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Common Reading 2022-23: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

"I have heard our elders give advice like 'You should go among the standing people' or 'Go spend some time with those Beaver people.' They remind us of the capacity of others as our teachers, as holders of knowledge, as guides. Imagine walking through a richly inhabited world of Birch people, Bear people, Rock people, beings we think of and therefore speak of as persons worthy of our respect, of inclusion in a peopled world. We Americans are reluctant to learn a foreign language of our own species, let alone another species. But imagine the possibilities. Imagine the access we would have to different perspectives, the things we might see through other eyes, the wisdom that surrounds us. We don't have to figure everything out by ourselves: there are intelligences other than our own, teachers all around us."

Braiding Sweetgrass, Learning the Grammar of Animacy (p. 58)

Resources to Explore Key Terms

As you explore ideas and activities related to Ways of Knowing, whether in class or in the Canvas Community site, you're likely to come across new terms or concepts. Here are some examples:

Key Terms

  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Scientific knowledge/method
  • Peer review
  • Monoculture

Where do I look up Key Terms?

Of course you can search for information online or in Wikipedia, but did you know UO Libraries provides you no-cost access to academic reference publications like encyclopedias?

The following is a screen capture of a search in LibrarySearch for the term "monoculture," with the "Reference Entries" filter applied. You'll find this filter on the left side of the page. Select "Remember all filters" to keep this filter active during multiple searches.

A search in LibrarySearch for the keyword "monoculture" with the "Reference Entries" filter applied. Yo'ull find this filter on the left sidebar menu

Why use UO Libraries' reference resources?

Unlike Wikipedia, these resources are citable. While Wikipedia entries can be highly credible, it can be difficult to determine the author, and therefore more challenging to check the authority or trustworthiness of the information. UO Libraries reference resources are created and edited by scholarly publishers who have strong reputations for publishing accurate information.

In addition, these reference resources are often much more highly specialized than general information found online. For example, do you need a defintion for a biology class? Check out this Dictionary of Biology from Oxford University Press:

Reference Databases

In addition to searching LibrarySearch, you can also search directly in some of our most popular reference databases:

Resources on Research Methodologies

What is a research methodology?

A research methodology is a specific way that a researcher carries out a research study. There are many, many methodologies but different disciplines tend to have their own approaches. For example, a Social Scientist may use interviews in her research study about teachers, but a Economist may use statistical analysis of economic data to draw conclusions.

Selected Resources on Indigenous Research Methodologies

Selected Resources on Scientific and Traditionally Academic Research Methodologies