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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Native American & Indigenous Studies

A general library research guide for Native American & Indigenous Studies at UMass Amherst.


Journal indexing, online journals, and more



  1. From off-campus locations, an OIT Computer Account is required to access licensed databases.
  2. Use the Database Searching Log to keep track of your searches and search strategies.
  3. Use RefWorks to manage your citations and create your bibliography.
  4. After you've run a search, use the Check+availability+in button (if the database has it) to retrieve articles.
  • Academic Search Premier - Multidisciplinary database with many anthropology journals. Citations, abstracts and full text articles. Citations can be saved to a folder and exported directly to RefWorks.
  • America: History and Life - citations and abstracts for journal articles, dissertations and book reviews published in over 2000 journals covering United States and Canadian history (including especially historical archeology). Citations can be exported directly to RefWorks.
  • Anthropology Plus - Indexes articles, books, and more. Citations can be exported directly to RefWorks.
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans - citations to books, essays, journal articles, and government documents on all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life from pre-history to the present, with some coverage back to the sixteenth century.
  • eHRAF Collection of Archaeology - (full text)
    • Help pages
    • User Guides
    • Searching
    • Citing a Document from eHRAF - "When citing a document from eHRAF, use the citation style you normally would use (e.g., MLA, AAA style) for the author, title, and publication information and then add the following: 'As seen in the eHRAF Collection of Ethnography on the Web, (use the current date, month/day/year)." (From the eHRAF Help pages.)
  • Ethnic Newswatch - Full text articles from newspapers, magazines and journals of Native American Indian and other ethnic communities in the United States. Publications include: News From Indian Country, Akwesasne Notes, Indian Country Today, Pequot Times, and The Seminole Tribune, among many more.
  • JSTOR (full text) Scholarly journals. Citations can be exported to RefWorks.
  • *National Archeological Database
    "Bibliographic inventory of approximately 240,000 reports on archeological planning and investigation... This 'gray literature' represents a large portion of the primary information available on archeological sites in the U.S. " Also includes a variety of maps.
  • Project MUSE (full text) Citations can be exported directly to RefWorks.
  • Web of Science - Allows multidisciplinary searches combining arts, humanities, social science and science. Citations can be saved in a text file and imported to RefWorks using a filter.
  • Westlaw Campus Research - Full text legal encyclopedias, law reviews, and legal treatises; federal and state statutes, regulations, court decisions; and newspapers, news wires, magazines and business and industry data.


Reference Sources

  • Archaeology of Prehistoric Native America: an Encyclopedia. Ref. E77.9 .A72 1998.
  • Encyclopedia of Massachusetts Indians: Tribes, Nations, and People of the Plains Eastern Woodlands E78.M4 E63 1999.
  • Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes Ref. E76.2.W35 1999.
  • Encyclopedia of North American Indians Ref E76.2.E53 1997,v1-11.
  • Encyclopedia of North American Indians Online one volume book.
  • Handbook of North American Indians Ref. E77.H36. Library has volumes 4-13,15,17.
  • Native Americans: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Peoples Ref. E77.P89 1998, v.1-2.
  • The Rights of Indians and Tribes: the Authoritative ACLU Guide to Indian and Tribal Rights Ref. KF8210.C5 P48 2002 (Note: This is the 3rd edition, same as the 2004 version.)
  • See also Reference Materials in Anthropology page



  • Akwesasne notes Alternate title: Longhouse News. UM/W.E.B. Du Bois Per E75.A392 [1995-1996] Microfilm A 431 [1969-1996] and A 265 [Underground Newspaper Collection Series. For Holdings and Reel Nos. see Ref. Z6514.U5U49] Also online
  • American Antiquity Per E51.A52 and online
  • American Indian Culture and Research Journal UM/W.E.B. Du Bois Per E75 .A5124
  • American Indian Law Review UM/W.E.B. Du Bois Per K1.M437
  • American Indian Quarterly UM/W.E.B. Du Bois Per E76. A547 Also online
  • American Journal of Archaeology, 1897-1997and current issues, 2000-
  • Archaeology of Eastern North America E77.8.A7
  • Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society Per F66.M368
  • CRM [Cultural resources management] online only
  • Cultural Survival Quarterly UM/W.E.B. Du Bois Per GN357.N48 Also online
  • Ethnohistory Per E51.E8 (1954-2001) and online
  • Journal of Anthropological Archaeology Per CC79.E85J68 (1982-2001) and online
  • North American Archaeologist Per E43.N67
  • Northeast Anthropology Per GN1.M33
  • Southeastern Archaeology, 1999-