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Resources for Seminar in Native American Literature

Resources for Seminar in Native American Literature

Turcotte, Spring 2009

IAIA Library Databases – Access from the Library Web Site

*The searches described below may provide articles both by and about the writer.*

Do not limit your search to full-text as we might have the cited journal in the Library or it might be available at another library in town or through

Interlibrary Loan

Academic Search Premier

Use Advance Search: writer’s name with default Boolean/Phrase selected.

Selecting literary criticism next to Document Type focuses your search, but leaves out documents you might find useful.

Ethnic NewsWatch

Use the Advanced Search with the writer’s name in Citation & Abstract. (Defaults as Phrase Search)

Scholarly Journals are grouped under that tab.

Look at the Suggested Topics above the list of sources, you might see something useful.

GALE CENGAGE Learning

Select All databases and search the “writer’s name” (using quotation marks)

Academic Journals are grouped under that tab.

JSTOR

Search the “writer’s name” (using quotation marks)

JSTOR does not use subject headings/descriptors so it can be difficult to focus a search.

If the citation is not obviously about or by your writer, click Page of First Match . Your search terms are highlighted in text of article.

Advanced Search provides ways to limit your search; however, I do not recommend limiting your search to caption or abstract, as those do not seem to be included consistently.

Project Muse

Searching the “writer’s name” (using quotation marks) in All Fields (w/ text) will provide the largest number of citations.

You may want to limit your search as

“writer’s name” (using quotation marks) in All Fields except text

or as “writer’s name” (using quotation marks) in All Fields (w/ text) and select Articles Only (no reviews) under Type of Content .

Look at the subject headings included with the citations for an indication as to whether the article will be useful.

IAIA Library Collection Catalog

Search the writer’s name in All Indexes .

Make sure you are spelling both their first and last name correctly.

Additionally, try the following searches using the Subject Words option.

The phrase Indian Authors in the first box and the term biography in the second box

The phrase Indian Authors in the first box and the term interviews in the second box

The phrase Indian Authors in the first box and the term criticism in the second box

Additional Resources

Association for the Study of American Indian Literature

Click on the SAIL indexes/search SAIL box.

Search the “writer’s name” (using quotation marks) in the various SAIL series.

Google Scholar – limits Internet searches to scholarly sites

Search from IAIA Library page or the above link

Google Book Search – searches texts of thousands of books

Search from IAIA Library page or the above link

Useful for finding material that may not be indexed elsewhere.

Use the Find this book in a library link to locate the title.

The IAIA Library may have a copy.

Amazon.com

Provides word-searching, concordance and cited references for some books.

Native American Authors Subject Guide on IAIA Library site

*Ask for help if you are having difficulty finding information.*

IAIA Library

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Saturday 1 – 5PM ; Sunday Noon – 9PM

Exceptions to these hours will be posted at the Library