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American Indian Studies Research Guide

American Indian Studies Databases

Database search tips

Tips Examples
Use keywords, not long search phrases

Instead of searching for "How do we embed indigenous perspectives into education?" break down your search into the main keywords:

indigenous perspectives, education, embed

To get more focused results:

Use quotation marks (" ") to keep phrases together

Use AND to combine different keywords

"indigenous perspective" AND education AND embed

To get broader results:

Use OR to combine similar/associated keywords

Truncate words that have a variety of endings with a *

(indigenous OR "American Indian") AND educat* AND (embed* or inclusive)


educat* educating, educate, education

Look for ways to limit your search in the database You can often limit by type of article (scholarly and peer-reviewed) & year of publication

What is a scholarly article?