Finding background information on your topic before you begin research is a helpful process. A reference database can help you identify keywords or subject headings, find specific dates, explain/define, provide names of individuals or specific concepts, give a timeline, provide a bibliography, or just help introduce you to a topic.
Indexes or article databases help you find articles about your topic. Below are databases useful to Native American Studies research. All are subscription based databases that are only available to students, faculty, and staff at UNM.
Native American Studies is a multidisciplinary area of research. For that reason, researchers are encouraged to look at non-Native Studies databases. if you are researching Native American education, it will help to broaden your search by looking for articles in a database that indexes Education articles. Another example is Native American business, use a business database to find your articles. Below is a list of selected subject specific databases.