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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 (jmwalsh@sfu.ca / 778-782-9378)

Top Resources

  1. Index for all aspects of Native North American culture, history, and life.
  2. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  3. Watch hundreds of NFB films online, including documentaries, animation and alternative dramas.

    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. A database with extensive monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals and photographs about Indigenous populations in North America.
  5. Has not been updated since Aug 2004, but it is useful as an index to journals of Canadian native content for previous years.
  6. 100,000+ pages of full text and images dating from 17th century to present day, providing biographies of Native North Americans.
  7. Full text plays of North American Indigenous playwrights.

Other Resources

  1. Canadian & United States history
  2. Allowing for the study of American Indian history from the early colonial period to the civil rights movement of the twentieth century,American Indian Histories and Cultures provides a rich variety of material from the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library.
  3. Key database for Anthropological journal articles.
  4. Full-text access to journals produced by the American Anthropological Association
  5. Details on Canadian organizations and international groups including industry, commercial and professional associations, registered charities, and special interest organizations.
  6. 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.
  7. Canadian Points of View Reference Centre™ is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.
  8. Indexing & abstracts for over 550 journals in the fields of communication, mass media studies, linguistics and film including full text for over 400 journals.
  9. Prints, drawings, paintings, maps, bibliographies, letters, and photographs documenting the relationships among peoples in North America from 1534-1850.
  10. Indexes over 1,900 environmental journals, with fulltext access to about 750. Also available is fulltext access to over 200 monographs.
  11. Ethnographic Video Online provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior - more than 750 hours and 1,000 films at completion.
  12. Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text is the definitive online tool for film and television research.
  13. This online collection brings together documents from 16 archives and libraries from around the world and the geographical spread of material allows scholars to take either a comparative approach or focus on a particular region.
  14. Human and physical geography.
  15. All of the papers issued by the British House of Commons between 1801-1900 in all formats. More than 184,000 searchable full text documents. HCPP currently contains indexing for 1801-2004, full text for the entire 19th century, full text for 1901-1978 and indexing and full text for 2004-2006. The remainder of the 20th century content (1979-2004) will be completed by Spring 2007
  16. Full-text data on archaeological traditions from around the world. Text is subject-indexed for quick information retrieval.
  17. Source documents on cultures of the world.
  18. Searchable, archival collection of core academic articles, books, and primary sources in arts, humanities and social sciences.
  19. Online access to unique primary source diaries, correspondence, photographs, oral histories and journals narrate the vivid realities of ocean travel and life in adopted homelands. Organisational correspondence, government proceedings, shipping company papers and records of advocacy groups provide key context to migrants’ everyday struggles.
  20. The Native Health Databases contain bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, surveys, and other resource documents pertaining to the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations.
  21. Humanities and social science ebooks and journals.
  22. This database is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day.
  23. A searchable database of select Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) records.
  24. Sage Knowledge provides SFU with access to e-books from Sage.
  25. Access to research methods online from books and numerous reference sources.
  26. Streaming videos on tutorials, interviews, video case studies, and mini-documentaries covering the entire research process. Also includes areas such as writing a research proposal, planning and designing a research project and securing ethical approval. Practical skills such as project management, writing for publication, presenting work, and building networks are also presented in explanatory videos.
  27. This full-text resource provides access to a wide assortment of the most important English-language social science journals.
  28. Theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and policy science.
  29. Guides to Statistics Canada publications and data.
  30. Central access point for Canadian theses (Masters and PhD), including free full text of theses since 1998.
  31. Major index for Women's Studies research with feminist perspectives. Contains scholarly articles.
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