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Indigenous Environmental and Science Resources


How to Search Article Databases

  1. First do a search for the population using subject headings and keywords. 
  2. Next search for your other concepts.
  3. Finally combine using AND.  

Useful population keywords might include:

  • Aboriginal
  • Indigenous
  • "First Nation*"
  • Inuit* 
  • Metis 
  • "Native American*" 
  • "American Indian*"

Note that the asterisk at the end of a term will search for singular and plural word forms. You might combine your population keywords with geographic location terms, such as Canada or British Columbia. 

Many databases have subject headings you can also use in your search to find more relevant results. Please be aware that often the subject headings in databases use outdated and potentially offensive terminology.