Archaeology Electronic Resources


Find Articles in Journals, Magazines, Periodicals

Archaeology rich indexes

ABIA South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology index (Online)

ATLA religion database (Online)  (covers biblical archaeology)

Anthropology plus  (combines Anthropological Index and Anthropological Literature databases)

AnthroSource (American Anthropological Association full-text publications)

Art full text (indexes core archaeology journals)

Art index retrospective (indexes core archaeology journals)

Avery index to architectural periodical(includes some journals not covered in the art indexes)

General science full text

GeoRef (Online) (American GeoSciences Institute; international)

HAPI online (Hispanic American Periodicals Index)

Index Islamicus (Middle East coverage)

JSTOR Browse by Subject (Archaeology)(click on Journals)

Project Muse (limit results to articles)

Projekt Dyabola (includes Archäologische Bibliographie)

Web of science (search one or all) Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Science Citation Index)

Related and general indexes

AATA Online (Getty Conservation Institute; preservation and conservation of material culture heritage)

Academic search premier

America, history and life (Online) (historical and North American archaeology)

L’Année philologique (Online) (Classical)

Bibliography of Asian studies (covers East, Southeast, and South Asia in international journals from 1971 to the present)

Conference proceedings citation index social science & humanities (from 1990 on; international)

FRANCIS (international humanities and social science)

HeinOnline. Law Journal Library (laws and legislation–cultural heritage, artifacts; suggested search form)

Historical abstracts (Online) (archaeology in historical, social, cultural, political contexts)

Humanities full text

Humanities & social sciences index retrospective: 1907-1984

International Medieval bibliography

Periodicals archive online (backfiles of scholarly periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences; international; multilingual)

Readers’ guide full text mega (mainly popular magazines)

Readers’ guide retrospective, 1890-1982



FOLD&R (Fasti On Line Documents & Research)  (journal of Roman Empire area excavations from 2000 and forward)

JSTOR Browse by Subject (Archaeology)

Project Muse (limit results to articles)

eJournals (search for a known title here)

eBook Collections

The Cambridge companions complete collection (literature, philosophy, religion, classics, cultural studies, and music)

Ebrary (all subject areas; keyword searchable; includes many Springer and Routledge publications)

Eighteenth Century collections online (“antiquities” and travel)

Oxford scholarship online

ProQuest dissertations & theses (PQDT) (“full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997″)

Springer Link  (access years and archaeology titles limited; also check ebrary and BULS)

Open access:

Cefael (Collections de L’Ecole francaise d’Athenes en Ligne)

Hathi Trust a shared digital repository (BU is an institutional member, LOG IN)

Internet Archive (pre-1923 books and movies)

POxy: Oxyrhynchus Online  (Guide to finding Papyri in the database)

Encyclopedia, Guide, and Dictionary Articles


Archaeology in America : An Encyclopedia, Volumes 1-4 (2008)

Companion encyclopedia of archaeology (1999)

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2 ed.)  (2008)

Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology (2014)

Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (2014)

Encyclopedia of Historical Archaeology (2002)

Grove art online (Oxford art online; cultures and civilizations, e.g. Mesoamerica)

Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture

Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

Milestones in Archaeology : A Chronological Encyclopedia (2007)

The Oxford Companion to Archaeology (1 ed.) (1996)

Research Guide to the Ancient World (2015)

Related and general encyclopedias

Encyclopædia Britannica (Online)

Encyclopaedia Judaica (Online)

Encyclopaedia of Islam, three (Online)

Neue Pauly. English (Online) (ancient classical )

Images and Film/Video


Ethnographic video online. Volume I  (Intended to be a visual encyclopedia of human behavior and culture, online in streaming video…Includes footage from every continent and hundreds of unique cultures.)

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Online Collections  (Harvard University; search and browse)

Visual Information Access (VIA, Harvard University, repositories)


American national biography online

Biography and genealogy master index

Gale biography in context(short bios with references of 350 archaeologists)

IDAP (International Directory of Aegean Prehistorians)

Oxford dictionary of national biography (Online) (British; suggested search form)

Biographies also can be found in most of the resources listed under “Encyclopedia and Dictionary Articles”


17th-18th century Burney Collection newspapers, 1604-1804 British Library’s collection of the newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817)

America’s historical newspapers, including Early American newspapers, series 1, 1690-1876 (keyword search in headlines)

ProQuest News and Newspapers This database lets you search nine newspaper databases collectively or individually: Boston Globe (1980 to present), Ethnic NewsWatch, International Newsstand, Boston Globe (1872-1982), Chicago Defender (1910-1973, Chicago Tribune (1849-1990), Los Angeles Times (1881-1990), New York Times (1851-2010), and Washington Post (1877-1997).

Newspapers and News Media. (research guide)


Libraries and Gateways

ArchNet (Virtual Library of Archaeology)

Beazley Archive and The Classical Art Research Center

British Library

Europeana (list of sources)

FAMSI (Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc.) Includes the Bibliografia Mesoamericana database of published literature.

Gallica Digital Library (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

Getty Research Portal

Copyright and Fair Use

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts (CAA, College Art Association Fair Use and FAQs)


Ruth Thomas
Archaeology Librarian

Mugar Memorial Library