Databases are very focussed search engines. These below have scholarly and community resources on all kinds of topics relating to North American Indians.
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. Citations can be exported directly to RefWorks.
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. Citations can be exported directly to RefWorks.
Google Scholar - The same Google interface most people are familiar with -- but it searches only scholarly, academic information, rather than the whole Web. From the library website, Google Scholar is connected to our online journals and our Interlibrary Loan service, so you will not need to pay for articles as you might outside the library website. Citations can be exported directly to RefWorks.
TIP: When you look for a particular book on the shelf, make sure to browse the shelf and nearby shelves for related books. Take your time! Open the books!
To find books at UMass, you have two options.
The standard subject heading for the whole of native communities in North America is: Indians of North America. This broad term returns over 5000 entries, which can be browsed for more specific subheadings.
For works on specific communities, most headings follow the format "[community/nation] Indians". Examples:
There are many other possible subject searches. For example:
Use RefWorks to keep track of your research.
Put all your references in RefWorks, create quick and easy bibliographies, build your knowledgebase.
1. Set up your account by clicking on the RefWorks link on the library homepage. From the RefWorks info page, choose "RefWorks Login & New Account Set up." From the login page, choosse "New to RefWorks? - Sign up for an Individual Account." Note: You get to choose your own username and password - make them easy to remember!
2. Get your book citations into RefWorks
Book citations from UMAWorldCat (a huge combined catalog that includes UMass books)
3. Get your journal article citations into RefWorks
Most databases have a way to export citations into RefWorks directly.
4. Write your annotation and enter it into RefWorks
You can write and save your annotations in RefWorks using these instructions.
5. Print out your bibliography
1. Click on Bibliography from the menu
2. Select Output Style (APA, MLA, etc.) .
3. Select Format a Bibliography from a List of References
4. Select File type to Create (HTML, Word, or text file)
5. Select the Folder from which the citations are to be taken.
6. Click Create Bibliography.
7. Follow the instructions for viewing the file. Remember to save the document before closing.
Be sure to check the list for accuracy!
If you need more help or info on RefWorks, check out the FAQs.
Introducing UMA WorldCat - a new discovery tool that helps you find a wide range of materials using a single search. Books, journals, articles, videos and more can be located using UMA WorldCat.
Journals (for browsing)