When you're looking at books or eBooks as sources for information, remember that you don't necessarily have to read the whole book. Sometimes there will be a chapter or two on your topic that is just what you need.
Want to restrict your search to books or eBooks only? Once you have performed your search you can use the limiters in the "Refine Results" column to the left of your search results. There are a couple of limiters that you can use:
Books in your search results
eBooks in your search results
At Okanagan College Library, we use OCtopus to search for library materials. You can start your search here: okanagan.bc.ca/library
Keep in mind:
IMPORTANT: the dominant structure for organizing information is from a western perspective, for this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources related to Indigenous peoples; please contact us if you'd like assistance navigating this.
Combine keywords related to the concept of Indigenous identity with keywords related to your area of interest.
|Inuit||Métis||"Indians of North America"|
|Indian||Native||Name of Nation or Community (e.g. Secwépemc)|
Subject headings are a tool designed to help researchers find similar materials. These are only some examples of the many subject headings that Okanagan College Library uses. Spend a few minutes exploring them when you find a book in the catalogue that supports your research.
Search by Subject Terms
Below is an example of where to find subject areas that are part of an item's record. You can click on them to find other materials with the same subject heading.
Okanagan College Library uses the Library of Congress classification system. Classification systems are used as a way to arrange, group, and order materials. The Library of Congress classification system was originally devised between 1898 and 1912 which is part of why outdated, sometimes offensive, terminology can be found in the system. Often, materials about Indigenous peoples fall under "history" as shown below:
Class E-F: History of the Americas
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