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First Nations Studies

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  • Indigenous Studies Portal Research Tool from the University of Saskatchewan. Contains information on archival items, articles, book reviews, e-books, images, media, oral history, theses, websites, news. Many entries link directly to full text or "Get it @ Western" links.

  • Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy.

  • Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 4,600 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,500 journals and a total of more than 10,000 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

  • Covers the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistoric times to the present. It provides citations and abstracts to articles, books, and dissertations. From 1989 forward it also includes citations to reviews of films, videos, and non-print media.

  • Searches 29 different ProQuest databases related to the Social Sciences, simultaneously.

  • This database contains the full text of Native American Treaties Ratified and Unratified from 1787-1883.

  • Anthropology Plus brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK. Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, and edited works in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies

  • PubMed is an international bibliographic database of over 4500 biomedical journals. It covers the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the preclinical sciences from 1966 to the present. Topics in First Nations Health are selectively covered here.
  • North American Indian Thought and Culture contains over 119,000 pages of text and images. Included are biographies, auto-biographies, personal narratives, speeches, diaries, letters, and oral histories.

  • The Ontario Archaeology Theses Database is a a comprehenisve index of theses and dissertations on Ontario Archaeology compiled by the Ontario Archaeological Society.
  • Searches ProQuest Dissertations and Theses — Full text  and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses UK and Ireland, and Dissertations and Theses at University of Western Ontario.

    ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text is the world's most comprehensive database of dissertations and theses published in North America and provides full-text access to most of the disseratations added since 1997 and strong retrospective coverage for older graduate works.

    ProQuest Dissertations & Theses UK and Ireland provides access to abstracts of disseratations published in the UK and Ireland.

  • The First Nations Periodical Index contains journals of mainly Canadian Native content. This Index is a tool providing access to information about First Nations for students (high school or university), educators, instructors and researchers. The First Nations Periodical Index is a joint project of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, Saskatoon Campus, the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre and the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples committee

News Sources

  • This database offers the full text of many leading Canadian news sources via the ProQuest Interface. Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies provides full access to articles, columns, editorials and feature articles. Database content is updated daily, following a two-day embargo period.

  • Ethnic NewsWatch (ENW) is a comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.

  • Alt-PressWatch is a full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals from alternative and independent presses. This interdisciplinary resource provides a valuable source of alternative viewpoints and perspectives to complement and challenge mainstream media coverage. Many of these publications are difficult to locate and acquire in their printed format. The independent and critical sources presented offer a unique perspective in the pursuit of freedom of the press.
  • Find the text of stories published in LFP for the past 17 years. The database allows you to limit your results by date, use a variety of complex searching techniques and print the text.  Help using the LFP Archives is available at http://save6.sunmedia.ca/Save/classic/sp/sunmedia/web/Save6_help.html.  (Note that the Weldon Library still provides access to the microfilm version which includes photographs and advertisements.)

  • A comprehensive resource providing full-text documents from over 5,600 news, business, legal, medical and reference publications. Areas of interest include: U.S. and International newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, and non-English language sources.

  • This  full-text electronic resourcel is based on the well established and respected print version of Canadian Periodicals Index. CPI.Q includes a wealth of material from Canadian and international periodicals dealing with Canada.

Statistics and Data

  • The First Nation Profiles is a collection of information that describes individual First Nation communities across Canada. The profiles include general information on a First Nation along with more detailed information about its reserve(s), governance, federal funding, geography, registered population statistics and various Census statistics.