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Ethnic Studies (American Indians) (Display only the highlighted/core resources).

Subject Description: This subject covers: the history, contributions, social/cultural development, intellectual expressions, and present circumstances of American Indians.

Find Articles, Journals, Magazines and Newspapers

    Databases, indexes, working papers and electronic journals

  Academic Search Premier (all topics) from EBSCO Available in Full Text Authentication Required FindIt! Enabled Provided via ELM 
    Varies by indexed title; 1975 - present
Academic Search Premier (ASP) contains indexing for nearly 8,050 publications, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. ASP provides full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc. Tip: Click the check box to limit to Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
  Ethnic NewsWatch Available in Full Text Authentication Required FindIt! Enabled 
    1991 to present
A comprehensive collection of nearly 700,000 full-text articles from 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Option for searching in both English and Spanish. Tip: Click the check box to limit results to scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed.
  GenderWatch Available in Full Text Authentication Required FindIt! Enabled 
    1970s to present (Updated semi-annually)
GenderWatch is a full text database of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. GenderWatch supports programs in business, education, literature and the arts, health sciences, history, political science, public policy, sociology and contemporary culture, lesbian/gay studies, gender and women's studies and more. Tip: Click the check box to limit results to scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed.
  Indian Country Today
    Current News
Founded in 1981, Indian Country Today is a voice for Native American journalism, providing definitive reporting, incisive analysis and pointed commentary. Articles are written by a sizable full time staff of American Indian and non-native reporters with extensive experience in Native communities. This is a freely accessible version of the subscription-based news weekly.
"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).
  JSTOR Available in Full Text Authentication Required 
    does not allow access to past 2-5 years
JSTOR provides unique access to fulltext backfiles for more than 120 "core" scholarly journals in anthropology, ecology, economics, education, general science, history, literature, mathematics, political science, and philosophy. JSTOR's agreement with publishers provides a "moving wall" for access and does not allow access to fulltext for the most recent 2-5 years of articles.
  Social Services Abstracts Authentication Required FindIt! Enabled 
Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,300 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.

Find Biographies and Quotations

    Biographical dictionaries, speeches and quotes

  Native American Writers of the United States
This volume, published in 1997, is part of the ongoing Dictionary of Literary Biography series. Index available on the Web at
Location: REF PN451 .D54 v.175x
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  Voices of Multicultural America: Notable Speeches Delivered By African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans, 1790-1995
Alphabetically organized with cross-indexing by ethnic group, this reference source provides full reproduction of notable speeches. In the case of speeches that were not written, they are produced in the vernacular along with a standard American English translation. Each entry includes a substantial biographical portrait of the individual in question and includes a bibliography.
Location: REF E184.A1 V64 1996x
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Find Facts, Definitions, Overviews

    Dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks

  American Indian Communities in Minnesota
This report was developed by the staff of Minnesota Senate Counsel & Research.
  American Indian Culture
This three volume set covers the range of North American Indian culture from lifeways, religious rituals, and material culture to art forms and modern social phenomena.
Location: REF E98.S7 A44 2004
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  American Indian Languages: The Historical Linguistics of Native America
Presents what is known about the history and classification of Native American languages, and gives a perspective on current controversies. 9 chapters, each an essay on a topic (e.g., "Origin of Native American Languages") or set of languages (e.g., Languages of South America", "Distant Genetic Relationships: The Proposals"). With an author index, subject index, index of languages, language families, and proposed genetic relationships. Maps, notes, references.
Location: REF PM108 .C36 1997
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  Dictionary of Native American Mythology
Provides quick access to information about individuals, events, and topics in Native American mythology, from all tribes and periods; includes a bibliography (Diana Hacker, 2003).
Location: REF E98.R3 G46 1992
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  Encyclopedia of American Indian Civil Rights
    to 1997
An encyclopedia of issues and events relating to the civil rights of American Indians. Short entries (less than a page to several pages), each with recommended further readings. A good resource for beginning legal research on this topic, or also for general knowledge on the subject. Includes timeline of major landmarks in the history of American Indian Civil Rights.
Location: REF KF8210 .C5 E53 1997
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  Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World: 15,000 Years of Inventions and Innovations
"The book's 450 entries, arranged alphabetically and fully cross-referenced, include inventions, philosophies, political hierarchies, and social systems used by American Indians from the Arctic Circle to South America. When possible, dates are given for each entry, and some include illustrations. The valuable appendixes include maps, a glossary, chronology, roster of tribes organized by culture area, bibliography, and general index, " (M. Brunsdale, Ill. State U. in CHOICE, May 2002)
Location: REF E54.5 .K46 2002
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  Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (Print)
3 vol., A-Z encyclopedia with more than 600 entries, some quite lengthy. Articles are written by acknowledged authorities and signed. Most entries contain resources for further reading. Maps. photographs, and other visuals are included.
Location: Ref HT 1521 .E63 2008
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  Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes
This comprehensive four (4) volume set does an admirable job of covering a lot of information in a respectable fashion. Each volume covers a particular region or regions with alphabetical access to the various tribes within that area. Each entry provides an introduction, history, literature of the people, culture (religion, language, architecture, subsistence, clothing & adornment, healing practices and customs. Included is also a paragraph highlighting current tribal issues. Each entry includes a bibliography and suggestions for further reading. In addition to the regular entries there are also brief biographical profiles through out the set which can be access via an alphabetically listing adjacent to the table of contents. Each volume includes a cumulative index.
Location: REF E77 .G15 1998
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  Minnesota Ethnic Resources Directory
This internet edition of the Minnesota Ethnic Resources Directory contains over 700 total listings including descriptions of approximately 600 non-profit organizations providing ethnic or nationality services plus other institutional groupings. There is also information regarding citizenship and passport procedures as well as direct links to ethnic/nationality resources.
Location: An older version is available in print at: F615 .A1 M545 1995x
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  Native American Literatures: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes
An encyclopedia of Native American literatures featuring articles on individual authors, on individual works, on important characters in works, and on terms and events of historical significance that figure in many of the works.
Location: REF PS153.I52 W47 1999
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  Praeger Handbook on Contemporary Issues in Native America
Vol. 1 includes linguistic, ethnic, and economic revival with topics such as reviving indigenous languages, genealogy, and sports mascots. Vol 2 includes legal, cultural, and environmental revival with topics such as banishment, uranium, and Native American political humor.
Location: REF E 98 .S67 J65 2007
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  Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian
Designed as a directory to resources, this comprehensive volume is divided into four major sections: source listings (United States), Canadian section, bibliography and biographies. The amount of information to current resources is quite impressive. Some examples of what can be found here are listings and contact information for reservations, communities and tribal councils, government agencies, national associations, Native America financial institutions, schools, college courses & programs, financial aid resources, Indian health services, museums, libraries & research center, media, audiovisual aids, periodicals, art cooperatives, casinos, and major Native American events. The bibliography provides unique cross-indexing access to information via alphabetical, subject and publishers indexing.
Location: REF E76.2 .K58 1998x
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Find Laws, Legislation, and Government Reports

    Publications of government agencies and legislatures

  Kappler’s Indian Affairs: Laws & Treaties
"Originally compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, in 1904, this is an electronic reproduction of 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)," (Oklahoma State University).

Find Maps and Atlases

    Geographical, thematic and historical atlases and maps

  Atlas of the North American Indian
Offers maps on tribal locations, reservations, sites of cultural and archaeological importance, and other significant places; includes related text and bibliographies (Diana Hacker, 2003).
Location: REF E77 .W195 2000
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Find Statistics

    Statistical information, public opinion and data sets

  Facts on the American Indian/Alaska Native Population
"Provides statistics compiled from government data on the social and economic characteristics of the nation's American Indian/Alaska Native inhabitants, as well as links to various reports, news releases, and data from the 2000 Census. Data on social characterisitcs such as age, child care, educational attainmnet, foreign-born poulation, health insurance, marital status, mobility, and women can be found," (Choice, Sept. 2002).
  Statistical Record of Native North Americans
    to 1992
This large (1661 pages) one volume resource includes statistics on History -- Demographics -- The Family -- Education -- Culture and tradition -- Health and health care -- Social and economic conditions -- Business and industry -- Land and water management -- Government relations -- Law and law enforcement -- Canada.
Location: E98.P76 S73 1993
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Use Research Guides and Style Manuals

    Assistance for research and writing

  Columbia Guide to Online Style
This site provides many examples for citing online resources in the bibliography of a humanities, social science or science research paper. See Preparing the Bibliographic Material once you have linked to this page.

Use Web Resources

    High-quality, reliable internet sites

  American Civil Liberties Union: Racial Justice
  Black Elk's World
This site includes the complete text of the book Black Elk Speaks , speeches and text from other native authors, information about the Lakota Sioux lives and history.
  Historical Text Archive
Offers more than 3,000 links to materials by country and region (with the United States receiving the strongest coverage) and by topic such as Native American, African American, movie history, and genealogy. Resources include both primary and secondary sources (Diana Hacker, 2003).
  Native American Political Issues
There are many useful links on this web site. However, it has not been updated since 1998, so use with caution.
  Native Americans: General Information
A list of links collected by Santa Clara University's Diversity
  Native Education Directory: Organizations and Resources for Educators of Native Americans
A product of ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools and the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) this site provides a broad array of resources related to Native American "organizing, leading, researching, administering, governing, publishing, boradcasting, and educating." (Choice, Sept. 2002)
Resources for indigenous cultures around the world.
  World Wide Web Virtual Library: Indigenous Studies Online
List of links to web sites concerning the world's indigenous populations, both in general and in regard to specific ethnic groups and geographic areas. This site is supported by Center For World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) and the Chief George Manuel Library.

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