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Library Information for American Indian Studies
Olin Library houses the majority of materials in American Indian Studies among disciplines such as history, archaeology, government, linguistics, literature, sociology, folklore, women’s studies, and others. Mann Library (physical and biological anthropology, rural sociology, education), Music, Fine Arts, Law, and other Cornell libraries also hold resources in American Indian Studies.
In 2004, Cornell acquired the Huntington Free Library Collection -- vastly enriching its resources in American Indian materials. The collection is currently being evaluated and processed for incorporation into the larger collection in Olin and Kroch Libraries.
Reference, Research Consultation, and Collection Development
Reference staff are available on a walk-in basis at reference desks in every library. They can assist in locating print and online texts or journal articles, recommending reference and information resources, or database search strategies.
Research Consultations: Reference staff can also meet with Cornell-affiliated patrons one-on-one to discuss search strategies for specific research needs. To request a consultation, fill out the Consultation Request Form.
Can't find it at Cornell? To recommend a purchase in American Indian Studies for the library collection, please fill out the online Purchase Request form or contact:
Native American Studies Selector
Library Instruction for American Indian Studies
The library provides instruction in using its resources for classes from freshmen- to graduate-level seminars.
The following are examples of course-specific classes with an American Indian Studies component that instruction librarians have taught recently:
Library Research Guide for American Indian Studies
The Library Research Guide for American Indian Studies categorizes and annotates over 100 American Indian Studies information resources, primarily from CU Library reference collections. Included are encyclopedias, handbooks, guides, bibliographies, dictionaries, almanacs, online databases, select web resources, and more. Information on the page is reviewed and updated regularly.
Core Resources for American Indian Studies
Bibliography of Native North Americans
This database, from Human Relations Areas Files (HRAF), contains the citations from the cumulative 8 volumes of the Ethnographic Bibliography of North America as well as new citations. Indexes works from the sixteenth century to the present. Areas covered include education, anthropology, psychology, political science, sociology, and legal and medical research.
EENA (Early Encounters in North America)
This database, assembled from hundreds of primary sources, documents the relationships among peoples and with the environment in North America from 1534 to 1850. The collection focuses on personal accounts and provides unique perspectives from all of the protagonists. It includes works by American Indians as well as a wide range of Europeans. It captures first impressions, records hundreds of years of observations of flora and fauna, describes encounters with native peoples presents a new literature with words and metaphors created in response to new places, and much more. The database includes prints, drawings, paintings, maps, bibliographies, letters, photographs, and original facsimile pages all searchable by standardized vocabulary.
Handbook of North American Indians
A 20-volume encyclopedia of North American Indians being published over an extended period of time. Summarizes knowledge of the history and the cultures of all North American Indians and Eskimos, from the earliest prehistoric times to the present, including those peoples from America north of Meso-America including a large part of northern Mexico, all of the continental United States, Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Siberia. Each volume is independent of the other volumes and contains separate chapters on all the tribes within a geographic area, and includes illustrations, bibliographies, and an index.
For help searching online databases, please contact a reference librarian.
Find e-Journals allows you to search tens of thousands of electronic journals licensed by the Cornell University Library.
Some e-journals in American Indian Studies that Cornell subscribes to:
American Indian Quarterly
Indian Country Today
Tribal College: Journal of American Indian Higher Education
Internet Resources for American Indian Studies
National Museum of the American Indian [their comprehensive Web resource guide]
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