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Two-Spirit & Indigenous Queer Studies

Selected Resources

For a current list of Queer and 2S resources at X̱wi7x̱wa Library see here

Search the UBC Catalogue

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 about your topic AND keywords relating to the concept of Indigenous identity. For example:

  • "First Nations"
  • Indigenous
  • Queer OR "Queer theory"
  • "Third Sex" or "Third Gender"
  • Aboriginal
  • Indian
  • Sexuality
  • Native
  • Inuit
  • Gender

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: Aborig? retrieves Aboriginal, Aboriginals, Aborigine, 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 Scheme. Come visit us and ask a Xwi7xwa librarian for a tour of the system. Here are a few highlights:

History and Culture
Education
S Health
Fine Arts
X Languages
Y Literature
PZ Two-spirit people
   
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Policy & Public Documents

Search Summon
Enter topic keyword(s) 
Limit your search to Content Type: Government Document.

Search the Des Libris Database
Under Filter/Facets, click 
Refine Your Search, then select Public Documents

TIP: Try searching for the names of government ministries or departments.

Visit the UBC Library webpage on Government Publications for more help.

Finding Videos & DVDs

UBC Library Catalogue search:
Enter topic keyword(s) AND video?
Examples:

  • "First Nations" AND "two-spirit" AND video?
  • "First nations" AND lesbian AND video?

Summon search:
Enter topic keyword(s)
Example: "First Nations" AND "two-spirit"

Select content type: Film, Streaming Video, Video Recording


Further Resources

Aboriginal Films and Filmmakers (UBC Research Guide)

National Film Board: Aboriginal Perspectives

NFB Aboriginal Peoples (special section on youth)

Note: Many NFB films are available exclusively for streaming. These films are discoverable only through searching the NFB website. If you can't find an NFB searching the UBC Library, try searching their website.