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Native North America

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This guide is intended to help people doing research in the history of Native North America (excluding the area that is now contemporary Mexico).

To start

This guide is intended to help people doing research in the history of Native North America (excluding the area that is now contemporary Mexico).

Once you have selected a topic and discussed it with your instructor you will want to start your research. To start looking for materials you can start with three items: the dated but still useful American Historical Association's published bibliography, Guide to Historical Literature, the Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, volume 1 North America Part 1 and Part 2, and the preeminent database for articles on the history of present-day Canada and the United States, America History and Life. These items serve different purposes.

The two-volume Guide to Historical Literature is a listing of the most important books --- usually in the English language --- by topic, and thus is invaluable to learning what is the past scholarship in the field, including what are some of the debates and who are the leading scholars on a specific topic. The pages relevant to this course are in volume 2, Section 36 Native Peoples of the Americas. This section opens a brief introduction by Frederick E. Hoxie, a distinguished specialist on the field. The section is subdivided by geography and then chronologically with 269 titles listed for Canada and the United States, each with a signed short abstract by a specialist. Using relevant titles gleaned from the section you should then check them against Bobcat to find out not only if the library owns the book, but also what the Library of Congress considers the subject(s) to be. Using these library subject headings in the catalogue will give you a number of other published works, but also -- and importantly -- similar books published since the Guide to Historical Literaturee. You should also mine the bibliographies of the books you find in Bobst to identify more works, but also to identify relevant primary sources such as newspapers, archival and manuscript collections and published works such as diaries, memoirs, etc.

The two-volume Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, volume 1 North America, Part 1 and Part 2 contains fifteen chapters by leading scholars on a wide range of topics.

America: History & Life is the source for periodical literature, dissertations, and H-Net on the history of Canada and the United States up to the present. It includes scholarship in numerous languages (but no Native American languages). Because it is online you can also search it using keywords, or use the database's own subject headings to explore and find more works.

Aside from these items, what other bibliographies and databases you chose to use will largely be driven by your specific research. This research guide tries to help guide your selections amongst in the vast number of available sources. You can also contact me for assistance. Buen provecho.<.

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