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Use these databases as a start for your research. Depending on your specific topic, you may also want to use the databases listed under other subjects. Examples might include Education, Business, Resource and Environmental Management, Health Sciences, Visual Arts, and History. If you need additional help selecting and searching an article index for your topic, contact Jenna Walsh, Liaison Librarian for First Nations Studies ( / 778-782-9378)

Top Resources

  1. More than 80,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents on all aspects of Native North American culture, history, and life. Topics include archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. Coverage is from the sixteenth century to the present.
  2. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  3. Films produced by the National Film Board of Canada (streaming online). Includes documentaries, animation and alternative dramas. Note: To access to CAMPUS features (e.g. learning bundles, study guides, searching by school subject), SFU users may contact to request the activation key.

    Authorized Users may access the Website and the Content outside of the premises of Subscriber’s educational institution solely for bona fide educational and research purposes, including presentations by student teachers conducted as part of a practicum.

  4. Monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals and photographs about Indigenous populations in North America. Topics include the political, social, and cultural history of Native Peoples from the 16th century into the 20th century,
  5. 100,000+ pages of full text and images dating from 17th century to present day. Life stories of American Indians and Canadian First Peoples in their own words and through the words of others.
  6. Full text plays of North American Indigenous playwrights of the twentieth century. Many of the plays are previously unpublished or hard to find, thus often previously overlooked or inaccessible.

Other Resources

  1. A custom table based on a 25% sample from the 2016 Canadian Census in Beyond 20/20 format containing aboriginal identity, age and sex excluding institutional residents of Canada, Provinces and Territories.
  2. Literature on all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture and current affairs from prehistory to present. Access is limited to 6 users at a time. Users will be automatically logged out of the database after 12 minutes of inactivity.
  3. A rich variety of material from the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library. Rare and original documents from treaties, speeches and diaries, historic maps, travel journals and more. Allows for the study of American Indian history from the early colonial period to the civil rights movement of the twentieth century.
  4. Journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.
  5. American Anthropological Association journals, newsletters, and bulletins published between 1888 to present.
  6. Details on Canadian organizations and international groups including industry, commercial and professional associations, registered charities, and special interest organizations.
  7. The Canadian Census Analyser provides access to Canadian Census Data. It includes census tables with summary statistics for a variety of geographic levels, as well as microdata files with random samples of raw data.
  8. A database of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Each article has an overview, point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.
  9. Covers journals in the fields of communication, mass media studies, linguistics and film. Many major journals have indexing, abstracts, PDFs and searchable citations from their first issues to the present (dating as far back as 1915).
  10. Prints, drawings, paintings, maps, bibliographies, photographs, letters, diaries, memoirs, and accounts of early encounters in North America from 1534 to 1850. It includes perspectives of explorers, Indigenous peoples, missionaries, officials, slaves, soldiers, and traders.
  11. Comprehensive coverage (over 1,900 journals) in environmental and many related disciplines. Also available is fulltext access to over 200 monographs.
  12. Documentaries, recordings, interviews, photographs, and field notes on human culture and behaviour around the world.
  13. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. In addition to indexing and full-text access to journals, this resource includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to the present and over 36,300 images from the MPTV Image Archive.
  14. Public notices and announcements by First Nation governments, federal & other level of governments, corporations and others. Focuses on First Nation legislation, including First Nation laws, by-laws, land codes, and more.
  15. Correspondence, diaries, government papers, business records, land transactions, legal documents, speeches, books, and pamphlets documenting European settlement across the various frontiers of North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, between 1650 and 1920.
  16. An extensive collection of bibliographies of books, articles, monographs, reports and theses in physical and human geography, geology, mineralogy, ecology and development studies. The scope is international, dating back to 1980. The interdisciplinary coverage makes it suitable for researching environmental issues.
  17. Papers issued by the British House of Commons, in all formats. Primarily contains papers from between 1801-2004, but some date back to late 1600's. Constitutes a richly detailed primary source for 19th, 20th and 21st century Britain, its colonies and the wider world. Topics include Canadian confederation, the abolition of slavery, electoral reform, affairs of the British in North America, and more.
  18. Full-text books, periodical articles, manuscripts, site reports, dissertations and theses on archaeological traditions from around the world. Use the 3-digit codes to quickly search data on a subject.
  19. Books, articles, and manuscripts on cultures of the world, past and present. A research tool for archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists and beyond. Note for the Collection of Ethnography: the online version includes more recent source materials; the microfiche version retains older sources (before the annual installment 42).
  20. An archival collection of scholarly journals mainly in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Subject coverage includes: African American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Botany & Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology and Statistics.
  21. Letters, travel journals, diaries and oral histories, scrapbooks, government papers, hand-drawn maps, watercolours, objects, emigration pamphlets, shipping papers ,and rare printed materials on migration from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe, and Asia to the New World and Australasia between 1880 and 1924.
  22. Bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, surveys, and other resource documents on the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations.
  23. Research, policy and program materials relating to Indigenous involvement with the criminal justice system in the U.S., Canada and Greenland. Many materials are related to community-based initiatives and programs designed to address Indigenous conflict with the law, and there are also listings for documents in related areas, including health and welfare, drug and alcohol use, jurisdictional issues and education. Records were added to this database between approximately 1985 to 1994.
  24. Humanities and social sciences peer-reviewed academic journals and ebooks from university presses and scholarly societies world-wide.
  25. Worlds most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world. Historic and ongoing coverage.
  26. Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) records selected by Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Transcripts of hearings, research reports, submissions from tribal councils, organizations and interest groups, and more.
  27. Access and search ebooks and reference sources published by Sage.
  28. Search or browse a wide variety of sources on research methods, including ebooks, articles, reference sources, and videos. Also includes research tools and instructional content.
  29. Videos on all aspects of the research process and methods. Also covers practical skills such as project management and writing for publication.
  30. Broad coverage of social science journals.
  31. Abstracts of journal articles, books, chapters, association papers, dissertations, and book, film, and software reviews related to theoretical and applied social sciences.
  32. Central access point for Canadian theses (Masters and PhD), including free full text of theses since 1998.
  33. Documentary records developed in support of both White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT) and U.S. Government positions in a series of mid- to late 20th century court cases relating to WMAT land claims, water rights and other socioeconomic matters.
  34. Citations, abstracts, and scholarly articles in women's studies and feminist research. Online equivalent of Women Studies Abstracts, Women's Studies Bibliography, and Women's Studies Database.
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