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First Nations and Indigenous Studies

Search for Indigenous Authors at X̱wi7x̱wa

Find Indigenous-authored materials at X̱wi7x̱wa Library by searching the UBC Library Catalogue for the phrase "First Nations author", along with any keywords relevant to your research topic.

Example: "First Nations author" education

When viewing search results, look for the phrase First Nations author in the Local note field in the record.

TIP: To find Indigenous illustrators, search for the phrase "First Nations illustrator".

Search for Indigenous Faculty

Explore publications by Indigenous faculty members. UBC maintains a list of Indigenous Faculty Members, who work across a range of disciplines. Other institutions may maintain similar lists. 

Search for Indigenous Organizations

Indigenous organizations and associations produce their own research, some of which is made publicly available. These publications may be available in print and/or electronic formats.

Look at the Associations page of this guide for a list of possible starting points.

Search the UBC Library Catalogue using an association as the author:


TIP: Try exploring the websites of organizations, associations, and Indigenous governments.

​Reverse Citation Search

Indigenous scholars often cite Indigenous research. For example, Indigenous scholars across many disciplines cite the book Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda Tuhiwai Smith. 

Google Scholar allows you to do a reverse citation search, which allows you to find resources that cite a specified publication.

1. Open Google Scholar and find the title you want to search, then click "cited by".


  2. Select "Search within citing articles" and try performing a keyword search to narrow your results.


3. Look for author self-identification or biographies which identify authors as Indigenous within articles.