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First Nations and Indigenous Studies

Using 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.

Each database may have their own way and limitations of searching within the database. Some may use "And," "Or," quotation marks and other search strategies listed on the books & media tab, but some may not. If you are not getting the results you're expecting within a database, make sure the search is worded the way the database works. 

TIP: Searching databases with the keywords recommended in this research guide is a good starting strategy. However, be aware that some databases may use different terminology. When you find a relevant article, check the subject headings and article description for terminology that could be useful in a new keyword search.

General Databases

Education

Health

History & Culture

Law

Literature

Looking for more resources?

Remember that First Nations and Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary field!

Browse the UBC Library Research Guides to find other subject-specific resources to help you with your research.