Users Guide to the Anthropological Literature Electronic Resource Now Available

Welcome to the inaugural posting on Tozzer Library’s blog.  We plan to post items which we hope will be of interest concerning the library’s collections and services, with an emphasis on interesting materials in the collection both new and old.  And we think there is no better place to start than by announcing a new website devoted to exploring the ins and outs of using Anthropological Literature, Tozzer Library’s database of bibliographic citations in anthropology.

Using the Anthropological Literature E-Resource

has been developed to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the database and provide some strategies for maximizing your search results.  It was developed by Helen Quigley ( quigley at, Assistant Editor/Indexer of AL, and Susan Berstler ( berstler at, Tozzer Library’s Information Technology Coordinator.

Anthropological Literature (AL) was born when the first Librarian of the Peabody Museum Library, Roland B. Dixon, began interfiling author, title and subject cards for articles appearing in the journals received by the library into the card catalog in the early 20th century.  AL’s evolution since then might be described as a classic progression in discovery tools for research in anthropology as these cards were first reproduced in a book catalog (85 volumes), then in microformat (1122 microfiche) and printed quarterly periodicals, briefly on CD ROMS and, now, in a comprehensive digital electronic database.  If you would like to know more about the history of Anthropological Literature, see the Wikipedia article about AL at

We invite you to mine the riches of Tozzer Library, one of the oldest and largest anthropology libraries in the world,  by learning how to get the most out of your search of Anthropological Literature via Using the Anthropological Literature E-Resource at

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