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Native American History

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Exploring and Focusing Topics:
Encyclopedias, Companions, Biographical Dictionaries & General Histories

The Library has a large number of subject-specific online encyclopedias with exhaustive and well-researched entries written by subject experts. The essays in these encyclopedias and companions are great overviews and generally helpful in defining and focusing a topic. All essays include bibliographies that lead to further sources on a topic.

Biographical Dictionaries:



Journal Articles

Here is a selection of databases that will lead you to peer-reviewed journal articles. Contact me for further suggestions.

  • America: History & Life
    Search the contents of academic journals, historical magazines and dissertations. This database indexes academic journals such as American Indian Culture & Research, American Indian Quarterly, European Review of Native American Studies, Canadian Ethnic Studies, and Ethnohistory as well as magazines such as Encounter. The FindItbutton links to the full text of the articles in the Library's collection as well as to an interlibrary loan form.
    Example:  Ishii, Izumi. "Alcohol and Politics in the Cherokee Nation before Removal." Ethnohistory 50, no. 4 (Fall 2003): 671-695.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    A comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Includes such magazines and newspapers as News from Indian Country, The Native Voice, Indian Country Today, and the Native American Times. Mostly full text.
    Example:  Schaap, J.. (2010). The Growth of the Native American Gaming Industry: What Has the Past Provided, and What Does the Future Hold? American Indian Quarterly, 34(3), 365-389,407.
  • CQ Researcher
    CQ Researcher report offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. Each CQ Researcher report is based on a common structure: overview, background, current situation, pro/con section, special focus, chronology, bibliography and next step.
    Example:  Worsnop, R. L. (1992, May 8). Native Americans. CQ Researcher, 2, 385-408.
    Use the Issue Tracker feature to link to related reports:
    Katel, P. (2006, April 28). American Indians. CQ Researcher, 16, 361-384.
  • CQ Electronic Library
    Combines many CQ Press resources for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. Includes Congress and the Nation (1945-2004), Historic Documents Series (1972 -), Political Handbook of the World, Supreme Court Yearbook (1989 -), Vital Statistics on American Politics and CQ Researcher.
    Example: "American Indian Policy, 1945-1964 Legislative Chronology." CQ Press Electronic Library, Congress and The Nation Online Edition.
  • PAIS International
    Indexes public policy journals, government documents, grey literature and more.

Primary Sources

This is just a small sample of primary source collections. Please feel free to ask for further suggestions.

Citing Your Sources

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jseibert Jutta Seibert
Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228

Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for History and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


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