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American Indian Studies: Books

Subject Searching

The basic Library Catalog search is a keyword search--you simply type your search terms into the box, and the catalog retrieves all the items that have your search terms in their catalog records.

Searching by subject is another way to find materials that focus on your topic. Each item in the Library Catalog has one or more subject terms (headings) assigned to it, When you search by subject, you retrieve only the items that have the subject for which you searched. To make a subject heading more specific, subheadings are added after it. A subheading is separated from the main heading by a double dash (--). Here are some good headings and subheadings for American Indian Studies: 

Choctaw Indians
Substitute the name of any tribe for Choctaw

Indian Art

Indians of North America

Indians of North America--Cultural assimilation

Indians of North America--Education

Indians of North America--Government relations

Indians of North America--History

Indians of North America--Legal status, laws, etc.

Indians of North America--Politics and government

Indians of North America--Religion

Indians of North America--Social conditions

Indians in Popular Culture

Once you have your subject terms, to search by subject in the Library Catalog, in the dropdown list under "Search for," select "Subject." 

To find subject headings for a subject you are studying, first use keyword searching to find some books on your general topic. Then look at their records and see what subject terms they have. You can use the subject links in the catalog records to retrieve all the items with the same subject. However, this linking scheme has some quirks, so if it seems like it is returning far too many (or too few) items, try using the Library Catalog (aka Advanced Search) screen and a Subject or Subject Phrase search with your terms.

Call Numbers

If you want to browse the library stacks, you can use these call numbers to find books on American Indians in American History.

E51-73 Pre-Columbian America. The Indians

E75-99 Indians of North America

E81-83 Indian Wars

E99 Indian Tribes and Cultures

PM101-2711 American Indian Languages

PS 153.I American Indian Literature

The E's can be found on the first floor of the library stacks, while PM is on the third floor and PS is on the fourth. Remember that given the interdisciplinary nature of liberal arts studies, you may find useful books with other call numbers too. For example, you may find books about American Indian art clasified with books on art (N) or books about American Indian law classified with books on law (K).

Interlibrary Loan--WorldCat

To find books from thousands of other libraries and request them through interlibrary loan, use WorldCat FirstSearch. You can search for books, journals, audiovisual materials, dissertations, and many other material types. When you find a resource you think would be useful in your research, you can fill out an interlibrary loan form, and Nash Library will request the book from another library. 

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