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Native American Indian Heritage Month: Reference Resources

Using Reference Resources

Reference sources are a great starting point for starting research on a new topic because they provide general information on a topic. They often include the following types of information to help you get started:

  • Get an overview of a new or complex topic
  • Find out the names of key players in a given area
  • Locate terms that you can use in your research
  • Help narrow (or expand) your topic
  • Locate a bibliography of sources to help you start your research

Reference sources include encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and other sources like them. Some reference sources for global studies-related topics are listed below.

Additional Resources

The X̱wi7x̱wa Librarians at the University of British Columbia have created numerous research guides supporting indigenous research. Topics range from indigenous children's literature, to poetry, to Two-Spirit & indigiqueer studies. These guides can provide a lot of information and links to resources, but please remember that library resources that require a subscription will not work for Rio Hondo researchers. Talk to your librarian to learn if we have comparable resources.

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General Reference Sources

A selection of digital and print reference resources, including encyclopedias, handbooks, and other types of overview information.

Web Resources