Ethnic Studies

This guide contains recommended resources for doing research in Ethnic Studies.


Welcome to the Ethnic Studies Research Site, your information gateway for research, teaching, and learning. Feel free to contact me for your research and classroom needs.
-Leticia Wiggins

American Indian Studies

Librarian's Choice


"The  National Museum of the American Indian is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the native Americans of the Western Hemisphere. The collection includes three-dimensional objects and photographic images. NMAI's distinctive curvilinear architecture, indigenous landscaping, and permanent exhibitions were designed in collaboration with Native peoples from North America, Mexico, Central America, and South America. The Museum hosts exhibits, films, educational programs, live performances, and conferences."

 From NMAI Home Page

Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
Phone: 202-633-1000
TTY (non-voice): 202-633-5285

American Indian Studies Databases

American Indian Histories and Cultures   The American Indian Histories and Cultures database contains manuscripts, documents, artwork and rare printed books beginning with the earliest contact with European explorers. This database is organized by American Indian history thematic zones: American Indians and the European Powers; Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; American Indians and the US Government; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters; Missionaries and Education; Trade and Indian Economies and the Civil Rights Movement. Digitized resources from the Edward E. Ayer Collection for American Indian Histories and Cultures located at The Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois.

Bibliography of Native North Americans  Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database containing resources on and about Indigenous American culture, life, and history. The BNNA provides citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents.

Early Encounters in North America   The Early Encounters in North America database                          contains foundation literature on the peoples, cultures and environment of North America.                          Database contains the accounts of early encounters between Native Americans, Africans,                            and Europeans at group and personal levels.

EBSCOhost Databases (Native Peoples)  A multi-interdisciplinary suite of databases covering the arts, humanities, law, life and health sciences, social sciences, science and technology. Databases contain content from popular magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, documents, books, reports, conference proceedings, and other digital media. Features Open Cluster Searching, Select -- Academic Search Complete; America: History & Life; Anthropology Plus; Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA); Chicano Database; eBook Subscription Diversity & Ethnic Studies; Ethnic Diversity Source; Political Science Complete (PSC); Race Relations Abstracts; and Sociological Collection.

Ethnic NewsWatch  The Ethnic NewsWatch resource contains newspapers published by and for United States cultural, ethnic, and racial minority groups. This database provides ethnic perspectives on topics of national interest that may vary from mainstream mass media interpretations.

Historical Newspapers  Provides researchers in history, politics, economics, business, and the arts access to primary and secondary sources: Palmer's Index to the Times, 1790 to 1905; The Official Index to the Times, 1906 to 1980; The Historical Index to the New York Times 1851 to September 1922: and Palmer's Full Text Online, 1785-1870.

Opposing Viewpoints  Opposing Viewpoints in Context contains Greenhaven Press, Gale, Macmillan Reference USA™, Charles Scribner’s Sons® and U•X•L titles. This database provides access to primary source articles, reference material, newspapers, statistics, and images covering current political and social issues.

Oxford Bibliographies  This bibliographic driven database provides access to annotated research guides in African Studies, Childhood Studies, Latino Studies, Music, Public Health and other humanities/social science research areas.

Pop Culture Universe  Database is a diverse interdisciplinary resource covering; arts and visual culture, business and advertising, ethnic and group culture, fashion, and appearance, film, food and drink, literature, music, politics, recreation and leisure, religion and spirituality, sports, television and radio, and technology and media.

Readers’ Guide Retrospective  Database is the best resource for finding popular magazine articles on a variety of subjects. Provides coverage of United States cultural and historical events, 1890-1982. 

Web of Science Core Collection Core collection contains records of articles from global research journals including open access journals, conference proceedings, and monographs. Core Collection includes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Book Citation Index (BKCI), and Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI).


Land acknowledgements are statements that recognize the history of colonization and settling of North America. These statements often act to rectify historical narratives which often exclude appropriate acknowledgment of indigenous land ownership.

Land acknowledgements take different form depending on the location and author of the words.

Ohio State's Newark Earthworks Center is working to develop a land acknowledgement for Ohio State University, they write:

"To date, The Ohio State University does not have an official land acknowledgement statement. In brief, this means that our university has yet to formally recognize the tremendous amount of territory and other forms of wealth that have been taken from Native Americans over the past several hundred years [...]

First, we will recognize the Tribes who were forcibly removed from their historic homes in service to the founding of the state of Ohio. Here, we will acknowledge that territories taken from Tribes such as the Delaware, Miami, Ojibwe, Peoria, Potawatomi, Seneca, Shawnee and Wyandotte were used to build Ohio State’s six campuses. 

Second, we will recognize the Tribes whose land was taken – often through brute force or lopsided treaties – and then sold to raise monies that contributed to the establishment of Ohio State University.

Third, we will make certain that the Land Acknowledgement focuses on the past, present and future; that is, recognizing the past wrongdoings, the present harm that continues to be visited upon American Indians, and the future need for Ohio State to engage in ongoing dialogue and reparative activities associated with these injustices. 

Fourth and finally, we are working directly with Tribal Leaders and community representatives to ensure that Ohio State’s Land Acknowledgement accurately reflects the perspectives, values and traditions of Tribal communities." 

Learn more about the Earthworks' Land Acknowledgement here.


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