RE200: Indigenous Religious Traditions
Humanities Liaison Librarian
Sacred Lands Project
Finding a Topic
Deciding which indigenous group and which land reclamation you wish to study may be the most difficult part of the assignment. We’ll discuss some approaches.
A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
While this is a course focusing on religion, the study of indigenous peoples is a multi-disciplinary field. Below are databases in anthropology, history, sociology, and several broader databases such as EBSCO’s Academic Search Complete and JSTOR. Don’t limit your research to one database. Once you know what land reclamation situation you intend to research, try appropriate keywords in any of these databases that seems likely.
- Academic Search Complete
- Coverage: 1865 - current
- Large database with extensive full text access to journals, in addition to abstracts and indexing. Subject coverage is general and broad.
- Coverage: 1888 -
- AnthroSource is an online resource for core journals in the field of anthropology, developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA). One may access complete archives of all AAA journals and current issues of 11 of the AAA's most popular journals, including American Anthropologist, Cultural Anthropology and American Ethnologist.
- America, History & Life
- Coverage: 1863 - current
- Covers American history.
- ATLA Religion Database With ATLASerials
- Coverage: 1949 - current
- Contains more than a million citations from more than a thousand international titles and multi-author works in Religion. Spans over 50 years with selected records going back to 1818. Some full text.
- Historical Abstracts
- Coverage: 1967 - current
- Covers world history.
- Coverage: late 1800's - most recent 0-5 years
- Archival access to many scholarly periodicals. Some titles include current issues while others have a moving wall imposed on them.
- Social Sciences Abstracts
- Coverage: 1983 - current
- International, English-language periodicals in sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science, and law. Broader coverage than SocIndex.
News, Recent and Historical
For recent news try these sources.
- LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe
- Coverage: 1977 - current
- Access to popular press material such as newspaper articles. Also contains law review articles.
- Newspaper Source
- Coverage: 1985-current
- Full text for more than 40 major U.S. and international newspapers; also contains selective full text for more than 330 regional U.S. newspapers and full text transcripts from television and radio news.
- Historical Newspapers (Proquest)
- Coverage: 1800's -
- Provides complete, full-image access to historical articles from the Atlanta Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times from 1881 and the New York Times from 1851. For current online articles use Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe.
You’ll find even more options on the History and Primary Sources Subject Guide.
Popular Culture Project
Later in the block, you’ll be looking at how issues relating to indigenous cultures are presented in popular media. In addition to many of the databases above, the following may be helpful.
- Communication & Mass Media Complete
- Coverage: Early 20th century - current
- Covers all areas of communication and mass media. Includes full text for over 200 titles and citations to research journals, as well as major journalism reviews, recent encyclopedias, and handbooks in the area of communications studies. Some journals are indexed back as far as the early decades of the 20th century.
- Film & Television Literature Index
- Coverage: 1980s - current
- Indexes journals covering all areas of film and television, from reviews to film & TV theory to more technical aspects.
- MLA International Bibliography
- Coverage: 1963 - current
- Literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over journals and series published worldwide.