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Indigenous Studies: Finding Books

This guide is a useful starting point for many Indigenous Studies topics. The University of Regina is located on Treaty 4 territory with a presence in Treaty 6 territory as well as the traditional homeland of the Métis.

Quick Find

Finding books and journal articles in the Library and online can be done using Quick Find.  Its search box is located on the library's home page here.  Quick Find is a search engine that simultaneously searches the holdings of the University of Regina and federated college libraries (including books, journals, videos, sound recordings, etc.), and many databases of journal articles, government documents, dissertations, and more. 

Quick Find is an ideal tool to begin your search for items you need for class assignments, research, or your personal interests. Quick Find can also be used to find a specific item that you want, such as a specific book or article. Help with using Quick Find is located here.

A Note on Terminology

Remember that terminology changes over time, and some disciplines reflect these changes more than others. When researching topics related to Indigenous studies you may need to use search terms that you find outdated and offensive, particularly if it is an historical topic. For instance, using the Library of Congress Subject Headings, a search for Indians of North America - Saskatchewan will find a different number of results compared to a search for Indigenous Peoples - Saskatchewan.

Workers in libraries and archives across Canada are revisiting subject headings in local, regional, and national committees.  The Association of Manitoba Archives and the National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance have drafted ontologies.  A post about the limitations of Library of Congress Subject Headings is available here.

The Dr. John Archer Library & Archives recognizes that subject headings used in its Quick Find online catalogue contain historical language that may be considered offensive.  We are working with campus and the broader library community to address these issues.  More information is available here