Library Guide for POLS 4263 - Politics and the American Indian

The NSU John Vaughan Library provides access to many books and several databases which can be useful for the researching topics related to politics and the American Indian.  The most efficient approach for discovering what the library has in terms of paper and electronic books is to consult the NSU Library catalog. One method for using the online catalog to identify books on a particular topic is to conduct a keyword search. When searching multiple keywords it may be best to use the "Advanced Keyword" mode. For example, if you are interested in finding books on Indian gaming law, type the words indian - gaming - law in three separate search boxes on the "Advanced Keyword Search" screen (see below).


If you have not found the desired material in the library catalog, please feel free to contact either the Political Science resource coordinator (see below).  For books not available at the NSU Library, you may wish to search WorldCat, which is best described as an international library catalog (see below).


WorldCat can help identify books owned by other libraries which can be borrowed for you, free of charge.  To learn about requesting a book or article from another library, stop by either the reference desk or circulation desk in the Library, or take a look at the Interlibrary Loan Department web page.

The NSU Library web site provides access to a variety of online databases which can be used to find periodical literature.  Some of the most useful periodical indexes for this topic include America: History & Life, OmniFile Full Text Mega, Academic Search Premier, and Newsbank. Federal and state statutes pertaining to American Indian law are found in both the Library's reference collection and the Westlaw Next database. Biography & Genealogy Master Index is an excellent resource for identifying brief biographies, including those of politicians, past/present well known individuals, tribal leaders, etc.

Below are five online resources which may be useful:

American Indian and Alaska Native Links
Indian Affairs (BIA)
National Indian Gaming Commission
Tribal Government and Native American Resources

Below is a list of selected reference books which may be useful:

The ABC-CLIO Companion to the Native American Rights Movement (Ref. KF 8203.36 .G76)
American Indian Biographies (Ref. KF 8203.36 .G76)
American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System (Ref. KF 8204.5 .C55)
Encyclopedia of Native American Legal Tradition (Ref. KF 8204 .E53)
Federal Indian Law: Cases and Materials (Ref. KF 8204.5 .G47)
Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary (Ref. E 98 .W8B38)
Native Americans and the Law (Ref. KF 8203.6 .S66)
The Native North American Almanac
(Ref. E 75 .N397) <Source of topics>
The Rights of Indians and Tribes (Ref. KF 8210 .C5P48)

When researching historical or background information on your topic, you may wish to visit the Special Collections Department on the second floor of the Library. This department houses materials pertaining to Oklahoma history and American Indian history. For assistance with this type of material, please contact the Special Collections librarian, Delores Sumner (918.444.3252).

The Government Publications Department (third floor of the Library) can help identify U.S. and Oklahoma documents pertaining to politics and the American Indian. For additional information, please contact the Government Publications librarian, Samantha Clifford (918.444.3246).

Gary Cheatham

  • Political Science Department
  • College of Liberal Arts

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    Last Updated: 05/13/2014