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Indigenous Studies

This guide provides resources related to the interdisciplinary field of Indigenous Studies.

What is a scholarly journal?

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A scholarly journal (also called academic journals, scientific journals, or peer reviewed journals) is a periodical that publishes articles written by experts in a particular field of study. The articles are written for experts or students of the field, and use academic or technical language. "Peer-reviewed (also called refereed) journals have an editorial board of subject experts who review and evaluate submitted articles before accepting them for publication. A journal may be a scholarly journal but not a peer-reviewed journal." [1]

Accessing Material at OC Library

At Okanagan College Library, we use OCtopus to search for library materials. You can start your search here:

There are a few ways to limit your search results to scholarly/academic journals:

  • Perform your search, and then look for "Refine Results" on the left. Select "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" from under "Limit to". It will immediately update your results.
  • Perform your search, and then look for "Refine Results" on the left. Select "Academic Journals" from under "Resource Types". It will immediately update your results.
  • Do an advanced search, and after inputting your search terms, scroll down and select "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" from the "Limit Your Results" section. Then submit your search.

Remember, you can put multiple limiters on your results! You can choose both "Scholarly Journals" and "Academic Journals" and other limiters as well. These will all help to narrow your results to find the most relevant materials for you.

You can also search directly within specific journals. Check out the selection of journals with Indigenous content available through OC Library further along in this guide.

Keep in mind:

  • Online resources can often be emailed, printed, or downloaded.
  • Renew your checked out materials online, by phone, or in person at your campus library.
  • Place Request links next to library materials allows you to request to have a book or DVD delivered from one OC Campus Library to another.
  • Restricted access materials in some databases will require you to be logged into your library account in order to see them. If you are having trouble accessing material, make sure you are logged in using your myOkanagan username (e.g. 300xxxxxx@stu.oc) and password.

Saving Items for Later

Found a book, article or other item in the library catalogue that you would like to save for later?

You will see a set of tools to the right of the item's record that will help you do that. We recommend the e-mail or permalink option.

For example, it's tempting to copy the URL in your browser but unfortunately, that will not get you back to the same record later! Instead, click on the permalink icon and you will see it appear just above the item's title. Copy the permalink instead of the browser URL.

Selection of Journals

Below is a small selection of journals available to you through the OC library and online (open access). If you don't see something here that relates to your subject area of interest, try searching the library e-journals. In addition to performing a search, you can browse databases and subjects.

Note the different terminology that is used to indicate subjects related to Indigenous topics: Indigenous, Native, American Indian, Aboriginal, Decolonization, etc.

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