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History Research Guide


"Words are powerful. The way we name and classify the world around us is indicative of our values and beliefs. The words we use and the names we choose to identify elements in our world can illuminate, educate, and elucidate, or they can perpetuate stereotypes and misinformation.... Indeed, these perceptions of the world, embedded in a succinct value system [like call numbers and subject headings in a library], include matters of time, the importance of place, and the relationships between the physical, mental, spiritual, and social domains." Littletree, Sandra, and Cheryl A. Metoyer. “Knowledge Organization from an Indigenous Perspective: The Mashantucket Pequot Thesaurus of American Indian Terminology Project.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 53, no. 5–6 (July 4, 2015): 640–57.

Browse paper reference books (4th floor) and monographs (2nd floor) by Library of Congress call number:

  • E51 - E73 Pre-Columbian America
  • E75 - E99 Indians of North America 
  • F1218.5 - F1221 Indians of Mexico
  • F1435 - F1435.3 Mayas 
  • F1141 - F1145.2 Nunavut (Canada)

Anthropological Sources