American Indian Studies has no standard citation style. Ask your instructor which to use; if you can choose, pick the one you know best.
Many terms identify American Indians...
When searching for articles and books, use different combinations of these terms to find the most sources:
- American Indian
- Native American
- Native People
- Indians of North America (the official term used in CLICnet)
- First Nations (term for the indigenous peoples of Canada)
For example, searching in Academic Search Premier, in the first box put the phrase:
"American Indian" or "Native American"
The quote marks hold the concept together (so you don't get Indian Americans instead), while using "or" will find any articles that mention "American Indian" or "Native American."
In the next boxes put your topic keywords: culture, identity, treaties, education, etc. Also consider adding locations of interest, such as Great Plains or Minnesota.
Searching by tribe is also important, especially if your topic is tribe specific. As tribes often have variant spellings or use entirely different terms, account for this in your search:
- Ojibwa or Chippewa or Anishinabe
Using an asterisk * will truncate, or stem, your keyword, including everything after it:
- Ojibw* captures Ojibway, Ojibwe, and Ojibwah
- Chippewa* captures Chippewa and Chippeway
Want more tips or need help? Ask a librarian!
The books below are useful for starting your research, whether getting topic ideas or finding general overviews.
New American Indian Studies Titles
Created by Meg Holle, Fall 2009.