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American Indian Studies

Background Information

A great starting points for gathering background information on any research topic is using reference sources.  They provide the who, why, where, and how, in a very concise format.

Traditional reference sources include:






Research Tips


Indigenous communities around the world have numerous ways of identifying themselves.  Always check under the specific tribal name. 

In addition, try using some of the following terms:

  • American Indians
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of Mexico
  • Native Americans
  • Native People
  • First Nations
  • First People
  • Indigenous people
  • Tribes


American Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary area of scholarship.  Be sure to check other Research Guides for additional information.