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Indigenous Language Revitalization

Resources to assist in Indigenous Language Learning, particularly for languages in close proximity to Queen's and/or taught at Queen's.

Using Advanced Search

Using Omni's "Advanced Search" function is helpful in finding Indigenous language materials: you can account for different spellings of nations, and you can narrow your search in a number of ways.

Here is information on how to preform an advanced search:

  1. Type in the search term(s) you want to find in the Search field. (Punctuation, case, and word order are ignored.)
  2. Select any of theseall of these, or as a phrase from the drop down list to identify how multiple words entered in the search are to be combined.
    Note: "any of these" is particularly helpful for accounting for different names of nations and/or languages.
  3. Select a different index from the next drop-down list to narrow or widen the scope of your search.
  4. You may continue adding to your search by selecting a Boolean operator (AND, OR, or NOT) and adding more terms.
  5. Select from the remaining fields to optionally limit your search by the available criteria.
  6. Click the Search button to begin your search

Here is an example of an Advanced Search for Anishinaabemowin materials.

Advanced search gives you the ability to specify date of publication, location, format, language (likely imprecise for most Indigenous languages), material type, place of publication, publication status, content, media, and carrier.

Advanced search does much of the work of using Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT, and similar commands that broaden or narrow your search) for you. However, you can be more systemic in using Boolean operators in your "regular" searches if you would like. For more information on Boolean operators (and how they work at Queen's) check out the "Introduction to Research" libguide.

Search Tips

  • Many Indigenous language materials in the Queen's University Library Collection were written by nineteenth century missionaries. If you are not interested in these materials, limit your search by year to eliminate them from the results.
  • Similarly, many of the texts these missionaries wrote were published in the United Kingdom. Change "place of publication" to eliminate these results.
  • The Lorne Pierce Collection at special collections has a fair bit of Indigenous language material, including missionaries' texts.
  • Finding a search that works for you may take some trial and error. For help, consult with a liaison librarian.