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Indigenous Peoples: Books

This guide supports Prof. Ulrike Wiethaus' courses on Indigenous Peoples.

Locating Books

Books are arranged by call number - a unique address that tells you where to find it.  Call numbers include letters and numbers; you'll find a book's call number in the catalog.  Not sure where to find that call number?  Click on the link for LOCATION in the book's catalog record and you'll see a guide that tells you in which wing (Wilson or Reynolds) and on what floor you'll find it.  Then, as you walk along the rows of books, look for the signs that tell you which call number range is contained in each row.

Problems find a book?  Ask at the reference desk.

Using the catalog

The online catalog is used to find books in the library; it will also direct you to government documents and electronic books. You can search for a book by author, title, keyword or subject.  Subject Headings are assigned by the Library of Congress and may not be the same word you would use to describe your topic; if you're unsure of the subject heading for your topic, begin with a keyword search.

Some useful Library of Congress Subject Headings for this topic:

  • Cherokee Indians
  • Ethnobotany
  • Healing
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America Medicine
  • Indians of North America North Carolina
  • Lumbee Indians
  • Medicine Traditional
  • North Carolina History Colonial period, ca. 1600 - 1775
  • Shamanism
  • Teton Indians (for Lakota Indians)

Refining a search in the catalog

Subject Guide

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