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Native American Studies Research Guide

The content of this guide was created by Joan Berman, Librarian Emerita

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Use this research guide to find library resources to support your research in Native American Studies at Cal Poly Humboldt. Use the tabs across the top of the page to locate different types of resources.

If you need further help, Email the Research Help Desk.

Getting Started

A recent - or older, interesting, classic - book on your topic is a great start.  These can be found by browsing the book collection (see Call Numbers) or using the Library Catalog (see Subject Headings).  Or perhaps someone recommends a title "you must read."  Or you might start with one of the many reference books with their lengthy bibliographies, or with the bibliography in one of your textbooks, or with a title recommended by your instructor.

Note that the HSU Library has extensive collections of materials related to American Indians

Library Catalog

Check the Library Catalog to find known authors and titles as well as to browse by subject.

Call Numbers

Library of Congress Classification


E51-73 Pre-Columbian America
E77 General works
E78 By state, province or region, A-Z
E97 Education
E98 By subject, A-Z
E99 By Tribe, A-Z

Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Indian art North America
Indians of North America - Fishing
Indians of North America - Education
Indians of North America - California - Education
Navajo Indians - Education
Education - California
United States - Civilization - Indian influences

broadest approach is Keyword:
Indian? religion
Indian? fishing
(the "?" retrieves both singular and plural forms, Indian and Indians)

See also the ANSS Cataloging Questions & Answers for tips on subject searching and the AILA Subject Access and Classification Committee Wiki to keep up with changes and hot topics in subject heading work.

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