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IDS 101: Imagining Indigenous Futures: Reference Materials

Course Description--Imagining Indigenous Futures

                            What might it mean to imagine Indigenous futures?  In this learning community, we’ll travel on a journey across space timelines and explore leading edge speculative fiction and art by Indigenous artists, creative use of gaming and video technologies for Indigenous storytelling and community building, and Indigenous design as a strategy to address climate change.  Across the world, Indigenous peoples are leading movements for environmental protection, climate change, and adaptive design.  In this highly experiential and place-based course, we will read science fiction by Native writers, engage with multi-media and film, and visit local tribal communities who are imaginatively envisioning a more just future for all people and beings through housing, environmental, and health initiatives. 

Course taught by:  Rebecca Dobkins         Colloquium Associate:  Sonia Zand

Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content it is considered unreliable.  College faculty typically do not consider Wikipedia a credible information source. 

Instead, use the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your research paper. These resources have gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy. To the right and below are some resources that may be of use.

Online Collection of Reference Resources

Reference Books--Print

Below are key reference books that provide a general overview of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include references and lists of further readings.

Willamette University

Willamette University Libraries

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street.
Salem Oregon 97301
Pacific Northwest College of Art Library
511 NW Broadway.
Portland Oregon 97209