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American Indian Studies: Find Articles & E-Journals

Starting point for research in American Indian Studies

Finding Journal Articles & more

Articles on American Indian, Native American, or indigenous topics can be found in databases covering various disciplines. Those listed here are some of the major databases for conducting research on topics in ethnic studies.


Database searching tips

Use databases to find citations (and sometimes full text) to articles and other materials. There are specialized databases for various subjects. Listed in the boxes below are some selected database starting points for finding articles on topics in Native Americans.


  • The connector AND returns results with both terms:  Muckleshoot AND treatise;
    Existing Indian Family Exception AND ICWA
  • The connector OR returns results with either term:  American Indians OR Native Americans OR First Nations
    Good for use with related terms or synonyms
  • Placing terms in parentheses ( ) indicates separate concepts, like an equation, (A or B) and C
    genocide AND ( American Indians OR Native Americans OR First Nations )
  • Placing two or more words in quotation marks " " returns results using that specific phrase
    "First Nations"
  • Truncation * returns results with a root word and any ending
    genocid* [finds genocide, genocides, genocidal ...]

Note:  some databases use different truncation symbols (* is most common; others include !, $,


Starting Points for American Indian Studies

The databases below provide access to articles, many in full-text.

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 Access for all on-campus; login required from off-campus. Accessible off-campus by UWNetID.

E-Journals in American Indian Studies

E-Journals are online full-text scholarly (academic, peer reviewed, refereed) publications to which the library subscribes.

No Online Article Available

If the full-text of an article is not available directly in a database such as America: History and Life, then click on the Check for Full Text UW  button to find out if the UW has an electronic or print copy of the journal article you need. If there is no button, then check UW Libraries Search for the title of the journal to determine if the UW owns a copy.

Journal Search

Journal Search
Search or browse journal titles held at UW. Can't find it? Request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Open-Access Resources

Open-access Journal

A premier journal in Native American studies, American Indian Culture and Research Journal (AICRJ) publishes book reviews, literature, and original scholarly papers on a wide range of issues in the fields of history, anthropology, geography, sociology, political science, health, literature, law, education, and the arts. It is published by the American Indian Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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