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Indigenous Studies: Getting Started

This guide will be a useful starting point for many Indigenous Studies topics. We would like to acknowledge that the University of Regina is located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 lands.

Let's Get Started!

It is important how to effectively read and understand journal articles.  It is a critical part of the cyclical research process.  This handout gives concise and practical tips for reading a humanities and social science journal article.

Maintaining academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism are vital when writing.  Understanding the intentional and unintentional use of an individual's ideas or words is critical.  Some guidelines are here.  

The University of Regina Library has a series of How Do I...guides that offer explanations on the basics of getting started to do research. 

A few short video tutorials are here.

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Literature Reviews

Several university libraries have resoures on how to compile a literature review.  A partial list can be found here.

Content and updates

This guide is meant to be a possible starting point for many topics covered in the Indigenous Studies (INDG) 100 course that is taught at First Nations University of Canada.  It may also be useful for students taking courses containing substantial Indigenous content that are offered at the University of Regina.  

This guide is not an exhaustive list of resources.  Try searching Summon, the Library catalogue, and journal/newspaper/magazine article databases for more information on your topic.

Check back often; we'll be adding resources to this page.  Comments and suggestions are welcome!

Other useful sources

A terminology guidebook for reporting on Aboriginal topics is here

Hill Times: It is an independently owned subscription, Ottawa based newspaper that has been published since 1989.  It covers Canadian federal politics and it has a large section about Aboriginal Affairs. 

Below are other sources that may may help in your research:

All things Indigenous (books, papers, acts and theses)

APTN (Aboriginal People's Television Network)

ECCU 400: Teaching Treaties in the Classroom

EIND 305: Curriculum and Instruction Adaptation for Indigenous Education

EIST 300: Indigenous Studies Primary Resources

First Nations University of Canada Library

First Nations University Library Guides

Free Online Viewable Films in Indigenous Studies

Indian History Film Project (transcripts of interviews with First Nations elders from across Canada)

Indigenous Health Studies 100

INDG 222 - Topics in Cultural Heritage

INSW 200 - Introduction to Social Work  

Searching oURspace for Information on the Indian Act

Summon (a research tool that allows you to search multiple databases and the Archer Library catalogue in a single seach. Summon is the default option for searching on the Archer Library's home page.  You can also connect to Summon directly hereSummon is multidisciplinary, and is a great place to start your research in journal and newspaper articles, books, government documents, maps, music recordings, videos and more).

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Michael Shires
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