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ENG 226: Native American Literatures

Welcome to the library course page for ENG 226: Native American Literatures.  The resources on this guide will help you delve into the research conversation surrounding your topic. Remember that you've also got access to people resources, too - librarians! Please send me an email with any questions or issues you've got about your research. You can also reach out if you want some advice about best ways to research your topic. My contact info is below my picture. Also, check out the Getting Started tutorial if you are new to college-level research.

Check out the other pages on this guide as well. You'll see detailed information on finding materials from other libraries in Tracking Down Materials. You'll also find search tips and an overview of conducting a bibliographic trace, which is an excellent way to do sophisticated, efficient research.

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Recommended Article Databases

The major database for the study of literature is the MLA International Bibliography (linked below).  Use it especially if you are approaching your topic from a literary criticism perspective. For other topics, you will want to consider a range of options. I've given you a number of other databases to consider - be sure to read the database description & keep in mind the types of sources you're looking for.

Native American Authors & Literatures

Here, you'll find a variety of sources related to your course. It's not a comprehensive list, but it should get you started. Use the reference books to gain a solid overview of possible topics. Be sure to look for other books & articles, too - those links are on the left-hand side. Books related to Native Americans are in the E50-E100 call number range & books on Native American Literature are in PS 153.I52, so browse those sections, too.  

General Native American Resources

General Literary Criticism


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Julie Gilbert
I love meeting with students and faculty to talk about your research, including any issues you have - or even if you just want to brainstorm. There are lots of ways to reach me. Email me with questions or use the old fashioned phone number below to contact me. Or stop by during my reference/office hours: Wednesdays from 2:30 - 4:30 and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30. I'll either be in my office (Library 108B on the lower level) or the reference desk on the main floor.

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Searching for Websites

To look for reputable websites, be thinking about the groups and organizations that would be a) involved in the conversation you are researching and b) experts in the field. Are there nonprofit groups working on your topic? Have you looked at tribal government websites or other government agencies? 

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