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ENGL 362: Native American Literatures

What is a zine?

Examples from the Collins Library Zine CollectionZines are small-format, low-budget, DIY, self-published booklets that anyone can make about anything for any reason. Stephen Duncombe, author of the zine text Notes from the Underground, describes zines as: “noncommercial, nonprofessional, small circulation magazines which their creators produce, publish, and distribute by themselves” (10-11). Generally informative, many zines celebrate niche interests, foreground personal narratives, and/or argue for a particular political or social position.

The Collins Library Zine Collection contains approximately 500 zines on a variety of topics, which are housed in the Archives & Special Collections on the 2nd Floor of Collins Library. The zines in our collection vary widely in style and content and cover a wide breadth of topics, including zines on national and local issues, politics, personal narratives, intersectional identities, activism and social justice, mini comics, and much more!

Learn more about zines and our zine collection on our collection guide.

The Zines

For your digital storytelling and presentation assignment, your professor and librarian have identified a selection of zines related the themes of the course. Select one zine to analyze for your project.

Zines will be available during Prof. MacBain's office hours or by appointment.

  • Ancestral Pride: Everyone Calls Themselves An Ally It Is Time To Do Some Real Ally Shit
  • Ancestral Pride: When Being An Ally Turns Into Being An Appropriator [Settler Conduct and Self Check]
  • Colonization and Decolonization: A Manual for Indigenous Liberation in the 21st Century
  • Dispatches from Standing Rock: Against the Dakota Access Pipeline & its World
  • Going Places: Indigenous Resistance
  • Going Places: Powwow Country
  • Going Places: A Native American in education
  • Native American Feminist Musings: Empower Yourself Before You Wreck Yoself
  • Native American Feminist Musings: The Nizhoni Beat
  • Native American Feminist Musings: Shik'is ShiHeart
  • Native Resistance to Canada
  • Queer Indigenous Girl, Issue 1
  • Queer Indigenous Girl, Issue 2
  • Queer Indigenous Girl, Issue 3

Books on Zines at Collins

Citing Zines

All zines are protected by copyright unless they contain an anti-copyright statement. Like any other resource used in scholarship, zines should be cited. Use the information on this page or the guide for Citation Tools to get started.

Here are some tips for formatting your citations using MLA Style:

  • In MLA style, a pamphlet, zine, or brochure is cited like a book.
  • Include as much detail as possible, using the MLA's Core Elements.  
  • If your zine has no author, or if the author is "anonymous," begin your citation with the title of the zine. Pseudonyms, including online usernames, are usually given like regular author names.
  • If your zine is part of a numbered series, indicate the issue number.

General Form

Last name, First M. or Organization. Zine Title. Publisher, Year. 

Primary Source Collections

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