The Archaeology of Colonialism and the Making of the Modern World

Spring 2012

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-320; Maxine H. Oland (Section 01)

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources


This course guide lists some starting places for researching secondary sources (journal articles analyzing your topic) and primary sources (material artifacts/books/letters/newpaper articles, etc. from the period your are interested in examining).

We will start with a discussion of using library catalogs and journal article databases, and how to take advantage of indexed terms. here are some broad promising subject headings to start with....

      Colonies -- History -- Encyclopedias.

      Imperialism -- History -- Encyclopedias.

      Colonies -- History 

      Imperialism -- History

      Archeology and History

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980)
Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

American Periodicals (1740-1940)
Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.

Anthropological Index Online (1970 to present)
Index to current periodicals in the Museum of Mankind Library (incorporating the former Royal Anthropological Institute Library)

AnthroSource (1988 to present)
Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) (1951 to present)
Indexes about 3,000 journals and 7,000 books per year.

Social Sciences Citation Index (1984 to present)
Tracks cited references to locate more recent articles in social science.

Sociological Abstracts (1952 to present)
Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines.


Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the present
Essays on all aspects of recent African American history: people, events, places, etc.

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895
Surveys of all aspects of black history from the arrival of the first African slaves through the 19th century.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Articles surveying all aspects of the black diaspora; strongest on U.S.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
Provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of Latin American history and culture from prehistoric times to the present.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences
Covers scholarship and fields in the social sciences.

Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
Provides an authoritative survey of the Greek and Roman worlds in all their aspects

Colonialism: An International Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia. 2003. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Gale, Group. 2007. Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450. Detroit, Mich: Macmillan Reference USA.

Primary Sources

Digital resources and data in three major content areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, The African Plants Initiative and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice (1490-2007)
Thousands of pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images documenting the varieties and legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective, and the continued existence of slavery today.