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Native American Studies Research Guide: Find Books

General Tips and Advice

  • Check the MSU Online Catalog for books, videos, and more.  Note that the MSU Online Catalog is a union catalog which includes the holdings of the Library of Michigan, the MSU College of Law Library, and other branches on our own campus.

  • Do a wider search using MelCat (a network of participating Michigan libraries) or WorldCat (searches thousands of libraries). You can request non-MSU Library materials through interlibrary loan. NOTE: Not all materials listed in MelCat or WorldCat can be borrowed through interlibrary loan, but many can.

  • Don't forget to use the bibliographies in reference works, books, and articles to identify other resources on your topic.

Book Reviews

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Also see New Books In Native American Studies

American Indian Studies Series

American Indian Studies Series.  American Indian Studies at MSU Press and Michigan State University seek to form an understanding of American Indian cultures and identities, the place of American Indian/Indigenous people in today's world, and the changing demands of American Indian/Indigenous peoples in the pursuit of cross-cultural diversity. This series is edited by Gordon Henry, an Anishinabe poet, novelist, and Associate Professor at the Department of English/American Studies at Michigan State University.  Main Library Catalog Links.  For even more American Indian Studies books published by the MSU Press, click here.

Civilization of the American Indian Series

Civilization of the American Indian Series(University of Oklahoma) is available in the MSU Main Library. The Civilization of the American Indian Series has as its purpose the presentation of aboriginal, historical, and contemporary American Indian life. The aboriginal field includes studies of Indian culture based upon investigation in the foundational sciences of anthropology and archaeology. The historical field embraces studies of European-Indian contacts. Studies of contemporary Indian life envisage problems in acculturation, group and personal conflicts, and maladjustments resulting from the impact of Europeans upon aboriginal American culture.  About the series.

Indian Country Books

Indian Country Books.  Indian Country Books by Native Media Network has the largest store selection of books, music, videos, news media and live TV about Native America and other Indigenous bands around the world. We have over 10,000+ titles available and ship to all of Indian Country today!


New Books in Native American Studies

New Books in Native American Studies - Facebook page featuring discussions with Native Americans about their new books.

A Book Catalog

Check this catalog for a listing of older books about Native Americans.   Note each entry usually provides an annotation.   See an interesting title?   Check the MSU catalog to see if we already own it.

Browsing Reference and Main Library Stacks

Try these Library of Congress call numbers in the Main Library stacks if you like to browse.

  • E51-61 PreColumbian America
  • E71 North America (north of Mexico)
  • E73-74 Mound Builders.  Indians of North America
  • E75-E77 (Periodicals, Collections, Dictionaries, Directories, Guide to Tribes, Study and Teaching, Research, Historiography, General Works)
  • E78 (By state, province, or region, A-Z)
  • E81-87 (Indian Wars and captivities)
  • E89-90 (Biography)
  • E91-93 (Government relations)
  • E95 Treaties
  • E96-97 (Education)
  • E98 (By special topic, A-Z)
    e.g., E98.A7 = Art; E98.E2 = Economic Conditions; E98.R3 = Religion, Mythology; E98. S7, Social life and customs; E98 .W8, Women
  • E99 (By tribe, A-Z)
    e.g., E99. C6 = Chippewa (Ojibway) Indians

Notes: Books on Indian music, art. literature, American Indians in motion pictures, health and hygiene will take your further afield.

Books on Indian Law may be shelved in the Business Library or Law School Library in the Ks.

LC Subject Headings

You may search our library catalog using terms such as "American Indian" or "Native American"; but the subject heading used in most library catalogs is "Indians of North America". You will also find subject terms that include the word "Indian" - such as "Indian art", "Indian authors", "Indian mythology", and many more. Attached is a list of possible subject headings.  And of course you can always search for names of particular Indian tribes such as Apache Indians, Iroquois Indians, Ojibwa Indians, Ottawa Indians, etc.


Indians of North America
Indians of North America--Alaska
Indians of North America--Arizona
Indians of North America--California
Indians of North America--Michigan

Indians of North America--Great Plains
Indians of North America--Southern States
Indians of North America--Southwest, New
Indians of North America--West (U.S.)

Indians of North America --Alcohol use
Indians of North America--Antiquities
Indians of North America--Civil rights
Indians of North America--Cultural assimilation
Indians of North America-- Economic conditions
Indians of North America--Education
Indians of North America--Ethnic identity
Indians of North America--Folklore

Indians of North America--Gambling
    see also Gambling on Indian reservations--United States
Indians of North America--Government relations
          subdivided by time period

Indians of North America--History
Indians of North America--Land tenure
Indians of North America--Languages
Indians of North America--Legal status, laws, etc.
Indians of North America--Missions
Indians of North America--Music
Indians of North America--Pictorial works
Indians of North America--Politics and government
Indians of North America--Public opinion
Indians of North America--Religion
Indians of North America--Relocation
Indians of North America--Rites and ceremonies
Indians of North America--Sexual behavior
Indians of North America--Social conditions
Indians of North America--Social life and customs
Indians of North America--Treaties


Indians of North America--Wars
          subdivided by time period or listed by name:
    King Philip's War, 1675-1676
    Pequot War, 1636-1638
    Pontiac's Conspiracy, 1763-1765
    United States—History--French and Indian War, 1755-1763
    Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876
          and so on by war or battle


Also try names of individuals:
Crazy Horse, ca. 1842-1877
Geronimo, 1829-1909
Pocahontas, d. 1617
Sitting Bull, 1834?-1890


Indian art
Indian authors
Indian captivities
Indian dance--North America
Indian gays--North America--Social conditions
Indian literature--History and criticism
Indian masks--North America
Indian mythology--North America
Indian philosophy--North America
Indian reservations--United States
Indian weapons--North America
Indian women--North America


Indians--Ethnic identity
Indians--First contact with Europeans
Indians--Government relations
Indians as mascots
Indians in literature
Indians in motion pictures
Indians in popular culture--United States
Indians on television
Indians--Religion and mythology
Indians, Treatment of
Indians, Treatment of--United States

Eskimos, See also Inuit


Indigenous peoples
Sacred space

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