Native Americans of New England: A Historical Overview is a three-week NEH Summer Institute for Teachers offered under the auspices of the Five Colleges Consortium.
Native Americans of New England examines the history of Native American peoples in New England from before the onset of European colonization through the present day, showing how the past and the present are linked. A rigorous, interdisciplinary humanities program includes primary source analysis, museum visits, and conversations with Native and non-Native guest presenters. Concepts such as culture, identity, citizenship, and sovereignty take on new meanings when we examine the struggles and achievements of indigenous peoples.
About this guide: This research guide was prepared by the librarian for Native American & Indigenous Studies, Isabel Espinal, and the Librarian for Education, Steve McGinty, with particular focus on resources that will help teachers complete their projects.
These were shared when we had our workshop on July 7.
Sometimes you need to try different terminology in the same database or catalog, when searching for information on Native Americans. For example:
It is also a good idea to search by the specific tribe or nation as well: For example:
Also, use both indigenous as well as Europeanized terms, and use different spellings. For example:
After you've run a search, use the button to retrieve articles or to be taken directly to the Interlibrary Loan request page, so you can order the article, book or video if UMass does not have it available.
Try out these databases. Comment on them too!
To find books at UMass, you have two options.
1. Start with the general search box on the library home page, www.library.umass.edu.
2. Or, use the Five Colleges Library Catalog.
This sample list includes native communites that have significant migration to the Northeast. The standard subject heading for the whole of native communities in North America is: Indians of North America. Related headings include Indians of Central America and Indians of South America.
In August 2013, Amherst College acquired one of the most comprehensive collections of books by Native American authors ever assembled by a private collector. The collection includes fiction, poetry, history, philosophy, sermons, anthropological works, photography, activism, books for children, and much more. The aim is to document as thoroughly as possible the full spectrum of Native American writing and intellectual life from the 18th century to the present. The Library is committed to expanding the collection, having already made additional purchases to fill in gaps and extend the chronological scope of its holdings.
The Archives and Special Collections is located in the Robert Frost Library on the main campus quadrangle. The reading room, College History Room and exhibition area are located on Level A, at the base of the main lobby stairway. (See a campus map and other information for planning a visit.)
The Archives and Special Collections is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., year round. See detailed list of hours and holidays.
Don't forget about Local History collections at public libraries. Most public library local history collections are not digitized.
Fair use is undoubtedly one of the most controversial issues in scholarly communication today. An offshoot of copyright law, "fair use" is generally understood to be the lawful use of copyrighted materials by non-copyright holders for the following purposes:
Within these general purposes, US Copyright law further identifies four standards by which to judge whether a particular type of use is fair:
Materials that are part of the public domain are free to use without restriction. However, you should consult Stanford University Library's Copyright and Fair Use Overview's chapter on Public Domain works to be sure that other restrictions resulting from trademarks and derivations of public domain works do not affect your usage. See also this chart from the Cornell Copyright Information Center that shows what works are in the public domain as of January 1, 2010.
The Association of Research Libraries has created several guides to help you understand your "copyrights" as an educator:
Complete brochure -- full-color edition -- an in-depth guide to your rights and responsibilities when using both your own and others' materials for classroom instruction: [16.4 MB PDF] or [336 KB "zipped" PDF]
One-page “What You Can Do” chart--a quick reference sheet to your rights and responsibilities when using both your own and others' materials for classroom instruction: [120 KB PDF]