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Indigenous Research Guide: Find Articles

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Search Tip- Indigenous Studies

Due to the changing nature of language and terminology used to describe Indigenous people both across the country and throughout time, when searching it is beneficial use both old and new terminology, as well as general and specific words to find relevant material. Here are a few examples:

General terms: Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Native, First Peoples, Indian

Specific terms: Montagnais, Haudenosaunee, Iroquois, Ojibwe, Ojibway, Anishinaabe, Cree, Dene, Athapaska, Haisla, Sto:lo

For more terms, especially specific names read this entry in the Canadian Encyclopedia Indigenous Peoples in Canada or click here for more terms.


However, when you go to write the paper carefully consider the language and terms you use. 


Articles Databases

These databases are the most useful for finding articles on Indigenous Studies.

Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar to search for academic literature on many subjects. 

Carefully evaluate the quality of the items you find using Google Scholar.  You may not be able to access all of the articles you find, but it can be a quick place to start your research!

Google Scholar Search