Celebrating Diversity: Native American Heritage Resources

Resources for Native American Studies by James Tasato Mellone, Historical Cultural and Social Sciences Librarian

The QC Library is glad to celebrate Native American History Month! In this time of Thanksgiving we acknowledge the contributions to our global society made by the many Native American nations and civilizations. When discussing diversity, we remember our Native American fellow citizens, whether students or colleagues, or neighbors or friends, and recognize the continued value of their traditions of friendship and thanksgiving, spirituality and environmental consciousness.

Here are two new guides curated to encourage our learning more about Native American culture and history, inside and outside of the classroom.

The new Native American Studies research guide is a good starting place for student research.

Below are a few highlights from our Native American Heritage Month: Resources guide!

Native America: A History by Michael Leroy Oberg
ISBN: 1118937120
Publication Date: 2017-05-30

“The new edition includes expanded coverage of the period since the Second World War, including an updated discussion of the Red Power Movement, the legal status of native nations in the United States, and important developments that have transformed Indian Country over the past 75 years.  Also new to this edition are sections focusing on the Pacific Northwest.”

“The Invention of Thanksgiving” by Paul Chaat Smith, Curator of “Americans”


“Do American Indians Celebrate Thanksgiving?” by Dennis Zotigh, “Smithsonian Voices”

Sihasin: Homegrown Concert, Music performance sponsored by the Library of Congress

Celebrating Diversity – Italian American Heritage Resources

Research Services Librarian Alexandra de Luise, liaison for Italian American Studies, presents highlights from the Italian American Studies Guide.

Welcome! The month of October has been designated Italian American Heritage month – although it has been known to stretch from September to December. It is a time of reflection and coming together- via Zoom lectures, Youtube talks, poetry events and more- to highlight Italian American heritage and culture in all its many facets for this fifth largest ethnic group in the United States. Aspects of our history, such as immigration, assimilation, family life, and social history, are well known to most. But present day scholars, including some writing from outside the U.S., are delving into new areas, including transnationalism, diaspora, food culture, film, gender, and sexuality.

Featured E-Resources and Websites

i-Italy   ‘A guide to everything Italian in America.” A fascinating bilingual blog/magazine/website of information and video clips, the project of the John D Calandra Italian American Institute.

Italian American Studies Association (formerly American Italian Historical Assn.)  Association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the culture, history, literature, sociology, psychology, demography, folklore, and politics of Italians in America.

Italics, Television for the Italian American Experience. The Italian American magazine of CUNYTV, the online television program, produced by the John D Calandra Italian American Institute, hosted by Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

Featured E-Books

A Companion to Martin Scorsese

Aaron Baker, 2014

Flushing born film director Martin Scorsese is one of America’s most prominent contemporary filmmakers, and the focus of this series of essays.

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The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City

Simone Cinotto, 2013

Pioneering study on Italian American food culture in New York City.

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The Routledge History of Italian Americans 

William J. Connell (Editor); Stanislao G. Pugliese (Editor), 2018

Encyclopedic collection of essays by leading academics in the  field of Italian American Studies. 

E-Resources News

New Databases Available for a Limited Time

The library has trial access to two new resources you may find of interest; Theatre and Drama Premium and Naxos Spoken Word Library. They are both available in our complete list of databases.

Our trial access to Theater and Drama Premium runs through November 22. It includes:

The National Theatre Collection
Broadway HD
The Royal Shakespeare Company Collection
Asian American Drama
Black Drama
…and much more.

We have access to Naxos Spoken Word Library through October 31. This is a collection of audio readings of works of all kinds, including fiction, poetry, history, business, and religion. There are significant holdings in French and German, too!

Keep Current With Electronic Resources

We also have a new Electronic Resources Dashboard. Visit for the latest information on new resources, database trials, and any outages or other technical issues affecting database access.

The main Library FAQ page has a link to the Dashboard, as well as to the Electronic Resources Access Form. Use the form to report any problems you experience with database access. 

Featured Resource: SWANK Video Streaming Service


Have you already seen everything in your Netflix queue? Looking for the next treasure trove of Hollywood movies you can stream legally, and for free? You need to check out SWANK! This platform provides access to hundreds of great movies.

Users may create a SWANK account with their QC email. To learn how to get started, or just browse what’s available, please see our Swank Research Guide.  

QC Libraries also offers access to several other streaming platforms. Please see our Streaming Videos Research Guide for more information.