up with the database subscriptions of UKZN to enable you to gain full-text access if it is available.

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