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Indigenous Studies

This library guides outlines useful resources in support of various aspects of Indigenous Studies scholarship, particularly the Indigenous Studies program.

Searching journals

If you have a research topic and do not have a specific journal you want to limit your search to, then searching through a journal database is the most effective strategy.  UVic subscribes to over 600 databases and rather than searching each individually start by using Summon 2.0, the libraries' single search engine.  Summon 2.0 is an intuitive and fast search engine that helps you discover relevant information on any topic from the University of Victoria Libraries collections.  It searches through our collection of books, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, e-books, dissertations, videos, maps, manuscript collections, music scores and more.  Learn more about Summon here.  Summon is the libraries' 'search everything' box on the library home page.  You can also search it below.  Remember to set some filters once you get an initial list of results.

Summon 2.0 -- UVic Libraries search engine


What is Summon?


Terms for the concept of 'Indigenous' have changed significantly over time and some of the ways we organize information in libraries can seem out of date.  Be mindful of this when searching because in order to do a comprehensive search, you will need to include multiple terms for the concept of 'Indigenous'.  Here is an example search with various synonyms:

(Indigenous OR aboriginal OR "first nations" OR "native american" OR "american indian" OR amerindian) AND canad*

Other Useful Databases


Help Videos on Searching for Articles in UVic Libraries

Below are a series of help videos created by UVic Libraries on how to search for and locate articles.  Use Ulrich's Periodicals Index to find out if the journal you are consulting is peer-reviewed.  

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