Try these basic strategies to begin your research in the UBC Library Catalogue.
Combine keywords relating to the concept of Indigenous identity AND keywords about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. For example:
- "First Nations"
- "Indians of North America"
- Musqueam (or any nation)
- "Human Trafficking"
- "Domestic Violence"
- "Indigenous Women"
- "Sexual Abuse"
- "Matriate" or "Rematriate"
- “MMIW National Inquiry”
- "Sisters in Spirit"
- "Stolen Sisters"
- "Missing women"
- "Violence Against Women"
- "Missing and Murdered Indigenous women"
- “MMIW Commission*”
- "Highway of Tears"
Helpful Hints for Keyword Searches
- Use quotation marks to search for a phrase.
Example: "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women"
- Use a question mark or asterisk to truncate a term to search for words with the same stem.
Example: crim? or crim* retrieves crime, crimes, criminal, and criminology
To search for articles that specifically mention MMIWG, use:
(MMIWG OR OR "Missing and murdered indigenous women and girls" OR "Missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls")
To search for articles about violence and crimes against indigenous women in Canada, use:
(Indigenous OR OR "first nations" OR Inuit OR Métis or Aboriginal)
AND (women OR woman OR girl* OR female*)
AND (murder* OR violen* OR traffic* OR abuse OR missing OR crime* OR exploitation OR "human trafficking")
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.