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We begin this newsletter by acknowledging that Fleet Library is situated on the traditional homelands of the Narragansett and Wampanoag people. We recognize their connection to--and continued presence on--this land and its waterways. ​Acknowledging this is just a first step. For more information on the subject, ​read the Tomaquag Museum’s ​A Guide for Land Acknowledgements​ by Lor​é​n Spears. As a library, we are actively seeking out sources on and by Indigenous people for our collections and including Indigenous sources in our research dialogues and instruction work.

November is ​National Native American Heritage month​. Celebrate the work of U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, ​member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, by​ listening to a short interview and her reading of the poem, ​“Perhaps the World Ends Here”​. We’ve included links to browse titles on contemporary North American Indigenous artists and a broad range of recent books on North American Indigenous knowledge and lifeways. Lastly, we feature X̱wi7x̱wa Library,​ ​the DAAI database and ways to expand your research practice while working remotely.

We hope you enjoy these highlights from our print and electronic collections. As always, we welcome your suggestions for additions​ to Fleet Library.

Marc Calhoun, Emily Coxe and Ellen Petraits
Research & Instruction Librarians


Xwi7xwa Library​ (pronounced “whei-wha”) is a branch library at the University of British Columbia that serves the public as well as UBC students. Its collections and services reflect Indigenous approaches to teaching, learning, and research. Here are a few things we think are remarkable about this library:
  • The library collection is organized using a system that ​privileges​ Canadian Aboriginal ways of knowing: for example, focusing on geography over alphabetization. It is based on a system developed in the 1970s by Kahnawake Mohawk librarian Brian Deer, and you can read more about how it works ​here​.
  • The ​building​, finished in 1993, was built in consultation with Squamish Elders and is partially sunken into the ground “as an homage to the Interior Salish earth-sheltered building style of a Kekuli or S7ístken (also known as a pit house in English).” It is located next to a small waterfall and prominently features wood as a building material.
  • Check out the site’s ​Open Indigenous Content​ research pages.
Other libraries around the world have been building their relationships with local Indigenous communities, who are often not just library visitors but also leaders, employees, and advocates. Here’s a thorough (if slightly outdated) ​guide to case studies​.

Design and Applied Arts Index​ (DAAI) ​is one of five ​Proquest databases​ not included in ​Fleetsearch​, our integrated search engine. While Fleetsearch is a good place to start your research, it only searches about 90% of our ​database subscriptions​, so you’ll need to search DAAI separately in the Proquest interface. Your efforts will be rewarded with many unique citations to journal articles not indexed elsewhere!
Use the Find a Copy/Interlibrary Loan feature to request any items not available in full text.

DAAI is the leading source of abstracts and bibliographic records for articles, news items, and reviews published in international design and applied arts periodicals from 1973 onward. An indispensable tool for students, researchers, and practitioners worldwide, DAAI covers both new designers and the development of design and the applied arts since the mid-19th century, surveying disciplines including Product Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Ceramics, Glass, Jewellery, Textiles, Furniture, Fashion and Clothing, Illustration, Typography and Type Design, Metalsmithing, Retail Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, Sustainability, Advertising, Packaging, Theatre, Vehicles, Exhibitions, Book Design, Web Design, Computer Aided Design, Computer Graphics, Animation, Garden Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Education, Design Management, Inclusive Design, Universal Design, and Design History.​ ​DAAI contains more than 212,000 records, with around 1,200 new records added in each monthly update.​ ​
Title List of 626 periodicals indexed. Recommendation:​ Bookmark ​DAAI​ and integrate it into your research process.

While access to Brown’s libraries is suspended, we recommend expanding your research pluriverse by doing online research using other Research 1 (R1) University libraries.
  • Begin by identifying ​Research 1 Doctoral Universities​. These are​ ​U.S.​ ​universities listed in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education framework​. These schools support doctoral level study, conduct research, and meet minimum research expenditure criteria. Look for universities that offer your major or programs related to your area of inquiry.
  • Find and use R1 libraries with an open federated search interface. This means searches and results can be viewed remotely without a login or affiliation with the university. (​Fleetsearch is an open federated search)
  • Search these libraries to generate lists of scholarly citations on your topic.
  • Even though you won’t be able to access many of the full text items as a guest searcher, you ​will​ be able to read the citations and abstracts.
  • Make a list of sources you’re interested in obtaining.
  • Request these items through Fleet Library’s ​Interlibrary Loan service​. Note:​ Allow plenty of time for Interlibrary Loan requests. Depending on the item requested, it can take up to two weeks to arrive.​​
Questions or need individual research help?​​ Ask a Librarian.

Here's an example: University of Pennsylvania Libraries
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