ASAMST 20A: Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States

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Research Guide for Asian American Studies 20A, Instructor: Michael Omi

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Background Sources

The following titles are just examples of sources for background information  on immigration topics and on specific immigrant groups. 

For more sources, search Oskicat by subject, including specific ethnic groups (ex:  asian americans encyclopedias, asian americans dictionaries), browse the reference collections of Doe Library (2nd floor) or the Ethnic Studies Library, or ask for assistance

Items located in "Doe Reference" are in the North Reading Room, 2nd floor Doe Library.  Items located in "Doe Reference - Reference Hall" are located in the same hall as the reference desk, next door to the North Reading Room.

Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups  (1980)

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (2000)

Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West (2006)

Encyclopedia of American Immigration (2001)

Asian American History and Culture:  an encyclopedia (2010)

Dictionary of Asian American History (1986)

Asian American Studies:  an annotated bibiography and research guide (1989)

Catalogs

To find books, DVDs, maps, sound recordings, manuscripts, and much more - everything except articles - use a library catalog.

OskiCat = most UC Berkeley libraries

MELVYL = all UC campus libraries, including all UC Berkeley libraries

What's the difference?  more details here

For each item make sure you know the name of the physical library, call number, and whether or not it's checked out, library use only, etc.

Call numbers are on the spine of the book; learn how to read them so you can find what you need on the shelves.

Searching OskiCat

Search OskiCat for all library materials except articles.  Examples:

1.  try a keyword search, using truncation:

chinese american* immigra*

narrow down your search by adding another term:

chinese american* immigra* taiwan*

look at long form of record for official subject terms, try them:

taiwanese american* history
taiwanese american* social conditions
taiwanese american* ethnic identity

2.  another example:

atom* bomb* survivor*
hiroshima survivor*

hiroshima bombardment personal narratives

modify search

language:  english

other examples:

guam* world war
korea* generation* immigra*
korea* immigr* assimil*
vietnam* refugee*

vietnamese immigra*
southeast asian*  immigra*
gay* asian american*
hmong united states
chinese second generation
chinese children of immigrants
filipin* nurs*
filipin* domestic*
korea* nail salon*
korea* immigr*  business*
korea* immigr* entrepreneur*

* = truncation symbol/wildcard for variant word endings
ex:  immigra* = immigrant, immigrants, immigrating, immigration...

If you're getting too many irrelevant results (ex:  vietnamese american* retrieves a lot of things about the Vietnam War) try pulling down the "keyword" menu to "subject" to search by official subject headings

subject:  vietnamese americans

Try out these OskiCat features:

  • limit your search to a type of material (DVDs) or a library location (Doe Reference)
  • save items to a list you can e-mail/download/print
  • place a recall request online
  • request items from storage (NRLF)
  • view a list of items you have checked out
  • send call numbers to your cell phone (see below)
  • receive alerts of new items that match your search terms ("preferred search")

SMS and QR Codes in OskiCat

You can now text yourself a call number or use a QR code reader to find the location of an item in the UCB Library. Just click on a title in your OskiCat search results, and both options will be displayed on the right.

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Article Databases

Search an article database to find citations (title, author, title of journal, date, page numbers) for articles on a particular topic.  The Library gives you access to over 200 article databases covering different disciplines.

1.  Think about which academic disciplines might write about your topic.  Examples:  literature, film, anthropology, history...

2.  Find the appropriate article database by subject (academic discipline or department).  Look for "Recommended" databases.

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject

Article Databases for Ethnic Studies research

Sample Searches in Article Databases

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > Academic Search Complete

restaurant worker* (select a field - optional)
immigra*  (select a field - optional)

edit search

restaurant worker* (select a field - optional)
immigra*  (select a field - optional)
united states (select a field - optional)

check off "scholarly (peer reviewed) journals"

use official descriptors/subject terms:

foreign workers united states  (subject terms)

Library > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > History > America:  History and Life

1965
immigration
chinese

advanced search

immigration
law
chinese

historical period from:  1965 to 1990

Search Results

UC-eLinks - Find Article Text/Location

Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks orange logo to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database is a bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the Uc-eLinks icon click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:

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For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

About JSTOR!

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR

Everyone Loves JSTOR:

CAUTIONS:

Why Can't I Just Use Google?

If you want to use Google for research, use Google Books or Google Scholar.

Use the Advanced Search for more searching options.

Remember that Google Books search results do not necessarily include the full text of the book; some include no text at all, some include a limited preview (only some pages of the book).

When you use Google Scholar, make sure to update your Scholar Preferences (see below) so you'll be able to use UC e-links to find the UC Berkeley library locations/online availability of the articles.

Step 1: If you haven't already done this, set up your proxy server access by following the directions at http://proxy.lib.berkeley.edu/. When you get to a point where you are accessing resources that the Library pays for, you will be prompted for your CalNet ID and password. For more help see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/tutorials/proxy.html

Step 2: Change your “Scholar Preferences.” Access these by clicking on the small icon in the upper right of the screen.

Step 3: In search box next to "Library Links," type in University of California Berkeley and click on “Find Library”

Step 4: Check all the boxes next to "University of California Berkeley"

Step 5: Click on "Save Preferences" at bottom of page

And When You Find It...Evaluate It!

You already know that you should evaluate anything you find on the Internet.  Here are some reminders of what to look for.

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Getting Help

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And of course:  e-mail Corliss or email Theresa (Bancroft Library)

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Schedule, view, edit or cancel your appointment online (CalNetID required)

This service is for Cal undergraduates only. Graduate students and faculty should contact the library liaison to their department or program for specialized reference consultations.

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