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History 324: American Indian History: Library Sources

An online course guide for finding library resources in History 324.

Library Databases

Use a library database to find articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers. Choose the database(s) you need based on your topic. Some databases cover a variety of subject areas and others are more specialized.

Try the databases below to explore topics in American Indian History:

Borrowing Materials from Other Libraries

If Andersen Library does not have the item that you need, or it is checked out, the Library can usually borrow the item from another library. The lending service you use depends upon the resource you wish to borrow. For assistance, please contact a reference librarian.


  • Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)
    Use to borrow articles, books, and other materials not available at Andersen Library or through UW Request. Approximate turnaround time is 2-4 weekdays for articles; 5-7 weekdays for most other items. For more information, go to the Interlibrary Loan Service web page.


  • Dissertations
    Citations for dissertations are found in the Proquest databases.  The citations often include a link to the front matter including table of contents. Most Dissertations will not be loaned in their entirety.  However, individual chapters can be borrowed via interlibrary loan. Please indicate which chapter you would like to request in the 'notes' field.  If you cannot find the front matter with the citation, you can also request a table of contents through Interlibrary loan.


  • Wisconsin Historical Society Library
    Items in the Wisconsin Historical Society Library are found using UW-Madison's online catalog. Most items are borrowed using UW Request. Ask a reference librarian for assistance, if needed.
    • Microfilm at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library
      To borrow microfilm from the WHS Library (located using UW-Madison's online catalog), use interlibrary loan. Ask a reference librarian for assistance, as certain information is required.


  • Wisconsin Historical Society Archives and the Andersen Library's Area Research Center
    Items in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives and the various state Area Research Centers are found using the Historical Society Archives and WW ARC scope of Research@UWW. These items are borrowed via Andersen Library's Special Collections/Area Research Center (ARC). For assistance, contact the ARC at or (262) 472-5520. 

Books on Native American History

Search for books in Research@UWW's "Books, Media & more (UW Whitewater)" scope. Most will be cataloged with the subject heading "Indians of North America" or the name of specific tribe. Here are some particularly useful titles:


Find the Full Text

Most databases have both full text articles and article citations. When an article is not available in full text, use the  button to determine if Andersen Library has the article. 

Click the Find It button displayed near article citation.

You will be linked to Research@UWW away from the database you are searching in. 

1 of 3 options will be available to you:

1.) If we have access to the article, a link to the article in the database that it is available will display under the View It tab.

Simply click on the link provided, and you will be linked to the full text article to view in a library database.

2.)If we only have access to the article in print, the Get It tab will display. This will show you the location of where you can find the article in Andersen Library.

3.) If neither of the first two options are available, you will see a link that says We can get it for you! (Document Delivery/Illiad) under the Get It tab.

Simply login with your Net ID, and click request. We will do our best to find the article for you by requesting a copy from another library. This is available free of charge to students and faculty. Please allow up to 3-4 days for your request to be filled. Articles can be accessed by logging into My ILLiad located on the library homepage. You will receive an e-mail to your UWW e-mail account when the article becomes available.

Historical Newspapers

Try these databases to find primary sources from newspapers about American Indians.

Hints for Using Research@UWW

Hints for keyword searching in Research@UWW:

    1. To search for a phrase, place your words in quotes (" ").A phrase is any two or more words next to each other.
      For example: "united states"; "Salt Lake City"

    1. Use the truncation symbol (*) to get alternate endings to words
      For example: imperial* = imperial, imperialism, imperialist 

    1. Think of synonyms or other ways to say the same thing or to convey the same or similar ideas
      For example: corruption; fraud; profiteer  

    1. Link the synonyms together with the word OR (this expands your search)
      For example: corruption OR profiteer*

    1. Try Advanced Search to limit your search by language, publication date, other UW system libraries, and more options.

    1. Use the  button if the article you want isn’t full text in the database you are searching. 

  1. Use Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) to request an article that we don’t have online or in print from another library.