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Indigenous Studies: Find Books

Indigenous Studies Subject Guide

Catalogue Search

Click on the link below to search our catalogue.

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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is a system that allows you to request material from other libraries to be sent to Trent for you to borrow. Normally, there are no costs to use the ILL service. Plan ahead because it can take a few days or even weeks for material to be sent, depending upon availability.

Visit the RACER (ILL) page for more information.

Finding Books In the Library

TOPCAT search or browse

TOPCAT Power Search

When you want to find books in the Trent Library, search TOPCAT (the Library Catalogue). There's an online tutorial available to tell you about TOPCAT.

Use a keyword search to find items on a topic. For instance, to find books on the treatment of native children in residential schools in Canada you might search for canada and "residential schools".

Terminology Notes:

It is important to be aware of terminology used in Indigenous Studies. Over time terminology used to describe indigenous populations has evolved. Thus, you may need to incorporate various terms in your searches. Search TOPCAT and try various keywords to see for yourself.

  • Aboriginal
  • First Nations
  • Indigenous
  • Indians
  • Native

TOPCAT uses LCSH (subject headings) in most records, to help us identify items of interest. These can be general or specific, depending on your topic.

Sample subject headings for general topics:

Indians of North America
Indigenous Peoples
Native Peoples


Tutorial: TOPCAT, the Library Catalogue

This tutorial shows how to find out what's in the Trent Library, using TOPCAT.