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Aboriginal Studies: Top Resources

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Applied Research

  • Assembly of First Nations

    First Nations Ethics Guide on Research and Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge.
  • .Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada

    Government of Canada. Panel on Research Ethics. Chapter 9 from the TCPS-2 (2014) focuses on research involving Aboriginal peoples in Canada, including Indian (First Nations), Inuit and Métis peoples, marks a step toward establishing an ethical space for dialogue on common interests and points of difference between researchers and Aboriginal communities engaged in research.


  • Bibliography of Native North Americans  Icon

    This database covers all aspects of native North American culture, history and life, including archeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend and literacy and contains more than 100,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada.
  • First Nations Periodical Index

    This Index contains journals of mainly Canadian Native content and serves as a tool providing access to information about First Nations for students (high school or university), educators, instructors and researchers.
  • iPortal:  Indigenous Studies Portal Research Tool (University of Saskatchewan)

    A database of full-text electronic resources such as books, articles, theses and documents as well as digitized materials such as photographs, archival resources, maps, etc. focusing primarily on First Nations and Aboriginals of Canada with a secondary focus on North American materials and beyond.  Anyone can use the freely available materials in the iPortal but some resources are licensed and may only be available through your own library.
  • Points to the Past

    Freely available to all. Choose BROWSE BY TITLE and then scroll down to select INDIGENOUS PEOPLE: NORTH AMERICA.
    The archive includes extensive monograph, manuscript, newspaper, periodical and photograph collections.

General Articles

Article databases allow you to search for articles from many different magazines, newspapers and journals at the same time. 

You will find many of these articles through the SEARCH ME! box; however, if you wish to search article databases separately, here are the ones to get you started!

All databases listed below are available to JIBC students and faculty.  If you are off-campus please contact the Library for a username and password for restricted databases 

Database Search Tips

1. Use the at the end of a word to find all endings: 

2. Use OR when you're not sure what terms to use: 

3. Use AND for fewer, but more precise, hits.  For best results, use the separate search boxes and the drop-down AND in ADVANCED SEARCH
e.g. First Search Box:  HEAL* AND 
Second Search Box

  • Academic Search Complete  Icon

    Provides abstracts and indexing for over 4,300 journals covering the social sciences, humanities, education, and more. Over 3,400 of these journals are full text (the entire article online).
  • ERIC  Icon

    ERIC®, the Educational Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. The database contains more than 1,194,000 records and links to more than 100,000 full-text documents from ERIC.
  • SocINDEX with Full Text  Icon

    SocINDEX with Full Text offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study. These include abortion, criminology & criminal justice, demography, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, rural & urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse & other addictions, violence and many others.
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Aboriginal Peoples

Links cover the following topics: corrections, education, health, residential schools, statistics, treaty negotiations, and more