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AIS 101 - Introduction to American Indian Studies

American Indian Studies

Electronic Reference Resources for American Indian Studies Research

During the library's physical closure due to COVID, you will likely need to rely on electronic reference resources to gain background information of American Indian topics. Below are some suggested resources that may prove helpful:



Using Reference Resources

Subject encyclopedias, handbooks and overviews are scholarly works written by experts on a variety of topics. Articles appearing in subject encyclopedias are written by selected expert scholars who typically are renown for their specialization in the topic .  Subject encyclopedia can help you locate:

  • an overview of your selected topic that is more specialized than what you would find in general encyclopedias
  • a discussion of how scholars have approached, explored, and debated the topic over time (for examples for historians: historiography)
  • words, phrases, names, dates, and events that can be used as keywords when searching a database
  • detailed bibliographies in articles to find other sources (both primary and secondary)
  • additional cross-references to find related topics
  • authoritative content that is reliable versus what you might find on an open edited source like wikipedia

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