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Library Research Guide for: Indigenous Studies (Display only the highlighted/core resources).

This guide is to help you start your research in the subject area of Indigenous Studies. Please contact the Reference Desk for help with any of these resources or for assistance finding more advanced or specific information: 218-755-3342 or 1-800-860-0234, or Ask A Question.

Find Articles from Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers

    Discipline specific indexes, abstracts and bibliographies

"Updated daily, this production of Noble Savage Media and Ho-Chunk, Inc., based on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska, provides news, information, and resources about issues facing Native peoples," (Choice, Sept. 2002).

    Multidisciplinary indexes, abstracts and bibliographies

  Academic Search Premier
"Academic Search Premier contains indexing for nearly 8,050 publications, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. Academic Search Premier contains full text coverage in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc."
  America: History & Life
Provides citations & abstracts to journal articles about U. S. and Canadian history. Covers over 1,800 journals published worldwide, including state historical society journals, as well as media and dissertations. Coverage for some titles dates back to the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  Bibliography of Native North Americans
Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. BNNA contains more than 98,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.
  Expanded Academic ASAP
"This premier database offers balanced coverage of every academic concentration - from advertising and microbiology to history and women's studies... Balanced coverage is available through more than 4,200 indexed and more than 2,500 full-text titles in a wide variety of disciplines including: social science journals, humanities journals, science and technology journals, national news periodicals, general interest magazines, newswires, The New York Times and many others. More than 2,800 journals are refereed, and more than 20 years of backfile coverage are included...."
"GreenFILE is a resource designed to help individuals and organizations interested in reducing the negative impact and increasing the positive impact they have on the environment. "GreenFILE covers content going back more than 35 years.... The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for certain titles and searchable sited references for more than 200 titles as well."
  Nexis Uni
Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790—with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.
  Project MUSE
"Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. Since 1995 the MUSE journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, launched in January 2012, offer top quality book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content." [View Project MUSE tutorials and User Guides].

Find Books, E-books and Reports

    Library catalogs

  National Indian Law Library
"The National Indian Law Library (NILL) is a public law library devoted to federal Indian and tribal law. Our mission is to develop and make accessible a unique and valuable collection of Indian law resources and other information relating to Native Americans. NILL places special emphasis on fulfilling the information needs of Indian law advocates and others working on behalf of Native Americans."--Website

Find Facts, Definitions and Overviews

    Encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauruses

  Ojibwe People's Dictionary
"The Ojibwe People's Dictionary is a searchable, talking Ojibwe-English dictionary that features the voices of Ojibwe speakers. It is also a gateway into the Ojibwe collections at the Minnesota Historical Society. Along with detailed Ojibwe language entries and voices, you will find beautiful cultural items, photographs, and excerpts from relevant historical documents. Whenever possible, we provide examples of documents in the Ojibwe language." ~ From the site

    General reference sources

  Credo Reference
Includes searchable electronic versions of 100 reputable encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, atlases, and other reference tools from a wide range of disciplines.

Find Laws, Legislation and Legal Information

    Federal (U.S.)

  Indian Affairs: U.S. Department of the Interior
"Indian Affairs (IA) is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. Established in 1824, IA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 564 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is responsible for the administration and management of 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals estates held in trust by the United States for American Indian, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides education services to approximately 42,000 Indian students."--Website.
  ProQuest Congressional
"Explore government in action with the most comprehensive online resource available for Congressional hearings, public issues, legislation, history, and legal research."
  Supreme Court of the United States
Official website of the United States Supreme Court.

    General legal information

  Kappler's Indian Affairs
"Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, is an historically significant, seven volume compilation of U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. The volumes cover U.S. Government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883 (Volume II) and U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970 (Volumes I, III-VII). The work was first published in 1903-04 by the U.S. Government Printing Office. Enhanced by the editors' use of margin notations and a comprehensive index, the information contained in Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties is in high demand by Native peoples, researchers, journalists, attorneys, legislators, teachers and others of both Native and non-Native origins."
  National Tribal Justice Resource Center
"The National Tribal Justice Resource Center is the largest and most comprehensive site dedicated to tribal justice systems, personnel and tribal law. The Resource Center is the central national clearinghouse of information for Native American and Alaska Native tribal courts, providing both technical assistance and resources for the development and enhancement of tribal justice system personnel. Programs and services developed by the Resource Center are offered to all tribal justice system personnel -- whether working with formalized tribal courts or with tradition-based tribal dispute resolution forums. (site description)

Find Visual, Performance and Communication Media


  Films on Demand
A streaming video and multimedia database that includes thousands of videos in many subject areas, from high-quality sources such as Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, PBS, BBC, CBC, and many more. Available for classroom use or for streaming in online courses. [View "How To" articles and tutorials for Films on Demand].
  Wisdom of the Elders
"The Wisdom of the Elders Oral History Collection especially reveals Native American elders’ profound contentedness with family and their Golden Rule conviction of sharing and helping one another. An elder’s love has the power to heal and their stories have the power to transform. Heart-warming stories of children’s upbringing in close-knit families allow a rare glimpse into a time and place blessed with depth and relevance. They bring the gift of belonging…to family, to extended family, community and Creation." Permission was given by the copyright holder Dakota Media Access of Bismarck (formerly CATV) to digitize and make these important resources available in a new format for a new age. -- Website

Internet Resources

    Digital libraries and collections

  Ojibwe News
Search or browse issues of the Ojibwe News (1988-2009). The Ojibwe News digital archive is a subset of the Minnesota Newspapers Collection of the Minnesota Digital Library.
"The Ojibwe News, which in 1992 changed its name to the The Native American Press / The Ojibwe News, reported on the politics, social issues, and human interest stories of Minnesota Indian reservations from 1988 to August 2009. This weekly newspaper was published by Bill Lawrence, who tells the story of the paper in his farewell editorial in the August 1, 2009, issue." -description from website

    Recommended websites

  National Congress of American Indians
"The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944,is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments."--Website
"NativeWeb is an international, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to using telecommunications including computer technology and the Internet to disseminate information from and about indigenous nations, peoples, and organizations around the world; to foster communication between native and non-native peoples; to conduct research involving indigenous peoples' usage of technology and the Internet; and to provide resources, mentoring, and services to facilitate indigenous peoples' use of this technology." -Website.

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