This guide will provide you with a starting point for research in your subject area.
To help you in this process, use specialized encyclopedias and handbooks located in the reference collection, or chapters from a current textbook to give you a short overview of your research subject. The articles in these sources are written by experts on the topic and they often include references to other useful sources at the end of the article. You can be assured that the references listed there are authoritative sources and well worth consulting for your paper. Remember to watch for and note important keywords and synonyms relating to your topic. Some reference books that may be useful include:
Ref FC 23 .C36
Ref FC 3804 .E52
Ref E 77.9 .A72
Archaeology of Prehistoric Native America: an Encyclopedia
Ref E 98 .E2 E52
Encyclopedia of Native American Economic History
Ref G 1116 .S1 H582
Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples
Ref RA 418 .E354
Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology
Begin your research by checking for your topic in the library catalogue. When searching group names you will likely encounter variant spellings, e.g. Gitxsan ,Gitksan or Kitksan. Search for variant spellings together by typing the Boolean operator or between each term, e.g. Carrier or Lheidli T’enneh.
When you find an appropriate title in the catalogue, click on View and then click on appropriate relevant Subject terms at the bottom of the record to see if there are any other items available on your topic.
Subject terms in the library catalogue are based on Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) or the Canadian Subject Headings. The Library of Congress standard way to describe the First Nations is by "Indians of North America", and then the Geographic region. e.g. Canada, British Columbia, etc. Ensure that you also search the names of groups.
Some useful Library of Congress Subject Headings to search include:
If you don't find enough appropriate material on your topic in the CNC Library, check bibliographies to find references to other works that have been published on your topic. Then once again check the CNC Library catalogue, other local libraries or order the items from out of town libraries via the Interlibrary Loan service. Obtaining books or journals via Interlibrary Loan can take up to two weeks, so do your research early.
When you search the library catalogue or the Discovery Service search system you will find a nice selection of ebooks. These are books you can read online by simply opening them. Here are some examples:
First Nations Cultural Heritage and Law : Case Studies, Voices, and Perspectives
First Peoples of Canada : Masterworks From the Canadian Museum of Civilization
On Being Here to Stay : Treaties and Aboriginal Rights in Canada
A Knock on the Door : The Essential History of Residential Schools From the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
The Education of Augie Merasty : A Residential School Memoir
Residential Schools and Reconciliation : Canada Confronts Its History
Truth and Indignation : Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools
The Sleeping Giant Awakens : Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation
Periodicals offer excellent information. To locate articles in your subject area, use the online indexes . Click on the Library's Databases link and navigate to the Ebscohost online Canadian Reference Centre , Academic Search Complete, the Ebooks Collection, or CBCA, Canadian News, Business (Proquest). Once you have located article citations, if the article is not in fulltext online click on the “Request this Item” link on the article record to request the material. Remember to order interlibrary loan items early!
If you would like to find a quick selection of all types of materials - books, ebooks, and periodical articles - use the Discovery Search box on the library home page. Enter your search words in the box and click on "search" to get a list.
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