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.
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.
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.
When you click on a database, you will be prompted to log in with your Gustavus username and password.
If it doesn't work, call the main desk (x7558) for help.
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?