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American Indian Ethnopharmacology Collection This collection of material on American Indian traditional medicine is located at the Norris Medical Library, in the Webb Room (upper level)
Reference sources are extremely useful for providing authoritative overviews and background information on a topic. They will give you the terminology and the key names, dates and concepts that can be used when conducting online searches for scholarly articles, books, as well as for searching for primary sources and historical newspapers. Many reference sources also provide extensive bibliographies that list the important and influential scholarship on a given topic.
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Selected Print Reference Resources:
American Indian Culture (2004)
American Indian Quotations (1996)
Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes. 3rd ed. (2006)