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Selective guide to books, articles, and other resources--available in the J. Paul Leonard Library or online--that are relevant to
research on American Indians.
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Special thanks to librarian Ann Shadwick, recently retired after 42 years of service to SF State and the College of Ethnic Studies.

Other Guides

You should also consult the research guides for specific ethnic groups and other academic areas depending on your topic.


Locating Books

To find books (and other materials) go to the Library homepage and under Quick Links select Library Catalog. Request items online and they will be delivered within 4 hours (on business days) to Book Check Out on the 1st floor of the Library. Book Check Out is open 8a-9p M-Th, 8a-6p Fri, and 10a-6p Sat.

NOTE: It is best to search by "keywords" rather than "subject" unless you know the specific Library of Congress subject heading.

For a basic overview, watch this short video:

Or go to our Finding Books research guide.

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AIS Librarian

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