GSWS 211: Gender & Sexuality in Indigenous Film and Literature

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For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies by email ( or Ask a librarian.

Another library guide which may be helpful is Indigenous Studies.


    Start Your Research Here - This page gives you an overview of the research process, or in other words how to find materials for your essay.

    Selected encyclopedias

    Use encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks to obtain definitions and overviews of a topic and also to identify key authors.

    Find journal articles, magazines and news stories

    How to find journal articles

    Search for journal articles on your topic using the databases below.  From within the database, use the "Get@SFU" icon will to find copies of articles which are not full-text within the database. Limit search results to "academic / scholarly" articles.

    • Women's Studies International -- Main database for GSWS topics.  Generally, start with this database and then search other databases.
    • Bibliography of Native North Americans - articles in scholarly journals and magazines
    • Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text. Useful for film and television research
    • Communication and Mass Media Complete  - Important database for "popular culture" and "media" topics.
    • Academic Search Premier -- (multidisciplinary) covers many GSWS journals in full text.Limit your search results to "Academic" or "Scholarly" sources.
    • MLA International Bibliography  Citations to scholarly literature in linguistics, modern languages, folklore, literary theory & criticism, and dramatic arts; historical aspects of printing and publishing, rhetoric and composition; and, the theory and practice of teaching language and literature.
      • Search: DE "Canadian literature" AND "Native American writers"
    • CBCA Complete -- Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) Complete.  Limit your search results to "Academic" or "Scholarly" sources.
    • Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris - full text of public policy documents
    • Canadian Newsstream -- Full text access to major Canadian daily newspapers (such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, The Gazette (Montreal), and Vancouver Sun) as well as small market newspapers and weeklies published in Canada.
    • Google Scholar -- use the database through the Library to search for fulltext of articles

    Selected articles

    • The Kenyon Review (Vol. 32 no. 1, 2010, pp. 1-265)
      • Ortiz, Simon. “[North American Indigenous Authors: Special Issue].” The Kenyon Review, vol. 32, no. 1, 2010, pp. 1–265. EBSCOhost,
    • English Studies in Canada (Vol. 43, no. 2-3, pp. 69-90)
      • Hanson, Aubrey Jean. “Reading for Reconciliation? Indigenous Literatures in a Post-TRC Canada.” English Studies in Canada, vol. 43, no. 2–3, June 2017, pp. 69–90. EBSCOhost,
    • Native writers and Canadian writing : Canadian literature special issue [1990]

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    Library Catalogue search guide

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    Search the SFU Library Catalogue, either the Basic or the Advanced search

    For known items it is best to check using "Browse by title"

    Note: In the searches below, you can limit search results to "Online Resources only" and "Resource type" of "Books". You can further limit by using "Subject" (left-hand column)

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    Selected books

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