Searching within databases can be more time consuming than using Summon, but there are advantages to this research strategy:
The following databases are useful for finding articles related to this topic. For a more comprehensive list, see the Articles page of our First Nations and Indigenous Studies research guide.
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 expected 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.
Driskill, Q-L. (2011). Doubleweaving Two-Spirit Critiques: Building Alliances between Native and Queer Studies. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 16(1) pp. 69-92.
Hames-García, M. (2013). What's After Queer Theory? Queer Ethnic and Indigenous Studies. Feminist Studies 39(2), pp. 384-404.
Hunt, S. & Holmes, C. (2015). Everyday Decolonization: Living a Decolonizing Queer Politics. Journal of Lesbian Studies 19(2), pp. 154-172.
Miranda, D. A. (2002). Dildos, Hummingbirds, and Driving Her Crazy: Searching for American Indian Women’s Love Poetry and Erotics. Frontiers 23.
Morgensen, S. L. (2012). Theorising Gender, Sexuality and Settler Colonialism: An Introduction. Settler Colonial Studies 2(2), pp. 2-22.
Walters, Karina L., et al. (2008). ""My Spirit in My Heart": Identity Experiences and Challenges among American Indian Two-Spirit Women." Journal of Lesbian Studies 10(1-2), pp. 125-149.
Wesley, S. (2014). Twin-Spirited Woman: Sts'iyo´ye smestı´yexw slha´:li. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 1(3), pp. 338-351
Wilson, A. (2008). N'tacimowin inna nah': Our coming in stories. Canadian Woman Studies 26(3), pp. 193-199.
Try some of these tips for searching in databases to make your research go a little smoother.
Searching by browsing subject headings allows you to see material that has been described as being about a certain subject. For example, in the LGBT Life with Full Text database, researchers can browse through articles with the subject "two spirit" by clicking "SU Subject Terms" from the dropdown menu of the search bar.
Click on a result and scroll down to the list of subject terms. Click on "two-spirit people" to browse articles by subject.
To search by subject using UBC's search tool, select "Advanced Search" in the bottom right-hand corner.
Click "Subject Terms" from the "All Fields" dropdown menu. Enter keywords relevant to your topic. You can also refine your search further by discipline, year and content type. To narrow your search further, use multiple subject terms (Be cautious here. Too many subjects will be too narrow). Click "AND" beneath the search bar to search with two subject keywords. Hit the "+" button to add more search fields.
Find a resource you're interested in and click "more info."
From here, scroll down until you find the list of subjects the resource is about. Click one of the links to browse material by subject area.
Every database uses different subjects and keywords to describe articles. Combine different keywords related to your topic and do at least several searches to find the most relevant results in the specific database you are using.
Note the language and words used to describe relevant articles by specific databases and use these phrases when searching.
Broad keyword suggestions for Two-spirit and Indigenous Queer studies include:
Often, databases will suggest similar articles that can be relevant to your research. Try checking them out to see if they are helpful to your research!