American Indian Studies

Choosing the right search terms

Library book catalogs, article databases and free web databases all may use different terms to describe American Indians. It's always a good idea to check the thesaurus fof the database or catalog, if it has one. A major subject heading in the Library of Congress classification system is "Indians of North America." Other databases may use "American Indians" or "Native Americans. Canadian sources use Aboriginal or First Nations or native peoples.  Also search the tribe's name or geographic area.

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