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Māori Studies: Research

Looking to the past for your future.

Search Tips

Try these subject heading searches to find good sources for Māori Research through the Library:

Library staff have put together these tips for searching the Web. 

Recommended Resources for Māori Research

Evaluation Tools

 Evaluation tools can help guide you in thinking critically about your information sources. Are the sources you  have gathered relevant, appropriate, and authoritative? The evaluation tools can also help you articulate what  are sometimes instinctive decisions.

Rauru Whakarare is a kaupapa Māori framework based on five strands woven together with whakapapa at the centre. This framework was developed by Massey University staff and is useful for evaluating all types of information including academic and non-academic sources, online and print material. The five strands are:

  • Whakapapa (The Background)
  • Māramatanga (The Content)
  • Aronga (The Lens)
  • Orokohanga (The Origins)
  • Mana (The Authority)

Use the acronym BADURL to assess online sources:

B ... Bias
A ... Authority
D ... Date
U ... URL
R ... Relevance
L ... Links

The CRAPP Test is designed for assessing online information for academic purposes. The tutorial is quick and informative.




            Purpose/Point of view

Another quick tutorial to develop your evaluation skills. The SIFT approach is particularly useful for assessing media sources online.


Investigate the Source

Find Better Coverage

Trace Claims, Quotes and Media to the Original Context

Theses and Dissertations

Search for Pacific theses and dissertations in the following databases:

Find our print copies of theses via Library Search | Ketu.

For theses and dissertations not held at Otago, nor available online, request via Interloan.

Te Hononga Mātauranga: Postgraduate Resource Portal

This Resource Portal provides support and information for Māori Postgraduate students. It's hosted by Massey University, but open to all Māori students. It contains audiovisual information on Māori research, ethics, administration, writing, and effective use of support technology.

Some recommended presentations are:

Recent Te Tumu Research

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