Indigenous Protocols for Research

This section highlights research methodology as it pertains to Indigenous-centered research approaches, such as archival protocols and research ethics.

Protocols intended to guide libraries, archives and information services in appropriate ways to interact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the communities which the organizations serve, and to handle materials with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content.

This essential volume explores intersections of imperialism and research - specifically, the ways in which imperialism is embedded in disciplines of knowledge and tradition as 'regimes of truth.' Concepts such as 'discovery' and 'claiming' are discussed and an argument presented that the decolonization of research methods will help to reclaim control over indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Kanaka 'Ōiwi Methodologies: Mo'olelo and Metaphor is a collection of "methods-focused" essays written by Kanaka scholars across academic disciplines. To better illustrate for practitioners how to use research for deeper understanding, positive social change, as well as language and cultural revitalization, the texts examine Native Hawaiian Critical Race Theory, Hawaiian traditions and protocol in environmental research, using mele (song) for program evaluation, and more.

Archival protocols created by Native and Non-Native archivists, librarians, museum curators and more in order to facilitate a set of ethical codes for the handling of Indigenous archival materials.

An overview of Indigenous research ethics and protocols from the across the globe.

Indigenous Citation and Style Methods

This section highlights citation styles that can be used for Indigenous based knowledge methods such as oral storytelling and other non-Western knowledge keeping.

This style guide is designed for the citing of Indigenous oral knowledge in APA and MLA citation styles.

A writing style guide for questions and issues surrounding writing and referencing Indigenous peoples and communities. Includes advice on terminology, collaborating with communities and Elders, and respecting Traditional Knowledge.

For general citation help, look at Citation and Research Management Tools at Harvard.

Additional Indigenous Research Guides

This section lists additional Native American and Indigenous Studies Research guides from universities and colleges across the US and Canada. Note: resources listed within individual guides may not all be accessible to Harvard Key users, please contact the guide author if you have questions about getting access.

A compilation of Library and other resources related to the history and experiences of Native and Indigenous peoples in North America and around the world.

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa has over 70 research guides dedicated to Hawaiian studies, ranging from topics on Hawaiian History, music, land tenure, tattooing, and more.

The I-Portal: Indigenous Studies Portal was launched in 2006 at the University of Saskatchewan as a tool for faculty, students, researchers, and members of the community to access digital Indigenous studies resources. Its primary focus is on Indigenous peoples of Canada with a secondary focus on Indigenous peoples of the United States, Australia, Aotearoa – New Zealand, and other areas of the world.

Michigan State University’s Native American Studies research guide includes a comprehensive look at not just materials at MSU but also the history of the Indigenous Peoples of Michigan.

A list of all Xwi7xwa Research Guides, and links to UBC Library Indigenous Research Guides.