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Research Guides

Indigenous Studies

This guide is a starting point to find research in Indigenous Studies. It is meant primarily to assist students from the Centre for Indigenous Studies, but may be of use to students looking for Indigenous Research in general.

Find books in the library catalogue

Search the library catalogue:

 Advanced Search

Catalogue tips

Tips

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. Use specific keywords or language terms such as community names, organization names or Nations (e.g. Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory)

3. Use the boolean operator "OR" to include all of the historical names for Indigenous peoples in your search. You may need to try your search a few times with different terms for Indigenous in order to find everything. (e.g. Indigenous OR Aboriginal OR Native)

EXTRA TIP: Make sure to look at Journals and Databases as well!

How to find a 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.

Libraries at the University

Did you know there are 42 libraries here at UofT? As a UofT and Indigenous Studies student, you have access to all 42 of these libraries, so don't limit yourself to only one library!

Some libraries that may be of interest to you include: