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MEDLINE

MEDLINE is a product of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. It covers over 5,200 journals in the life sciences—including the medical social sciences—going back to 1949. MEDLINE is free through PUBMED at http://www.ncbi .nlm.nih.gov/pubmed. If you are working on anything that has to do with health care, MEDLINE, with its 16 million citations (and growing at around 700,000 citations a year) is a must.

OTHER DATABASES

There are dozens of subscription databases that are useful for work in anthropology. Here are just a few, to give you an idea of what’s out there.

PsycINFO, from the American Psychological Association, is a Jurassic database, covering some 2,500 journals in the behavioral and social sciences back to the 1800s. Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) is portal to databases in science, social science, and the humanities. CSA’s Sociological Abstracts covers about 1,800 journals, with nearly a million records going back to 1952. PsycINFO and Sociological Abstracts have excellent coverage of research methods, the sociology of language, occupations and professions, health, family violence, poverty, and social control. They cover the sociology of knowledge and the sociology of science, as well as the sociology of the arts, religion, and education. CSA’s Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts covers 1,500 journals, back to 1973.

Lexis/Nexis (http://www.lexisnexis.com) provides access to about five billion documents including hundreds of newspapers and the documents from the Congressional Information Service (CIS). The CIS indexes U.S. House and Senate hearings, reports entered into public access by submission to Congress, and testimony before congressional committees. You can get access to public documents published by the U.S. Congress at http://thomas.loc.gov (the ‘‘thomas’’ refers to Thomas Jefferson), but if you have access to Lexis-Nexis, it’s easier to use that service to find things in the CIS. There are congressional reports on many topics of interest to anthropologists, including reports on current social issues (housing, nutrition, cultural conservation, rural transportation). The proceedings for recognizing American Indian tribes are published in the Congressional Record and are available through CIS, as are reports on the demographics of American ethnic groups.

WorldCat is a product of OCLC (http://www.oclc.org), the Online Computer Library Center. WorldCat contains the catalogs of 71,000 libraries in over a hundred countries. If you find a book or article in the Web of Science or PsycINFO, etc., and your library doesn’t have it, then WorldCat will tell you which library does have it. Interlibrary loans depend on this database.

 
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