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Primary subject databases
Database Description
Anthropology Plus Citations for articles and other works in anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore and related areas. View Full Description
eHRAF Archaeology International database with about 60,000 pages of information on prehistory. View Full Description
L'Année Philologique Annual international bibliography of studies on ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. View Full Description

Main databases

Secondary subject databases
Database Description
Abstracts in Anthropology Abstracts for journal articles for major topics in Anthropology View Full Description
Archäologische Bibliographie Print index of books and articles for archaeology. View Full Description
Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson) Interdisciplinary database with articles from more than 1200 English-language periodicals. View Full Description
JSTOR Current and back issues of journals in arts and sciences. View Full Description

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Tertiary subject databases
Database Description
America: History & Life Covers Canadian and American history. Comprehensive index, with abstracts, for journal articles and book reviews. View Full Description
Atla Religion Database with AtlaSerials Index with some full text for articles and books on religion and theology. View Full Description
Bibliography of Indigenous Peoples in North America Contains citations to books, journal articles, essays, conference papers, and government documents. View Full Description
Historical Databases Includes Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life View Full Description
HLAS Online: Handbook of Latin American Studies Citations to journal articles, books, book chapters, and conference papers in the humanities and social sciences. View Full Description
Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt Full-text articles on Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to the seventh century CE. View Full Description
Periodicals Archive Online Full-text articles from journals in the humanities and social sciences. View Full Description
TOCS-IN: Tables of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists Tables of contents for more than 150 journals. View Full Description

Search Tips

Finding site reports is challenging, since the term "site report" rarely appears in the title, and the term "site" is only used for some older materials. For example, you can search "Moyer Site," one of Laurier's first Ontario dig locations, and find a report from 1973.

Search for site reports in Omni. If you know the name of the site, try searching this first. Otherwise, the best way to find site reports is to try the following subject terms in the Omni advanced search:

  • Antiquities
    • Works on the antiquities of particular regions, countries, cities, and under individual ethnic groups are entered under the name of the place or group subdivided by Antiquities e.g. Egypt – Antiquities; Mayas – Antiquities.
  • Archaeology
    • This is a broad heading covering the study of archaeology as a branch of learning. Archaeology, like the term antiquities, can also be divided by regions, countries, cities and individual ethnic groups.
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
    • Excavations (Archaeology) is now the preferred subject term and replaces: Archaeological digs; Archaeological excavations; Digs (archaeology); Excavation sites (archaeology); Ruins; Sites, Excavation (archaeology)

Mercury Series

Found within the Government Documents Collections are a large number of publications known as the “Mercury Series” produced by federally funded institutions such as:

  • Archaeological Survey of Canada; Canadian Museum of Civilization; Canadian Ethnology Service; Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies; National Museum of Man (Canada). History Division; National Museum of Man (Canada). Ethnology Division

To access these documents, use the Omni advanced search:

  • change the first dropdown to "Title"
  • change the second dropdown to "is (exact)"
  • type: Mercury Series

Abstracts in Anthropology

Abstracts in Anthropology contains some basic site reports. Search functionality is limited to the abstract and title fields.

To access these documents:

  • browse subject headings for terms used to describe broad geographical areas
  • or, type 'site' in search box and browse list of results

Comprehensive Sites


  • ABZU. Guide to resources for the study of the Ancient Near East available on the Internet, from the Research Archives of the Oriental Institute, Chicago.
  • Electronic Resources for Classicists: The Second Generation. Comprehensive site maintained at the University of California (Irvine).
  • WWWorld of Archaeology. Publication of the Archaeological Institute of America, providing links to general and regional search tools, journals, institutes and projects, including, excavation sites (e.g., the Athenian Agora).

Industrial Archaeology

Electronic Books (Open Access)

Electronic Reference

Book Reviews

Dictionaries, Encyclopaedias


  • TOCS-IN: Tables of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists. Provides the tables of contents of about 160 journals in the areas of Classics, Near Eastern Studies, and Religion journals. Where possible, links are given with articles of which the full text or an abstract is available online (about 6%). This is a volunteer project started in 1992.