Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies – General

  • CWIS – Center for World Indigenous Studies


    CWIS is "dedicated to a wider understanding and appreciation of the ideas and knowledge of indigenous peoples and the social, economic and political realities of indigenous nations".

    The website includes free access to the full text of the Fourth World Journal.  The FWJ is the world's leading publication for ideas and analysis about and by writers from some of the world's more than six thousand Fourth World nations.  FWJ delivers to the reader analysis, ideas and thorough scholarship that explains world events or activities that address climate change and the environment, political change, history, economics, social change, traditional knowledge systems and the creative arts.

    Link: CWIS (free online), Fourth World Journal (FWJ) (free online)

  • doCip – Indigenous Peoples' Center for Documentation, Research and Information


    A documentation and information center created in 1978 at the request of the Indigenous delegations participating in the first international conference of non-governmental organizations on Indigenous issues held at the United Nations (Geneva, 1977).

    Provides a wealth of documentation, and includes:

    • - information about the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and full-text statements presented to the conferences;
    • - links to websites on indigenous issues, arranged by region and topic;
    • - a searchable and browseable periodicals' database of open access indigenous journals (mostly contents pages but some full text; a little out of date).

    Link: a href="">doCip - Indigenous Peoples' Center for Documentation, Research and Information (free online)

  • Indigenous Portal


    The Indigenous Portal is an outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).  WSIS was a two-phase series, UN-sponsored summit about information and communication.

    The Geneva Summit in December 2003 laid the foundations with a Declaration of Principles and a plan of action.

    The Tunis Summit aimed to monitor and evaluate progress on the action plan and devise an agenda that will target goals for achievement by 2015.

    From these events came the WSIS Declaration and Plan of Action, as well as the Declaration and Plan of Action of the Global Forum of Indigenous Peoples and the Information Society.

    Together, these documents provide guidance to states, Indigenous peoples, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and academics interested in using new technologies to improve communications and the quality of life for Indigenous peoples around the world.

    A to Z section contains articles on: culture, environment, education, economic development, entertainment, indigenous knowledge, technology, health, politics, and human rights.

    Link: Indigenous Portal (free online)

  • Indigenous Rights and Governance in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand


    Bibliography of books and articles compiled by Kirsty Gover.

    Link: Indigenous Rights and Governance in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

  • Political Database of the Americas (PDBA)


    Offers centralized and systematized information about institutions and political processes, national constitutions, branches of government, elections, political constitutional studies and other subjects related to the strengthening of democracy in the region.

    More than 1,500 pages of information, classified according to the following themes: Political Constitutions & Comparative Constitutional Studies, Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, Judicial Branch, Electoral Data and Systems, Political Parties, Decentralization and Local Governance, Democracy and Citizen Security, Indigenous Peoples, Democracy and Political Participation, Civil Society

    Offers information about the following countries:

    Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominica; Ecuador; El Salvador; Grenada; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Dominican Republic; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Uruguay; United States of America; and Venezuela.

    Link: PDBA (free online), PDBA – Indigenous Peoples (free online)

Indigenous Studies – Australia

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Bibliography – ATSI Health (Informit)


    Bibliographic database that indexes published and unpublished material on Australian Indigenous health.

    Source documents include theses, unpublished articles, government reports, conference papers, abstracts, book chapters, books, discussion and working papers, and statistical documents.

    Warning: There is the possibility that some records contained in this database may contain references to deceased people, sacred or secret material, inappropriate terminology or offensive language, which, though unintentional, may cause distress to some people.

    Link: ATSIhealth - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Bibliography

    Coverage: 1900+

  • AGIS-ATSIS (Informit)


    Subset of the AGIS database indexes and abstracts articles from Australian, New Zealand, Pacific and selected international law journals on aspects of the law that relate to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples such as land rights, native title, customary law, Aboriginal deaths in custody, social policy and welfare.

    Link: AGIS-ATSIS

  • Australian Indigenous Studies Research Guide (UniMelb)


    Australian Indigenous Studies incorporates a number of different disciplines including Anthropology, Art history, Criminology, Cultural and Cinema Studies, Literary Studies, Political Science and Population Health.

    Provides an overview of some key resources that may be useful for research in Australian Indigenous Studies.

    Link: Australian Indigenous Studie Research Guide

  • CINCH-ATSIS (Informit)


    A subset of the CINCH database.  Bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from published and unpublished material on all aspects of crime and criminal justice.

    Includes information on the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the justice system.


    Coverage: 1968+

  • Family-ATSIS (Informit)


    A subset of the FAMILY database, which is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from published and unpublished material on research, policy and practice issues about, or of relevance to, Australian families.

    Contains records that specifically relate to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    Source documents include journal articles, conference papers, books, book chapters, government publications, research reports, discussion and working papers, statistical documents, annual reports, bibliographies and theses.  Training and curriculum material and other media such as videos are also indexed.

    Subjects include demographic trends and social change, family law and customary law, social policy and services, family economics, Aboriginal culture and family relations, sexual behaviour, counselling.  Also covered are issues such as housing, health, employment and unemployment, Aboriginal children and child removal, child abuse, domestic violence, and child care.


    Coverage: 1980+

  • Indigenous Australia (Informit)


    Bibliographic database, which represents the collections of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Library.

    Monographs 1980 onwards, Articles 1970 onwards, Videos 1980 onwards, Reference 1980 onwards, Serials 1995 onwards (these are individually catalogued serials which cover particular themes).

     Covers Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander studies, Stolen generation, removal of children, Arts, copyright issues, Racism, discrimination, Internet & telecommunications facilities and Communities.

    Link: Indigenous Australia

    Coverage: 1968-Dec 2002

Indigenous Studies – Canada