Try to narrow your research to a particular area or species. You might start by finding an entry in a good print encyclopedia or by reading a short, general book on your topic. This will give you an overview of the subject and help you to refine your search. Check out the starting your research project before you begin! 

We can't fit every resource about prehistoric human on to this list! A topic guide is just the beginning of building your bibliography.

Reference materials

This is the place to start any research project. Reference books offer short, authoritative information on every topic. These books must be used in the library. Most contain bibliographies of important books on your topic. A good first stop would be any of the standard print encyclopedias in the Beaver collection: Encyclopedia Americana, World Book or Encyclopedia Britannica.


Aston, Mick. (1998). Atlas of archaeology. REF 930.1 AS8 1998
Hutchins, Michael, ed. (2004). Grzimek's animal life encyclopedia. REF 590.3 G92 2004 Vol. 14: Mammals III for the section on Hominidae.
Scarre, Christopher. (1993). Smithsonian of the ancient world. REF 930 Sm6 1993
Sherratt, Andrew. (1980). The Cambridge encyclopedia of archaeology. REF 930.1 C14


Britannica Online
General Reference Center Gold
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Routledge Reference Resources


Search for books in the catalog using the search terms Man, Prehistoric, Man -- Origin, Human beings -- Origin. You will find books in the 300s (social sciences), 500s (science), 700s (art) or 900s (history).

Cremin, Aedeen. (2007). The world encyclopedia of archaeology : the world's most significant sites and cultural treasures. 930.103 W89 2007 399 pages.
Lambert, David. (1987). The field guide to early man. 573.2 L17 256 pages.
Lauber, Patricia. (1998) Painters of the caves. 759.01 L36 1998 48 pages.
Regal, Brian. (2004). Human evolution : a guide to the debates. 599.93 R26 2004 357 pages.
Waechter, John. (1990). Man before history. 573.3 W12 150 pages.


For these Gale Group Resources, use the subject guide to tailor a search. You might start with Prehistoric Peoples, but you can also create more narrow searches, such as Prehistoric Religion or Prehistoric Painting
Academic OneFile
Expanded Academic ASAP
General OneFile
Expanded Academic ASAP
Student Edition
Ancient and Medieval History Search for Prehistoric humans.
Artstor Images of prehistoric art. Can only be accessed on-campus.
SIRS Use prehistoric peoples or cave dwellers to start.

Internet sites

Becoming human Catch up on the latest news from the world of archaeology on this site maintained by Arizona State University.
Early human evolution Maintained by Dr. Dennis O'Neil, Behavioral Sciences Department, Palomar College, San Marcos, California. Includes short articles, a glossary and authoritative links to other sites.
Minnesota State University E-Museum A virtual exhibit on human evolution.
Smithsonian Institution Visit the Smithsonian Museum's Hall of Human Ancestors.

Updated, 9-09