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Research Guides

Indigenous Studies

Find books in the library catalogue

Enter keywords for your topic. For example:

      residential schools


Catalogue tips

Example keywords:

residential schools canada

self-government native

aquash biography
(to find a biography of Anna Mae Aquash)


1. Use the side menus in the library catalogue to focus your results: for example, you can choose the language, the library, the kind of material (eg., video), author (to find books on the topic by a particular author)

2. You may need to try your search a few times with different terms for aboriginal, to find everything.

For example: self-government aboriginal
self-government native
self-government indians
self-government indigenous
sovereignty native

Example two:
aboriginal spirituality
native spirituality
indians sprituality
aboriginal religion

3. If you have more than one keyword, try doing your search in two steps. For example:

Step one, enter:
residential schools

Step two, enter:
canada, click on 'within results,' and then click on search.

How to find the book in the library

1. Look up the title in the library catalogue. Note the call number, for example,  E76.7 .K68 2009

2. Enter the elevators on the 1st floor of Robarts Library.

The books at Robarts are on the 9th to 13th floor.  A chart on the elevator tells you which call numbers are on which floor, according to the first letter or letters. In this case, E is on the 10th floor, with most other history books.

3. Once you are on the floor, find the section with the correct letters. Then work your way through each line of the call number.

4. To sign out your book, take it back to the 1st floor and use one of the automatic machines. If you need help, ask at the loan services desk.





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