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Encyclopedia of the Arctic CASE Ref. G606 .E49 2005 vol. 1 -3 Unrestricted Access
Providing rich and detailed essays on the Arctic's environment, wildlife, climate, history, exploration, resources, economics, politics, indigenous cultures and languages, conservation initiatives, and many other topics. This is the only major work and comprehensive A-Z reference source on this vast, complex, changing, and increasing important part of the globe.Edited by Mark Nuttall.  New York : Routledge, 2005

Canada and arctic north america : an environmental history Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Covers the environmental history of northern North America and reveals the complex encounters of people, technology, culture, and ecology that shaped Canada and Alaska.

Historical dictionary of the Inuit / Pamela R. Stern CASE Ref. E99.E7 S825 2004 Unrestricted Access
A quick reference source for key issues in Inuit history.

Europa World Plus Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: current. the online version of the Europa World Year Book, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories.

Gale encyclopedia of Native American tribes CASE Ref. E77 .G15 1998 Restricted Access
This four volume encyclopedia offers detailed studies of tribes from the United States and Canada. Topics covered include history, religion, art, government, economy, daily life and current social and political issues.

Encyclopedia of World Cultures Restricted Access Some full text available
1996 ed. Lists and describes more than 1,500 global cultures. It is the one of the primary resources for historical, social, political, economic, linguistic, religious, and other information on most cultures. Additional cultures are covered in the supplement (which is a separate resource)

Encyclopedia of World Cultures Supplement Restricted Access Some full text available
2002 ed. Lists and describes more than 100 global cultures not covered in the original 10 volume set. Users need to search both the original set and this supplement as there is not overlapping coverage.

Encyclopedia of Food & Culture Restricted Access Some full text available
2002 ed. Presents articles on food and its place in human culture and society, including entries on everything from food preparation, distribution and storage to holidays and festivals, nutrition and health, and cultures and cuisines.
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Academic Search Premier Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1975-present (with selected older titles). A multi-disciplinary database with significant full-text. Covers information in nearly every area of academic study. Indexes 4,600 journals (of which 3,900 are peer-reviewed)

Bibliography of Native North Americans Restricted Access
Coverage: 1586-present. Citations to books and journal articles on the Native Peoples of North America published from the sixteenth century to the present.

ProQuest Environmental Science Collection Restricted Access Some full text available
1960 - current. This multidisciplinary database provides comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences. Abstracts and citations are drawn from over 10,000 serials including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications.

Historical Abstracts Restricted Access
Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women`s history, history of education, and more.

Sociological Abstracts Online Restricted Access
Coverage: 1963-present. Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Restricted Access
Coverage: 1975-present. Covers the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy.

Anthropological Literature Restricted Access
Coverage: 19th century-present. A bibliographic index to articles and essays on anthropology and archaeology, including art history, demography, economics, psychology, and religious studies.

Anthrosource Restricted Access Some full text available

eHRAF World Cultures Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1997-present. Contains ethnographic collections covering all aspects of cultural and social life with a strong emphasis on non-Western cultures. eHRAF is unique in having subject indexing at the paragraph level. This allows detailed and precise searching for concepts not easily found with keywords.  Ethnographic documents in eHRAF include culture-specific books, journal articles, and dissertations. A tutorial on searching can be found at

ASTIS: Arctic Science and Technology Information System Unrestricted Access
Coverage: 1978-present. Contains records describing publications and research projects about northern Canada. ASTIS includes all subjects and covers the three territories, the northern parts of seven provinces and the adjacent marine areas.

JSTOR Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Includes over one thousand leading academic journals as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous titles. For most JSTOR titles, the most recent years of publication are not covered.  If you want the most recent scholarship on a topic, you should probably try another database.  However, current issues for more than 150 journals are available on JSTOR as part of the Current Scholarship Program.

Etudes Inuit  (0701-1008)
list of special issues
LexisNexis Academic Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies, generally 1980s-- . A multi-disciplinary database, with especially strong news, business and legal material.

Access World News - International Edition Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies by title. Access World News provides full-text information and perspectives from over 700 international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. This title does not include U.S. news.

Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1960-present. A database of newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses.
Web Sites of interest
Inuit siku (sea ice) Atlas Unrestricted Access
The Inuit siku (sea ice) Atlas ( was developed as part of an International Polar Year project called The Inuit Sea Ice Use and Occupancy Project (ISIUOP), based at Carleton University, through the collaboration of many northern, academic, government, and private industry contributors. This online, interactive, multi-media atlas is a compilation of Inuit sea ice knowledge and use, as documented by university and community researchers, in several Nunavut communities between 2004 - 2008.

ACIA (Arctic CLimate Impact Assessment)

Columbia International Affairs Online - CIAO Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1991-present. A comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs.
Other Important Library Resources
My Interlibrary Loan - Colgate's Interlibrary Loan Service Restricted Access
My Loan is Colgate's interlibrary loan service that facilitates borrowing books and requesting copies of journal articles from other libraries.  It is used for materials that are unavailable locally.  There are links to My Interlibrary Loan via ArticleLinker in the databases and in WorldCat Allow for delivery time for materials requested using this service.

Citation & Style Guides Unrestricted Access
Online information about commonly used citation and style guides, e.g., MLA, APA, etc., Refworks, and a list of print guides available in the Colgate Libraries.

Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Free online version of Hacker's famous guide to citing research. Excellent resource, and works as a great online addition to the Writer's Guide.

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