Welcome to the library research guide for Exploring Native American Cultures! This guide links you to the research databases that are best to use for your research paper, how to request articles, and how to schedule your appointment with me. I'm here to help you at any point in your research process. Use the box on the left to connect with me.
It can be difficult to find information on Native American issues in mainstream news and academic journals so be prepared to do some digging when using the library's resources. I recommend using the following for your research:
When searching in library resources, you can't copy the URL in your browser to get back to an article. You need to copy a stable URL.
Come up with keywords that describe your research question: What are some words or concepts related to the main ideas of my research topic?
Brainstorm synonyms of your keywords. Think boarder and narrower.
Combine your keywords with AND (Example: Mohawk AND border)
Put phrases in quotes to find the exact phrase (Example: “United States” and Mohawk)
Keep it simple. Too many words usually means less results.
Gather search terms as you find sources. Notice what words authors are using to talk about your topic. Keep track of these words on paper or a Google doc.