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American Indian Studies: Find Books

This guide will help you find reliable information on American Indian studies.

Search Strategies

Begin in the STLCC Catalog to find books in the library. The two basic methods for searching are the keyword and the subject searches.

The subject search is somewhat misleading--it only searches for subjects as defined by the Library of Congress.

Because most library users are not familiar with the official Library of Congress Subject Headings, it is often a good idea to begin with a keyword search.


Catalog search wide




Keyword Searching

Some examples of keyword searching include:

American Indian Movement AND Wounded Knee

American Indians AND religion

Hopi AND pottery

Plains Indians AND war*

NOTE:  The asterisk (*) truncates a term and will retrieve all forms of the word that follow the truncation symbol.  For example, war* will retrieve war, wars, warfare, warlike, warring, etc. The asterisk can also be used as a wildcard for an unknown letter as in cemet*ry, etc.

Subject Searching

Results from your keyword searches will help you identify appropriate Library of Congress Subject Headings (LC Subject Headings).  The term "Native Americans" is not used in our catalog.  Instead, we use the LC Subject Heading, "Indians of North America."

Some examples of Subject Headings in our catalog

Indians of North America--Social Life and Customs

Cherokee language--Grammar

Ghost Dance

Subject Guide

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