Subject Guide with Search Tips for American Indian Studies
Books and Media | Articles | Internet

Getting Started

These sources provide a good beginning.  Some contain general discussion or an overview.  This kind of background will often suggest topics, jargon, or keywords for further research.


American Indians
Markowitz, Harvey , consulting editor
E76.2 .A45 1995
This set covers a wide range of persons, tribes, organizations, cultural and historical events, and contemporary issues of U.S., Canadian, and some Mesoamerican Indian groups. Individual entries appear for 275 North American tribes.

Encyclopedia of North American Indians
Hoxie, Frederick E., ed.
E 76.2 .E53 1996
Covering Arctic to southeastern peoples, separate articles on more than one hundred major tribes - from Abenaki to Zuni - discuss community origins, rituals and beliefs, social organizations, and present-day life.

Handbook of North American Indians
Sturtevant, William C., ed.
E 77 .H25
his scholarly work is the most authoritative and comprehensive title available on the topic.

Books and Media

Use the Library Catalog http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/library/ to find books, periodicals, and media on your topic.  You can enter keywords of your own choosing, or you can identify the specific subject headings that the library catalog uses to group related materials together. 

Suggested Subject Headings
American Indians
Indians of North America

Selected Call Numbers
E76  - E77

Killing the White Man’s Indian: Reinventing Native Americans at the End of the Twentieth Century. 
Bordewich, Fergus M.
E 99 .T77 B67 1996 San Marcos & Escondido Center, CIRCULATING


American Revolution in Indian Country: Crisis and Diversity in
Native American Communities.
Calloway, Collin G
E83.775 .C35 1996 Escondido Center, CIRCULATING


Chronology of Native North American History: From Pre-Columbian Times to the Present. 
Champagne, Duane, ed. 
E 77 .C555 1994 Escondido and Pauma Centers, CIRCULATING

Sorrow in our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh
Eckert, Allan W.
E99 .S35 .T135 1992  Escondido Center, CIRCULATING

Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation.
Ehle, John. 
E 76.2 .E53 1996 San Marcos, Escondido Center, Pauma, CIRCULATING

Indians of North America.
Perf. Marty Moss-Coane.
E 77 .I532 1995   (video) San Marcos, Escondido Center, Pauma, CIRCULATING

People Called Apache
Mails, Thomas E. 
E 99 .A6 M35 1993 Escondido Center, Pauma, CIRCULATING

Indians of the United States
Wissler, Clark.
E 77 .W799 1989 Escondido Center, Pauma, CIRCULATING


Rolling Thunder; a Personal Exploration into the Secret Healing Powers of an American Indian Medicine Man
Boyd, Doug
E 90 .R74 B69  San Marcos, CIRCULATING

Coyote Medicine
Mehl-Madrona, Lewis. 
R 733 .M443 1997 Pauma, CIRCULATING

American Indian Medicine
Vogel, Virgil J. 
E 98  .M4 V6


Myths and Legends

Native American Myths and Legends
E 98 .R3 N37 1994 Escondido & Pauma, CIRCULATING
Storytelling Stone: Traditional Native American Myths and Tales
E 98. F6 S76 1991 San  Marcos, CIRCULATING


Articles are usually identified by using online research databases or printed indexes.  Printed indexes are especially helpful for older material.  Journal, magazine, and newspaper articles can supply the latest information on a topic and often contain details not available elsewhere.

EBSCOhost http://prozy.palomar.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.asp?profile=web

EBSCOhost provides access to several databases including magazine, journal and newspaper articles.  For a guide on how to search EBSCOhost, go to Using EBSCOhost at http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/ebsco.htm

CQ Researcher


CQ Researcher is a weekly report which discusses current topics of public interest.  Here are sample articles on Native Americans:

  • Cooper, Mary H.  “Native Americans’ Future.”  CQ Researcher.  12 July 1996: 601+.
  • Worsnop, Richard L.  “Gambling Under Attack.”  CQ Researcher.  6 Sept. 1996: 769+. 


Basic internet Search Strategies - Use a directory, subject portal, or search engine to focus your Internet search.   In addition to those listed below, find more sites on the Palomar Library Subject Links site at http://www.palomar.edu/library/subjects.htm.  Information on evaluating websites can be found at http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SelfHelp.htm#websearching.

Many interesting websites are available through Palomar College's Subject Links. Select either American Indian Studies or Native American Studies. Sample websites:

Information on Citation Styles – In order to create a bibliography for your research paper, you will need to follow the rules of a specific style.  For a list of styles and information on how to use them, go to How to Write a Bibliography at http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SubjectGuides/WritingStyles.htm

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