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Native American Studies Subject Guide

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  • Alternative Press Index - Indexes 300 alternative, radical, and left periodicals from 1991- present.
  • America: History and Life - This bibliographic database covers the history of the United States and Canada. It includes key English-language historic journals, selected historic journals from major countries, state and local history journals, and selected relevant journals in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Anthropology Plus - Anthropological Literature describes articles and essays on anthropology and archaeology, including art history, demography, economics, psychology, and religious studies. Updated quarterly.
  • AnthroSource - Anthropology index for many of the American Antropological Association's most critical peer-reviewed publications, including American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Anthropology and Humanism, Archaeological Publications of the American Anthropological Association, Cultural Anthropology, and Ethos.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index - The Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It indexes 1,100 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.
  • Arts and Humanities Search - Records referencing many of the world's leading arts and humanities journals.
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans - The Bibliography of Native North Americans contains citations to literature about native peoples of North America published from the sixteenth century to the present. Native North Americans include Aleuts; Eskimos or Inuit of Greenland, northern Canada, Alaska, and eastern Siberia; and other native peoples (i.e. "Indians") of Alaska, Canada, the United States, and Mexico north of the northern boundary of Mesoamerica. All citations are to published materials: books, journal articles, essays, conference papers, and US and Canadian government documents.
  • Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 - Resource for information about every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America.
  • Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 - Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 provides a comprehensive set of American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the early part of the 19th century. It is based on the noted American Bibliography, 1801-1819 by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker. This digital edition complements Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800.
  • Early Encounters in North America - Full text collection of documents dating from 1600-1800.
  • eHRAF Collection of Archaeology- Part of the full text library historically provided by the Human Relations Area Files, includes published materials (books, journal articles, and dissertations) in the field of Archaeology.
  • eHRAF Collection of Ethnography - Collection of ethnographic and other texts that are indexed by culture and subject.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch - Ethnic NewsWatch is a comprehensive full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Topics addressed include the arts, business, education, the environment, history, journalism, political science, and sociology. Updated monthly.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP - Expanded Academic ASAP includes abstracts or references for articles from more than 1,500 scholarly, trade and general-interest publications, as well as references for The New York Times. The database integrates core titles in every major academic concentration; area- and issue-specific journals; academic journals with application in the professions; and publications with national news coverage and commentary.
  • Family and Society Studies Worldwide - Family Studies Database is the world's most comprehensive, systematic, and non-evaluative resource of research, policy, and practice literature in the fields of Family Science, Human Ecology, and Human Development. FSD, including FAMILY, provides over 198,000 abstracts and bibliographic records drawn from over a thousand professional journals, books, popular literature, conference papers, government reports, and other sources, many of which are indexed exclusively in FSD. About 9,000 abstracts are added each year.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - Contains encyclopedias and reference books in a variety of subjects.
  • History Resource Center - This resource provides access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journals covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present. The material also includes citations from over 180 additional history journals from the Institute for Scientific Information's Arts and Humanities Citation Index, as well as the entire "American Journey Online" series. To see a list of primary sources grouped according to topics such as “Native American Experience ” “Civil Rights, ” and many more, please click here.
  • HOMER - Catalog of the Information Services Division's library materials (all libraries except Health Sciences Libraries and Law Library catalogs).
  • International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text - IPA draws its current content from more than 100 international performing arts periodicals from 9 countries, and also indexes feature performing arts articles and obituaries appearing in The New York Times and The Washington Post. IIPA covers nearly all aspects of the world of the performing arts, from the most scholarly studies to the latest developments.
  • JSTOR - A growing full text collection of core social science, humanities, and science journals. Some backfiles date back to the early 1800s. Fields covered include: anthropology, ecology, economics, education, finance, mathematics, philosophy, political science, sociology, literature, biology.
  • Left Index - The database indexes more than 150 journals focused on the political, social, economic and cultural issues of the Left. The journals are thoroughly reviewed for relevant scholarship and research.
  • LexisNexis Academic - Database of full text online news, business, financial, legal, medical, biographical, government and domestic and international newspaper resources.
  • NetLibrary - Collection of full-text electronic books.
  • ProQuest - Access databases of resources for arts, business, humanities, social sciences, science and newspaper resources.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index - The Social Sciences Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering the journal literature of the social sciences. It indexes 1,700 journals spanning 50 disciplines, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.
  • Web of Knowledge (Web of Science) - Web of Science is part of ISI's Web of Knowledge which also includes Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences citation databases.
  • Wilson Humanities Full Text - An index of articles in the humanities.

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  • American Indian Culture and Research Journal - A peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal on indigenous peoples of North America.
  • American Indian Quarterly - A peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of the anthropology, history, literatures, religions, and arts of Native Americans.
  • American Quarterly - Interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of American culture.
  • differences- Focuses on how concepts of difference operate within culture.
  • Early American Literature - Scholarship on American literature from its inception through the early national period, about 1830.
  • Ethnic & Racial Studies - The journal provides an interdisciplinary academic forum for the presentation of research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies. The journal welcomes contributions from both established and younger scholars working in any of its main areas of interest.
  • Ethnohistory - A peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that emphasizes use of documentary materials and ethnographic or archaeological data and of both historical and anthropological approaches in its examinations of social and cultural processes and history.
  • Ethnomusicology - Official organ of the Society for Ethnomusicology and contains scholarly articles on the wide variety of cultural study areas, theoretical questions and interdisciplinary approaches that are characteristic of the field of ethnomusicology.
  • Ethnomusicology Online - Contains multimedia articles and reviews in ethnomusicology
  • Journal of American History - Leading journal in the field of American history.
  • Journal of American Studies - Journal of art, literature and popular culture.
  • Journal of Contemporary Ethnography - International journal dedicated to ethnography and qualitative research.
  • Journal of the Early Republic - Early United States history and culture.
  • MELUS - Scholarly journal dedicated to multi-ethnic literature in English.
  • Oral History Review - Articles, book and film reviews, and bibliographies deal with the authentication of human experience and research findings in oral history.
  • Sociological Quarterly - Research and theory in all areas of sociological inquiry.

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Web Sites & Additional Resources

  • American Indian Ethnopharmacology Collection - collection of material on American Indian traditional medicine at the Norris Medical Library, in the Webb Room (upper level)
  • American Indian Resource Center - The largest public library collection in the U.S. that focuses on American Indians. AIRC materials include audiocassettes, books, compact discs, films, magazines, microfilm, newsletters, newspapers, and videocassettes.
  • American Memory - Multimedia collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, moving pictures, and text.
  • Braun Research Library - The Braun Research Library supports the activities of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. This renowned collection includes approximately 50,000 books and serials, 2,000 sound recordings, 3,000 maps, 147,000 photographs, 3,000 works of art on paper, and 700 manuscript collections.
  • Indigenous People's Literature - Stories, songs, art, historical documents, and more relevant to Native Americans.

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