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First Nations research resources: Facts & data


  • Handbook of critical and indigenous methodologies [print]
  • Handbook of Indians of Canada [print]
  • Handbook of North American Indians [print]
  • International handbook of research on indigenous entrepreneurship [print]
  • Native American issues: a reference handbook [print]
  • Praeger handbook on contemporary issues in Native America [print]

Maps and images

Library guides, such as Finding and using online images, will help you get started in your search.


  • Borden System Index Grid [Canada] -- started in 1952, by archaeologist, Charles E. Borden, it is a uniform and simple system or code [print]
  • Aboriginal Geographical Names of Canada: An Annotated Bibliography [print]
  • Atlas of Indian reserves & settlements of Canada [print]
  • Atlas of the North American Indian [print]
  • Canada, Indian and Inuit communities and languages  [print]
  • Canadian atlas of aboriginal settlement [print
  • Concise historical atlas of Canada [online or print]
  • Maps of Indian reserves and settlements in the national map collection, 2 vols. [print]
  • A Stó:lo-Coast Salish Historical Atlas [print]
  • A traveller's guide to aboriginal B.C. [print]
  • The atlas of early man. [print]
  • The New World's old world : photographic views of ancient America [print]
  • The Times archaeology of the world [print]
  • The world atlas of archaeology [print]


Want to find out how to cite images? Check out the SFU Library's guide on Images for information on locating and using images as well as how to cite them.


See also the Library's Guides to Statistics - BC and Statistics Canada as well as Economic Indicators.

The Library has many statistical yearbooks for countries, regions, and international organizations. Search the Catalogue using the keywords statistical (yearbook or abstract) and the country, region, or organization name, e.g., statistical (yearbook or abstract) Latin America.

British Columbia


United States

  • US Bureau of the Census -- detailed US socio-economic statistics based on the US Census and other surveys.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States -- Updated annually, provides detailed source notes so you can locate the original source from which the tables are composed. Largely federal, also many relevant state-level tables. Note! Tables within one edition do not necessarily correspond to tables containing the same information in another edition. Table numbering varies from edition to edition. [online or print]
  • Historical Statistics of the United States -- fully searchable database. Can graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets.


General and Worldwide

  • Europa World
  • International historical statistics: Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-2000 [print]
  • International historical statistics: Europe, 1750-2000 [print]
  • International historical statistics: the Americas, 1750-2000 [print]
  • Index to international statistics: IIS. 1983- [print]
  • Research Data Library -- SFU Library's collection of machine-readable files, including Cansim, Citibase, IMF statistics, social science data files from many national and international sources, and data from individual researchers and private organizations. Check the Research Data Library Catalogue for a list of data files
  • SourceOECD -- Click the Statistics tab, browse contents on the left side of the screen for available databases
  • Statistical abstract of the world [print]
  • Statistical Resources on the Web -- (University of Michigan Library), this site links to statistical resources on a wide variety of topics from all around the world