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Indigenous Librarianship

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TIP: If you limit your search to Location: Xwi7xwa Library, you don't need to use keywords like "Indigenous" because our collection centers Indigenous scholarship and perspectives. You'll retrieve fewer results, which means you may exclude some relevant materials, but it also means you won't have to sift through pages of results that have little to do with Indigeneity.

Finding Materials in the UBC Catalogue

Try these basic strategies to begin your research in the UBC Library Catalogue.

Keyword Searches

Combine keywords relating to the concept of Indigenous identity AND keywords about librarianship. For example:

  • "First Nations"
  • Indigenous
  • Aboriginal
  • Indian
  • "Indians of North America"
  • Native
  • Inuit
  • Métis
  • Musqueam (or any nation)

AND

  • Librar?
  • "Information science"
  • "Information systems"
  • "Knowledge organization"
  • Cataloging
  • Classification

Helpful Hints for Keyword Searches

  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase.
    Example: "First Nations"
  • Use a question mark to truncate a term to search for words with the same stem.
    Example: 
    Librar? retrieves Library, Libraries, Librarian, Librarianship, etc.

Try these basic strategies to begin your research in the UBC Library Catalogue.

Subject Headings

Subject headings are a tool designed to help researchers find similar materials. These are only some examples of the many subject headings that Xwi7xwa Library uses. Spend a few minutes exploring them when you find a book in the catalogue that supports your research.

Browse Catalogue > Subject begins with:

Try these basic strategies to begin your research in the UBC Library Catalogue.

Browse Call Numbers

Xwi7xwa Library uses a unique Classification SchemeCome by the library to browse the shelves or search for the following call numbers on our online catalogue.

  • PA - Indigenous knowledge systems / Intellectual property
  • PC - Communications and media
  • PD - Libraries 
  • PDA - Archives
  • PDC - Museums
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Finding Videos

Try searching YouTube using the following keywords: 

  • Tribal libraries
  • First Nations libraries
  • Indigenous libraries
  • Aboriginal archives