Selected Resources for: American Indian Studies

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Jody Gray

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Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present with over 2,000 journals including all key English-language historical journals.

Anthropology Plus brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK. Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. The index offers excellent coverage of all core periodicals in the field in addition to local and lesser-known journals. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present.

Covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life with 80,000+ citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Full-text articles from over 300 American ethnic and minority newspapers including Asian-American, Jewish, African-American, Native-American, Arab-American, Eastern-European, and other multi-ethnic communities. Coverage dates back to 1990.


General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

A comprehensive index to more than 12 million biographical sketches in more than 3,400 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books, covering over 4 million contemporary and historical figures throughout the world.

When complete, the database will represent the largest compilation ever created of biographical information on indigenous peoples from all areas of North America. Including biographies, autobiographies, oral histories, reference works, manuscripts, and photographs, the database presents the life stories of American Indians and Canadian First Peoples in their own words and through the words of others. Much of the material is previously unpublished, rare, or hard to find. New and current full-length biographies include works on Quanah Parker, Dennis Banks, Susan La Flesche Picotte, Cochise, Jim Thorpe, Crowfoot, Peter Pitchlynn, Sacajawea, Geronimo, Hosteen Klah, Black Elk, Pocahontas, George Washington Grayson, Standing Buffalo, and many more. More than twenty volumes covering chiefs of various nations are now included, as well as a modern edition of the collected speeches of Sitting Bull. The Center for Indigenous Arts & Cultures' five-volume encyclopedia on American Indian Artists has been added ("American Indian Art Series"), and the recent publication, American Indian Biographies (Salem Press, 2005) also adds many contemporary names to the collection.


Dictionaries

Dakota-English Dictionary

This is one of many language dictionaries. For more dictionaries for Native American languages, browse the Library of Congress call number range PM600-PM3000+ in Wilson Reference or in the general collection, 2nd floor Wilson. For more precise searching, search MNCAT using keywords; example: Ojibwa and dictionaries.

A searchable, talking Ojibwe-English dictionary that features the voices of Ojibwe speakers with thousands of entries and audio with new contact added over time.


Encyclopedias

Native peoples A to Z: a reference guide to native peoples of the western hemisphere

An 8 volume reference work that reflects the changing times and attitudes of, and towards the indigenous peoples of all the regions of the Americas. -- from the publisher description.


General Reference Works

New American State Papers: Indian Affairs

Contains the American State Papers (documents, legislative and executive, of the Congress of the United States), other documents from the Serial Set, and documents from the Legislative Archives Section of the National Archives, through about 1827.


Handbooks and Manuals

Handbook of North American Indians

This comprehensive encyclopedia is still being published. Many volumes deal with regions of North America; other volumes address broad topics such as languages, Indian-White relations. Check MNCAT for full listing of volumes currently available.


Internet Resources

Web Sites

The American Indian Health web site, is "an information portal to issues affecting the health and wellbeing of American Indians." Hosted by the National Library of Medicine, the site provides governmental information listed by general topic and includes good links to other web-based resources.

This is a guide to federal agency websites that feature information for or about American Indians.


Primary Source Materials

Diaries

Contains the original full text of works by 1,482 authors and including over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, journals, maps, memoirs and accounts of early encounters.


Government Documents

The texts of the nine treaties, created between the years 1722 and 1805, are offered. These are the product of seven, early treaty events between a number of American Indian Nations and the British, and of two United States efforts


Historical Documents

Explore manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books dating from the earliest contact with European settlers right up to photographs and newspapers from the mid-twentieth century. Browse through a wide range of rare and original documents from treaties, speeches and diaries, to historic maps and travel journals.

Every book, pamphlet, serial, and other printed work of significance published in America 1639 - 1800 with 36,000 items and 2. 4 million page images when complete. Based on Charles Evans, American Bibliography with additions from Roger Bristol's Supplement.

Collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.

A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.


Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.


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