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Indigenous Publishers, Distributors & News Media

Keywords

It can be difficult to find articles about Aboriginal publishing and media. Searches tend to retrieve Aboriginal periodicals themselves, rather than research or analysis about Aboriginal periodicals and other forms of media. 

Try searching within specific databases or Summon by combining keywords relating to to the concept of Aboriginal identity AND keywords about media. For example:

  • "First Nations"
  • Indigenous
  • Aboriginal
  • Indian
  • Native
  • Inuit
AND
  • "Publishers and publishing"
  • "Book publishing"
  • "Mass media"

Helpful Hints for Keyword Searches in Summon

  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase.
    Example: "First Nations"
  • Use an asterisk to truncate a term to search for words with the same stem.
    Example: Indigen* retrieves Indigenous, Indigeneity, Indigenization, Indigene, etc.

Summon

Enter general keywords.

TIP: Limit your results to journal articles by selecting Content Type: Journal Article (under "Refine Your Search" on the left-hand side of the screen). You can also filter by publication date, academic discipline, and language; limit your result to peer reviewed publications; and exclude certain formats (e.g. newspapers) from your results.

TIP: Use quotation marks to search for a phrase (e.g. "First Nations"). Use an asterisk to truncate a term to search for words with the same stem (e.g. Curric* retrieves Curriculum, Curricula, Curricular, etc.).

Why Databases?

Searching within databases can be more time consuming than using Summon, but there are advantages to this research strategy: 

  • Databases are usually limited by academic discipline, which means you'll retrieve fewer results but they may be more relevant.
  • Databases are highly structured, which means you can perform complex searches using controlled vocabulary.

The following databases are useful for finding articles related to Indigenous publishing. For a more comprehensive list, see the Articles page of our First Nations and Indigenous Studies research guide.

Selected Databases