In addition to library databases, many super information resources of interest to anthropologists are available through the Internet pages of international organizations. A good place to start is the University of Michigan Document Center’s page, “International Organizations and Related Information” at This page will point you to the portals for thousands of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, like the Union of International Associations’ guide to IGOs and NGOs at The Michigan site will also point you directly to international agency sites, like the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, with many full-text reports on its projects since 1986. Interested in ‘‘shrimp aquaculture”? Go to FAO’s archiving site at and type that phrase into the search engine to find reports on local farming practices. Go to the site of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) at for the latest statistics on the refugees around the world. Go to the site of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at for the latest statistics on health indicators for countries in North and South America.

There is a world of high-quality documents available on the Internet. The Anthropology Review Database at provides an expanding list of reviews of books, articles, and software of interest to anthropologists. The Scout Report, at, is an expanding database of Internet sites. Search the site for “anthropology” and you’ll find lots of useful, full-text resources, like the one at http://, devoted to Native American technology and art.

To find general information about particular countries of the world, start with the Yahoo server and also consult the CIA Factbook at Going to the Manu’a Islands to do fieldwork? Detailed maps for just about every country and region of the world (including the Manu’a Islands) are available online at maps/index.html. For websites developed and maintained by particular countries, start with All government statistical reports are subject to error. Use with caution (box 3.5).

The logic of Boolean operators is used in database management—about which, more at the end of chapter 13 on field notes.

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