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Researching First Peoples topics

Useful resources for effectively and ethically studying and researching First Peoples topics

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Griffith University acknowledges the people who are the traditional custodians of the land, pays respect to the Elders, past and present, and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Key resources

Griffith Library's APA 7 and AGPS Harvard referencing guides contain formats and examples for referencing First Peoples materials, including artwork, designs, objects, images, and personal communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Evaluating First Peoples research materials

Some key considerations for evaluating First Peoples resources are:

  • Who produced the materials? Was it produced by or in collaboration with First Peoples?
  • Does it have appropriate terminology?
  • Is there a range of perspectives from different First Peoples communities?

This Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander quality appraisal tool provides useful guidance on evaluating research involving First Australians. It can be readily adapted to different research topics and contexts.

Please be advised: 

This guide (and the links within this guide) may contain images or names of people who have passed away and other culturally sensitive materials.

Some items in library collections and databases may contain culturally offensive words or descriptions, which reflect the author's attitude or that of the period in which the item was written. When searching historical information, it may be necessary to include outdated or obsolete terminology, in order to find this information.

Be mindful of using any resource that may be of a secret or sacred nature. If using images, add an appropriate disclaimer at the beginning of your work.