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Indigenous Research Methodologies

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TIP: If you limit your search to Location: X̱wi7x̱wa Library, you do not need to use keywords like "Indigenous" because our collection centres Indigenous scholarship and perspectives. You will retrieve fewer results, which means you may exclude some relevant materials, but it also means you will not have to sift through pages of results that have little to do with Indigeneity.

Finding Materials in the UBC Catalogue

IMPORTANT: the dominant structure for organizing information is from a western perspective, for this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources; do not hesitate to contact us for assistance navigating this.

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 research. For example:

  • "First Nations"
  • Indigenous
  • Aboriginal
  • Indian
  • "Indians of North America"
  • Native
  • Inuit
  • Métis
  • Musqueam (or any nation)
  • "Research method?"
  • Pedagog?
  • "Research ethic?"
  • "Traditional knowledge"
  • Methodolog?
  • Praxis

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: Method? retrieves Method, Methods, Methodology, Methodologies, Methodological, 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 X̱wi7x̱wa 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

X̱wi7x̱wa Library uses a unique Classification Scheme

Materials on Indigenous research methodologies generally have call numbers beginning with the letter P. Additional relevant classes include: 

CXZ - Native American Intellectuals
E - Education (General)
PA - Indigenous Knowledge Systems / Intellectual Property 
PD - Libraries
PDA - Archives
PDC - Museums
T - Worldview
WKA - Contemporary Indigenous Art History and Criticism
Y - Literature (General)
YC - Literary Criticism

Finding Indigenous Perspectives

See the First Nations and Indigenous Studies research guide for tips on finding scholarship that centres Indigenous perspectives.