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Electronic Resources

Here you will find - without claiming completeness - databases, open access publications (publishers and individual titles), repositories and digital archives.

Databases of the University of Cologne, Subject Cultural and Social Anthropology

EVIFA (Virtual Library of Cultural and Social Anthropology)
Videos on EVIFA offers and services and how to search within the EVIFA virtual library

Academic Search Ultimate (via EBSCO-HOST)
Multidisciplinary database with more than 9,000 full text journals and abstracts of more than 13,800 journals

Anthropological Fieldwork Online
Extensive field research materials underlying the great ethnographies of the early 20th century and primary source texts of central scholars whose theories and methods are still influential for teaching and discussion in the field today.

Anthropology Online
Collection of ethnographic texts, field studies, life testimonies, central texts, previously unpublished source material of ethnological research, among others by Franz Boas, Margaret Mead, Claude Levi-Strauss or Clifford Geertz, and relevant research literature

Journals from their first volume to a so-called 'moving wall' (depending on the title up to 11 years before the current volume)

OLC-SSG Ethnologie (Online Contents Sondersammelgebiete)
Tables of contents of ethnological journals from 1993 onwards. no abstracts, but it is possible to check online access to the full text and the location of the journal.

Web of Science/Social Sciences Citation Index
Essay database with more than 3.45 million title references, covering all areas of the social sciences, including the neighbouring disciplines of social medicine and psychology.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
The world's largest database and most comprehensive source on theoretical and practical issues of international relations with research results on topics in international political science, diplomacy, geography, international law and economics.

eHRAF World Cultures
Indexing of over 200 peoples or ethnic groups on the basis of various sources (ethnographic monographs, articles and field research data published in manuscripts)


Environmental Information Service Namibia: eLibrary
The Environmental Information Service is Namibia's 'one-stop shop' for public environmental information. The eLibrary component includes a large volume and variety of information and new information is added on an ongoing basis. There are currently 27,065 records in the eLibrary.

OAPEN Online Library
The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.

Directory of Open Access Books
The Directory of Open Access Books lists more than 400 books in the categories "Anthropology" and "Ethnology".

Open Edition
OpenEdition brings together four platforms dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences. Read only on screen, no download possible!


HAU Books

Open Anthropology Cooperative Press

Open Humanities Press

Ubiquity Press

Mattering Press

Open Book Publishers
Leading independent Open Access publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the UK

Oxford Open
OUP open access materials

UCL Press (University College London)

Berghahn Open Access Titles


FES (Digital Library of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Bonn)

Nordic Africa Institute (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet)



Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology


Brown/McIlwraith/Tubelle de González (eds.): Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology. 2nd edition
The first peer-reviewed open access textbook for cultural anthropology courses. Produced by the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges and available free of charge for use in any setting.


Mendelsohn, Martin / Mendelsohn, John M. (eds.): Atlas of Namibia : its land, water and life (2022).


OARR (Open Anthropology Research Repositor)
Open Anthropology Research Repository is a community server established to improve and accelerate the discovery and dissemination of anthropological work, including preprints, teaching materials, and papers and posters presented at disciplinary meetings worldwide in any language. This content can be uploaded and accessed by anyone without cost.

SSOAR (Social Science Open Access Repository)
Constantly growing stock of social science documents in full text, which are freely available

Open archive of the social sciences, provides a free, non-profit, open access platform for social scientists to upload working papers, preprints, and published papers.

SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network)


OATD.org (Open Access Theses and Dissertations)

EThOS (British Library)
Online record of all doctoral theses awarded by UK HE institutions. Free access to around 160,000 full text thesis

Leiden University Repository
Consists of a number of repositories for Leiden University. Includes also African Studies Abstracts Online

Ethnographic Video Online, Volume
Access only via the university network
Over 1300 hours of ethnographic video material with English transcription. Included are mainly ethnological films, field research film reports and documentaries from all over the world, mostly in English, including films from the BBC and the non-profit organisation Documentary Educational Resources (DER).

DELFT: Digitalisierung EthnoLogischer FilmbesTand
Provision and digitisation of the ethnological film collection of 1,953 titles of the former Institute for Scientific Film (IWF) by the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB). 

Journal of Anthropological Films (JAF)
Journal of Anthropological Films (JAF) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes films that stand alone as original, empirical contributions based on social anthropological research.

National Film Board of Canada
Over 3,000 films on this site can be streamed free of charge, or downloaded for your personal use for a small fee. The Collection includes documentaries, animations, experimental films, fiction and interactive works. It showcases films that take a stand on issues of global importance that matter to Canadians—stories about the environment, human rights, international conflict, the arts and more.

Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films)
Extensive collection (more than 1.100 online resources) of archival films and born-digital videos covering a range of archaeological and anthropological topics.

African online digital library
AODL is an open access digital library of African cultural heritage materials created by Michigan State University in collaboration with museums, archives, scholars, and communities around the world.

AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies)
Growing collection of over 1 million items including language, sound, photos, video and books, all dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.

BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library)
The world’s largest open access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives. BHL is revolutionizing global research by providing free, worldwide access to knowledge about life on Earth.

Endanged Archives Programme (British Library Digital Collections)
The Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) facilitates the digitisation of archives around the world that are in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration. Contains over seven million images and 25 thousand sound tracks. Archive types digitised so far include rare printed sources, manuscripts, visual materials, audio recordings. 

MAVCOR (Center for the Study of Visual and Material Cultures of Religion)
open access peer reviewed journal and objects archive

MCN Guide to Virtual Museums
Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

Oceania Digital Collection
Drawn primarily from the Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology, this collection illuminates aspects of the vibrant cultures and diverse peoples of the Pacific Islands through 20th-century photographs, dissertations, and films.

Smithonian National Museum of Natural History
Department of Anthropology Collections and Archives

World Digital Library (WDL)
The World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world. The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.

World History Commons
World History Commons is a free, digital resource with high quality, peer-reviewed content in world and global history for teachers, scholars, and students