Many of the library resources can be searched together through the library’s General Search. However, if you are interested in a more limited search, or want to access resources not found in the General Search, you can access databases individually.
Please note, when accessing databases from off campus you will need to login using your ECU email user name and password. For the full list of databases the library offers please visit the A-Z Database List on the library home page.
The American Indian Film Gallery (AIFG) is an online collection of more than 450 historic films by and about Native peoples of the Americas, compiled and digitized by historian J. Fred MacDonald over many years. These films range in date from 1925-2010. Most date to the so-called Golden Age of educational filmmaking, from 1945 to the rise of consumer-grade video equipment in the 1970s.
Many of the films from that period were sponsored by industry or governmental agencies. Others were made by independent educational filmmakers. With the change in technology from film to video, films in the collection shift from being about Native people to by Native peoples. Much of the work made in the last third of the 20th century comes from Indian communities themselves. You will find a wide variety of lifeways, cultural practices, biographies, public presentations, governmental actions, public ceremonials, and people represented. Some films also contain audio of Native languages being spoken, chants, and songs, providing a valuable resource for language preservation. In July 2011, this collection was awarded to the University of Arizona. The original films are preserved by the Library of Congress.
Artists in Canada, compiled and maintained by the National Gallery of Canada Library, is a bilingual union list that identifies the location of documentation files on Canadian artists. Twenty-three libraries and art galleries across Canada have contributed biographical information and lists of their documentation files to create this resource which contains information for over 42,700 artists.
Covers many topics pertaining to indigenous North Americans, including culture, history, and daily life. Ideal resource for researching the contributions, struggles and issues surrounding North America's indigenous peoples.
Contains citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.
The NFB CAMPUS service provides a mix of Public Performance Rights for films freely viewable from the NFB site, access to films not available on the public website, and value added services. Individual authenticated users can create their own logins to take advantage of customizable options such as the custom playlists.
The Inuit Art Foundation is proud to present the Inuit Artist Biographical Database. This database features historical and contemporary artists from across Inuit Nunangat and southern Canada working in a wide range of mediums. Each biography includes relevant biographical information, an artist statement, exhibition and publication history, collection information and major achievements. The information on this site represents the diversity and vibrancy of the field and is both a platform for artists as well as an extensive resource for artists, collectors, curators, academics, and more.
The database is a work in progress, with new artist profiles added regularly. We encourage you to help us build a robust database containing Inuit artist biographies.
"The Reciprocal Research Network (RRN) is an online tool to facilitate reciprocal and collaborative research about cultural heritage from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The RRN enables communities, cultural institutions and researchers to work together. Members can build their own projects, collaborate on shared projects, upload files, hold discussions, research museum projects, and create social networks. For both communities and museums, the RRN is groundbreaking in facilitating communication and fostering lasting relationships between originating communities and institutions around the world.
Who can use the RRN? The RRN is for people who are interested in and researchers of Northwest Coast Culture. This includes but is not limited to Originating Communities, First Nations Organizations, Researchers, Students, Museum Professionals, Academic and Cultural Heritage Organizations and more. If you would like to use the RRN, you can request an account!
How is the RRN different from other sites? The RRN is different because of its collaborative nature. From conception through development and into its use the RRN sees collaborative research as the foundation of the project."
INUA: Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut (Inuit Moving Forward Together) is an online exhibition curated by an all-Inuit team representing the four regions of Inuit Nunangat, INUA is a new exhibition at Quamajuq Inuit Art Centre in Winnipeg featuring work by over 90 Inuit artists. The INUA site features a 360 degree virtual tour of the exhibition and accompanying audio guides that contribute to the collaborative project Nagvaaqtavut | What We Found.
“Nagvaaqtavut shares the voices of numerous Inuit Futures Ilinniaqtuit (Inuit and Inuvialuit postsecondary students) as well as the curators, exhibition team, and artists, collaborating virtually. Together we share, examine, and explore creative ways of engaging with the artworks through sound, story, music, memory, laughter, language, and food.”
The site allows visitors to toggle between Inuktitut and English on each web page, including the audio guides, where the transcripts can be viewed in both languages.