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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 education. For example:

  • "First Nations"
  • Indigenous
  • Aboriginal
  • Indian
  • Native
  • Inuit
AND
  • Curric?
  • Pedagog?
  • Teach?
  • "Lesson plan"
  • "Unit plan"
  • "Teaching aid"
  • "Teacher's guide"
  • TGuide
  • "Activity book"

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: Curric? retrieves Curriculum, Curricula, Curricular, etc.

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

Browse Call Numbers

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

See call numbers beginning with E for materials on education:

  • ET - General
  • ETA - Preschool and Kindergarten
  • ETE - Elementary
  • ETS - Secondary
  • ETT - Adult

See call numbers beginning with YU for children's literature:

  • YUA - Primary-Intermediate
  • YUB - Intermediate-Junior
  • YUC - Junior-Secondary
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Finding Materials in the Community

"Community resources are integral to creating a learning environment that is consistent with First Peoples ways of learning. In addition to providing rich learning experiences for students, community resource people are sometimes the only available source of oral texts." (From In Our Own Words: Bringing  Authentic First Peoples Content to the K-3 Classroom).

Resources include:

See the Associations page of this guide for a list of Education Associations. See the Associations page of the First Nations & Indigenous Studies guide for a more comprehensive list of Indigenous Associations.

From In Our Own Words: Bringing  Authentic First Peoples Content to the K-3 Classroom (page 17).

Puppet Collection

Xwi7xwa Library has a growing collection of Native Explore Puppets from the Storyteller's Puppet Collection, designed by Indigenous artists for use in and outside the classroom. As well as proving an excellent resource for storytelling, using puppets as a teaching tool can improve communication and collaboration for young learners, and bridge gaps between actual and imaginative play in the classroom. Puppets can also play an important role in teaching languages, through helping learners to enhance their listening skills and internalize oral language patterns.

Puppets available to borrow from Xwi7xwa Library include:

Browse the puppet collection from the Xwi7xwa Library website by searching either of the following:


For more information on teaching with puppets, please visit: