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ANSS Resource Review & Bibliography

American Library Association (ALA)/ Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)/ Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS)

The LibGuide provides documents and resources to support the Resource Review & Bibliography Committee's (RRBCwork as charged by the Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS).

Resource Review & Bibliography Committee Charge & Response

"ANSS supports the study of those aspects of library service that require knowledge in the areas of human and societal studies such as anthropology, sociology, criminal justice or criminology and other related fields.

The Resource Review and Bibliography Committee is charged with reviewing and analyzing the current state of bibliographic and other research tools in anthropology, sociology, criminal justice, and related fields. Based on these analyses, it identifies specific areas needing improved access, recommends how to effect such improvements, identifies various research resources and their potential uses, and reinforces successful efforts to improve access to literature in sociology, anthropology, and related fields. It also disseminates information about research resources in these fields to the ANSS membership, seeking to provide content useful for reference, research, teaching, and collection development."

The committee's name changed from the ANSS Bibliography Committee in 2012-2013 to reflect the changing dynamics of library resources. The committee documents the resources that have been reviewed since 1990 and plans future reviews. Completed reviews  reflect the interests of committee members, ANSS members & discussions,  ANSS subject areas, and the new/updated resources/materials useful to support the members of ANSS. 

Comparisons of several products, in-depth reviews, and brief introductions to resources provide the bulk of the published materials of the committee's work. ANSS Currents publishes these review articles and briefs. The committee provides peer-review of these articles and other articles found in ANSS Currents.

Great Publishing Opportunity

Have you come across a great resource you want to share with the ANSS community? The ANSS Resource Review and Bibliography Committee (RRBC) invites you to submit a review that could be included in the next publication of ANSS Currents. Articles can be written covering any resource in anthropology, sociology, criminal justice, and related fields. Reviews of resources related to equity, diversity and inclusion issues are very appropriate and encouraged. We welcome reviews on a variety of resources, such as:

  • databases

  • research tools

  • free online resources

  • books

  • collection development tools

  • instruction resources

Your review will be published in ANSS Currents, the newsletter of the ACRL Anthropology & Sociology Section, in the "Resource Review" section. You can see past reviews below. ANSS Currents is a great way to share with your colleagues and add a publication to your resume! The spring deadline for submission will be March 20th, 2023.

Reviews submitted to the Resource Review and Bibliography Committee will go through a friendly peer review process. You can see additional information about that process here: The ANSS Currents Guide for Authors provides helpful guidelines: ANSS Currents Guide for Authors.  If you have questions please contact ANSS RRBC co-chairs Tom Durkin at and Virginia Pierce at We are happy to provide more information.

Call for articles for Spring 2023 issue and beyond:

To assure the committee continues to serve the needs of ANSS members, we ask that you forward resource review suggestions or resources questions to the committee. If you wish to write a resource review or suggest an author, include this in the information shared.

Recent Reviews (in order from newest to oldest)

Please find citation information and links to the following resource reviews below. 

Jylisa Kenyon, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Idaho Library
REAL-TIME COLLABORATION TOOLS FOR LIBRARY INSTRUCTION Reviewed: August 2022. see p. 19 (ANSS-Currents, Fall 2022)

Rosalind Fielder-Giscombe, Social Science and Business Librarian, Chicago State University 
HISPANIC AMERICAN PERIODICALS INDEX (HAPI) Reviewed: August 2022. see p. 19 (ANSS-Currents, Fall 2022)

Wade Kotter, Social Sciences and Music Librarian, Weber State University 
HOMOSAURUS.ORG Reviewed: April 2022. see p. 13 (ANSS-Currents, Spring 2022)

Virginia A. Pierce, Library Collections and Services Director, South Carolina State Library 
TOPOVIEW: THE USGS HISTORICAL TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS COLLECTION Reviewed: April 2022. see p. 15 (ANSS-Currents, Spring 2022)

Jess Hagman,Social Sciences Research Librarian, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
FREE TOOLS FOR QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS  Reviewed August 2021. see p. 8 (ANSS-Currents, Fall 2021)

Tom Durkin, Social Sciences Librarian, UW-Madison.
SAGE RESEARCH METHODS DATABASE Reviewed February 2021. see p. 8 (ANSS-Currents, Spring 2021)

Celia Emmelhainz, Anthropology and Qualitative Research Librarian, University of California, Berkeley Library
ON SCHOLARLY BOOK AWARDS IN ANTHROPOLOGY Article, September 2020. see p. 10 (ANSS-Currents, Fall 2020)

Beth South, Assistant Librarian of Access & Technical Services, Indiana University East
GETTING STARTED WITH KANOPY: FROM TRIAL TO PDA IMPLEMENTATION Reviewed September 2020. see p. 26 (ANSS-Currents, Fall 2020)

Jylisa Doney, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Idaho 
DATA.CENSUS.GOV Reviewed: September 2020. see p. 15 (ANSS-Currents, Fall 2020)

Carolyn McCallum, Cataloging Librarian for Nonprint Resources and liaison to Anthropology, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University; Carol Cramer Head of Collection Management and liaison to Linguistics and Interpreting and Translation Studies Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University
LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE BEHAVIOR ABSTRACTS (LLBA) Reviewed: February 2020. see p. 14 (ANSS-Currents, Spring 2020)

Virginia A. Pierce, Public Services Librarian, South Carolina State Library 
FOLKSTREAMS: A NATIONAL PRESERVE OF AMERICAN FOLKLORE FILMS Reviewed: February 2020. see p. 11 (ANSS-Currents, Spring 2020)

Wade Kotter, Social Sciences and Music Librarian, Weber State University 
RESEARCHING ETHNOMUSICOLOGY IN MUSIC DATABASES Reviewed: August 2019. see p. 15 (ANSS-Currents, Fall 2019)

Tom Durkin Anthropology, Folklore, & Sociology Librarian University of Wisconsin-Madison
FAMILY AND SOCIETY STUDIES WORLDWIDE DATABASE (EBSCO) Reviewed: February 2019, see p. 12 (ANSS-Currents, Spring 2019) 
Publisher: EBSCO URL:
Cost: Institution-specific pricing can be obtained from EBSCO at

Helen Clements Associate Professor, Humanities & Social Sciences Division Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University
ACADEMIC VIDEO ONLINE (AVON) Reviewed: August-September, 2018; briefly revisited February 2019,  see p. 17 (ANSS-Currents, Spring 2019)  
Publisher: Alexander Street Press URL:
Cost: Purchase models available include one-time purchase of the entire package, or demand-driven acquisition. Inquire about consortial pricing. (Additional details below.)
Coverage Dates: Release/publication dates of videos range from before 1910 to the present; majority of the collection released from 1990 to the present

Nikki Tummon, Liaison Librarian, McGill University Library & Archives, 
INDIGENOUS CINEMA – NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA, Reviewed: August 2018, see p. 16 (ANSS-Currents, Fall 2018)
Publisher: National Film Board of Canada 
Cost: Free web access 

Diane Fulkerson, Director of Information Commons/Library Services, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 
HOMELAND SECURITY DIGITAL LIBRARY Reviewed: March 2018, see p. 19  (ANSS-Currents, Fall 2018)  
Publisher: U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security. 
Cost: Access to over half the collection is free and open to the general public. The full collection is also free, but access requires an individual or organization-wide account. 

Tom Durkin, Anthropology, Folklore, & Sociology Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 
TDAR: THE DIGITAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RECORD, Reviewed: March 2018, see p.22 (ANSS-Currents, Spring 2018) 
Publisher: Digital Antiquity (
Cost: Searching is open to any user. Downloading content is free for registered users. The database has no registration fee. Uploading new content costs $10 per file (up to 99 files) and $5 per file for uploading over 99 files. Coverage Dates: The database web site does not explicitly describe the overall coverage of the database.

Virginia Pierce, Public Services Librarian, South Carolina State Library,
Publisher: The Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Cost: Free web access
Coverage Dates: The database web site does not explicitly describe the overall coverage of the database.