Native North American Art
AHST 255 - Headrick
Erickson Bibliographer for Anthropology
In this guide: Books Articles
Reference Sources InterLibrary
Loan Websites Citing
Start in Acorn, Vanderbilt's
online catalog. Acorn includes information about books, journals, magazines,
newspapers, government documents, videos & dvds, cds, microfilm, and more
- but does NOT include journal or magazine articles. All items are
located on Vanderbilt's campus or have online access through the library website.
There many ways to search Acorn: Keyword, Author, Title and by Library of
Congress subjects. The default search in Acorn is a Keyword or WORDS
· Narrowing a search:
- Connect different
concepts with the word AND. Example: Pueblo AND pottery
· Broadening a search:
- Use the truncation
symbol ($) to pick up variants of a terms. Example: art$ will retrieve
items with the terms art, arts, artists, artisan, artisans, etc.
- Connect similar concepts
with the word OR. Example: (pottery OR clay OR jars OR bowls) and Indian
· It may be necessary to try several searches, varying your key
terms and combinations each time, in order to produce a manageable list
of relevant items.
· Click on the DETAILS button to see more information about the
book, including the Library of Congress subjects used to describe it.
These subjects will often give you other terms to use in another search.
Or, click on the subjects to launch a new search.
Subject Headings useful for this class:
Indians of North America
Journal or Magazine Articles
You can start in a periodical database like ProQuest
which provide popular and scholarly
articles on a broad range of topics. If ProQuest and InfoTrac don't have what
you need for your assignment, consider a more specialized database. Find over
300 databases by subject or name on the Library's Articles
page. For this class, try:
Plus (formerly Anthropological Literature)
The principal index to articles, essays and other publications in anthropology,
archaeology and related subjects.
A searchable archive of all AAA journals, with access to current issues for
11 of the AAA's most critical peer-reviewed publications. Seamless access
to archival content housed at JSTOR is provided.
A bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from more than
260 art related periodicals published throughout the world. Full-text coverage
for selected periodicals (beginning in 1997) is also included.
of the History of Art (BHA)
BHA indexes the current literature of European art from the 4th century to
the present, and of North and South American art from the European discovery
of the Americas to the present.
of Native North Americans
Covers all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. Includes
citations for books, essays, journal articles and government documents of
the United States and Canada.
Collection of Ethnography and eHRAF
Collection of Archaeology
Full-text databases containing information about cultures and archaeological
traditions, respectively. These texts are subject-indexed at the paragraph
level for quick retrieval of specific information. For search tips, see eHRAF
User Guides, which include search strategy tips, a tutorial, a glossary and
Many databases have fulltext articles (the whole article is in the database).
However, sometimes you'll only get a citation for an article that looks
perfect for your paper. Vanderbilt subscribes to over 30,000 journals and
newspapers, so chances are good that you'll be able to find the fulltext.
There is a button
by most citations. Click it for links that will check for fulltext copies
or to see if we subscribe to the print journal. If there is no
button, look up the title of the journal or magazine (not the title of the
article) in Acorn to find out whether or not Vanderbilt has a copy.
A good place to get started with your research is with reference books.
Located either online, or on the main (4th floor) of Central Library, reference
works provide brief overviews and factual information. A sampling of Central
Library reference books of interest to this class:
The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters.
Edited by Patrick D. Lester. REF D. E 54.5 .L477 1995
The Continuum Encyclopedia of Native Art : Worldview,
Symbolism, and Culture in Africa, Oceania, and Native North America.
Edited by Hope B.
Werness. New York : Continuum, 2000. REF E 98 .A7 W49 2000
- Encyclopedia of Native American Jewelry : A Guide to History, People,
and Terms. Edited by Paula A. Baxter. Phoenix : Oryx Press, 2000.
REF E 98 .J48 B38 2000
- Great Plains Indian Illustration Index. Edited by John Van Balen.
E78 .G73 V36 2004
Other Resources of Interest:
- George Catlin: The Printed Works. Cincinnati, OH : The University
of Cincinnati Digital Press, 1998. CDROM 81 (Government Information)
- The History of the American Indians... By James Adair. London;
E and C. Dilly, 1775. E77 .A213 1775 (Special Collections)
- The North American Indian; Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing
the Indians of the United States, and Alaska. By Edward S. Curtis. Seattle,
WA: E. S. Curtis; Cambridge, U.S.A., The University Press 1907 - 1930. E 77
.C97a (Special Collections)
If we don't have what you need at Vanderbilt, you
can go to other resources like Athena,
Kudzu or WorldCat
and use our InterLibrary
Loan service. Just remember these generally take between 3 days to 2 weeks
to deliver requested materials.
For additional websites, start with the Subject
Guides that librarians have created for different topics; visit Art
whether or not any website you find will meet your professor's requirements.
for American Anthropology) style guide. Citing sources FAQ.
Stuck? Need help? Ask a reference librarian! Feel
free to stop by the reference desk, call 322-2407 or contact us through
Last updated February 14, 2007