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Indigenous Studies

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

Using Databases

person using a laptop and an illustration of a databaseAdvantages to searching within databases as a research strategy: 

  • Databases are often limited by academic discipline, which may give you fewer, but more relevant, results.
  • Databases are highly structured, which means you can perform complex searches using controlled vocabulary.

Each database may have their own way and limitations of searching within the database. Some may use "And," "Or," quotation marks and other search strategies, but some may not. If you are not getting the results you expected within a database, make sure the search is worded the way the database works. Look for links like "search tips" or a question mark icon next to the search fields to help you determine the best way to search. You can also ask us for help!

TIP: Searching databases with the keywords recommended in this research guide is a good starting strategy. However, be aware that some databases may use different terminology. When you find a relevant article, check the subject headings and article description for terminology that could be useful in a new keyword search.

Selection of Databases

Below is a small selection of databases available to you through the OC library. If you don't see something here that relates to your subject area of interest, try searching the list of research databases by name.

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