Online anthro tutorial

One of the email lists I am on recently publicized “Internet Anthropologist”: an online tutorial designed to teach people about how to research anthropology online. In general I’m very skeptical about these resources since the tools and sites that you use to do research online are always changing, and the people who put them together are not, in my humble opinion, very good at actually doing research. A (very) quick look at Internet Anthropologist, however, makes me think that it is a cut above the usual online tutorials. The “Intute”: platform that it is based on looks interesting, and while the tutorial itself is really basic, some people need to be told “There is such a thing as the American Anthropological Association, and it has a website.”

Of course I was a bit miffed that Savage Minds didn’t make the cut of ‘popular blogs about anthropology’ but I’m sure they’ll come around eventually… 🙂

Take a look and let me know what you think.


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at

4 thoughts on “Online anthro tutorial

  1. This could, in fact, be very interesting for teaching. Haven’t looked at all of it but it seems to have some interesting features (link basket, comments on evaluating online information). Probably a lot more useful for our students than the typical website created by a textbook publisher.
    In fact, while discussing with a publisher representative, I kept mentioning that these kinds of tools could become useful if they weren’t an afterthought. In this case, there seems to be actual pedagogical thinking behind the site and I might use it in future semesters.
    Thanks for the link!

    (BTW, which mailing-list was this on?)

  2. On the other hand, the intute database itself doesn’t seem particularly useful–I tried a search across all social sciences for information on “footing” (something I was in fact recently trying to read up on) and got nada.

    And, actually, seriously, if they don’t list SM as a popular anthro blog, then what rock have they been hanging out under?

  3. me thinks it’s a good idea to have any internet antho exposure. there is so much resistance within the institutions to accept or look into adapting to a new format that internal internet disagreements should be dealt with creatively. otherwise the web world is at risk of going the ways of the insulated scholarly settings.

  4. Thanks for your comments about the Internet Anthropologist. It’s true that Savage Minds is not mentioned there but I had not come across it when the tutorial was being written. It is now included in Intute: Social Sciences – Anthropology which, I hope, goes some way in making up for the original omission.

    First-footing I know, but what is footing?

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