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Ethnic Studies Research Guide


The Ethnic Studies Guide is intended to provide an introduction to ethnic studies research resources available to you through Geisel Library and the Internet. If you need in-depth assistance or if you have questions about any of the resources or services mentioned in the guide please contact the Sociology Liaison Librarian.


Search Tips

When researching different ethnic groups it is crucial that you take the time to figure out all of the different ways that your demographic can be referred to. For example:

  • Korean Americans can be referred to as Corean Americans
  • Black Caribbean Americans can be referred to as Afro-Cuban Americans
  • Mexican Americans can be referred to as Chicano or Chicana (for females only)
  • Latin Americans can be referred to as Hispanic American or Latino American

Also be aware that researchers may only refer to the larger demographic group in the abstract of an article but may have sections devoted to your narrow demographic group in the article itself. To capture those articles try using the following search strategy:

  • Hispanic American (limited to the abstract field) AND Mexican American (limited to the full text field)
  • Asian American (limited to the abstract field) AND (Korean American OR Corean American) (limited to the full text field)


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Select Reference Resources

Electronic Reference Sources

Use the following electronic reference materials instead of Wikipedia; these resources are full of quality information and are as easy to use as Wikipedia.

Unless noted, the following electronic resources are restricted to the Saint Anselm College community.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
Search through GVRL's collection of reference materials by individual title or search multiple titles at once. Titles of interest to the field of ethnic studies include:

Oxford Reference Online (ORO)
Search through ORO's collection of reference materials by individual title or search multiple titles at once.

Credo Reference
Search through Credo's collection of reference materials by individual title or search multiple titles at once. Titles of interest to the field of ethnic studies include:

Print Reference Resources

All of the titles listed below are located in Geisel Library's reference collection which is located on the first floor of the Library next to the reference desk.

African-American National Biography (8 volumes)
     E185.96 .A4466 2008

Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice
     HM671 .E53 (3 volumes)

An Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895
     E185 .E545 (3 volumes)

Encyclopedia of American Folklife
     GR105 .E53 (4 volumes)

Encyclopedia of American Social Movements
     HN57 .E594 2004 (4 volumes)

Encyclopedia of Multiculturalism
     E184 .A1 E58

Encyclopedia of North American Immigration
     JV6465 .P68 2005

Ethnic Groups in Hollywood
     PN1995.9 .M56 M85

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multi-Ethnic American Literature
     PS153 .M56 G74 (5 volumes)

Handbook of North American Indians
     E77 .H25

Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups
     E184 .A1 H35

Hispanic Literature of the United States
     PS153 .H56 K36

Mexican American Experience
     E184 .M5 M4535


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Find Journal Articles


Individual Journals

If you would like to browse Geisel Library's collection of ethnic studies related print and electronic full text journals go to Journal Finder's listing of ethnic studies journals.

Scholarly journal titles of interest to ethnic studies include:

Ethnic and Racial Studies
Ethnicity Studies
Journal of American Ethnic History
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
Race, Ethnicity and Education

African/Black Caribbean Americans
Journal of African American Studies
Journal of Black Studies

Asian Americans
Asian Ethnicity
Modern Asian Studies
Journal of Japanese Studies

Hispanic/Latino Americans
Hispanic American Historical Review
Hispanic Research Journal
Mexican Studies

Native American Indians
American Indian Law Review
American Indian Quarterly
Journal of American Indian Education

Article Databases

Search the following databases to locate journal articles in the field of ethnic studies. Many of the databases will require you to use WebBridge to locate the full text of an article. To learn how to use WebBridge, please watch our video tutorial (3.5 mins; includes audio). The following databases are only a sampling of the databases that can be used to research ethnic issues; to view the complete list of databases that Geisel Library subscribes to please consult our databases by subject page.

Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier indexes articles from a wide range of disciplines including the social sciences, humanities, and the hard sciences such as chemistry or biology. This is a good resource with which to begin your research, especially on a topic that is as inter-disciplinary as ethnic studies.

America: History and Life
Use this database to locate abstracts to journal articles, book/media reviews, and dissertations focusing on United States and Canadian history and culture from prehistoric times to the present. Journals indexed in this database include: Perspectives in Mexican American Studies, Chinese America: History and Perspective, Great Plains Quarterly, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society.

Search JSTOR for full-text articles from major journals in the humanities and social sciences, including, International Migration Review, Black American Literature Forum, and the Journal of Asian Studies. Coverage is generally from the beginning of publication to within 5 years of the current issue.

Handbook of Latin American Studies
This is a searchable online index to the academic literature of Latin American studies, with over 5000 new items added annually. The database includes journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers in many disciplines, including anthropology, art, economics, geography, government and politics, history, international relations, literature, music, philosophy, and sociology. (1936-present)    List of Journal Abbreviations

ProQuest Central
This interdisciplinary database contains a variety of publication types from all disciplines, as a result the search results may seem overwhelming at first. To limit your results try one of the following options: click on the "Scholarly Journals" tab to view only scholarly articles or limit your search to smaller collections like ProQuest Social Science Journals (scholarly and trade publications in the social sciences) by selecting a collection from the Database drop-down menu.

SocINDEX, the core sociology database on campus, indexes over 590 academic journals, monographs, and conference papers related to the field of sociology. With thousands of full-text articles available, SocINDEX is an essential tool for ethnic studies research.


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Find Books


Search the library catalog to locate books in Geisel Library. Titles that have been recently added to the collection can be viewed on the New Materials webpage. Acquisitions for the most recent month are listed at the top of the page; to view previous acquisitions click on the months at the bottom of the page.

Listed below are a few subject headings that would be of interest to those researching ethnic studies.

If you have searched the Geisel Library Catalog but could not locate a book on your topic try searching WorldCat, a database that allows you to search the collections of libraries throughout the United States. When you locate a title of interest, click on the ILL icon in the book's catalog record to request the item through interlibrary loan. Your book(s) will be available for pickup in the library within 7-14 days. For assistance in using this database please Ask a Librarian.

Ebrary is an online library containing thousands of e-books spanning across all scholarly disciplines. Books can either be opened in QuickView for instant viewing or in the ebrary Reader (a downloadable plug-in), which provides enhanced functionality such as the ability to copy/paste, highlight, or take notes in a particular book.


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Selected Websites

Use the following websites to locate reports, statistics, and primary sources related to ethnic studies issues. A variety of websites are listed below including libraries and museums, research centers and foundations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Only those websites that contain a large amount of current and freely available content are included in this list.

Some of the resources listed below will help you locate citations to key pieces of research on ethnic studies. To locate the full text to a particular citation try searching the Geisel Library Catalog and/or Journal Finder. If we do not already own the item feel free to place an interlibrary loan request.


American Folklife Center
Library of Congress

California Cultures
University of California - Berkeley, Bancroft Library/Library of Congress

Condition of Education
U.S. Department of Education

Current Population Survey
U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Digital Vaults
National Archives and Records Administration

Immigration Statistics
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
Harvard University

Minority Census Links
U.S. Census Bureau

Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Centers for Disease Control

Southern Poverty Law Center

Uniform Crime Reports
Federal Bureau of Investigation

African/Black Caribbean Americans

African American Archaeology and African Diaspora Archaeology Resources
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

African American Odyssey
U.S. Library of Congress


Born in Slavery
Library of Congress

Civil Rights Digital Library
Digital Library of Georgia

Documenting the American South
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Harlem History
Columbia University

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
New York Public Library

Asian Americans

Asian Nation

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration and others.

Asian Reading Room
U.S. Library of Congress

Chinese Exclusion Act: Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
Harvard University

Chinese in California, 1850-1925
University of California - Berkeley, Bancroft Library/Library of Congress

Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center

JARDA: Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives
The Regents of the University of California: UC Libraries

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
The Smithsonian Institution

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

Latino/Hispanic Americans

Hispanic Reading Room
Library of Congress

Julian Samora Research Institute
Michigan State University

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
University of Texas - Austin

LULAC: League of United Latin American Citizens

National Council of La Raza

Pew Hispanic Center
A Pew Research Center Project

Political Database of the Americas
Georgetown University

Puerto Rico and the American Dream

The Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings
University of California - Los Angeles

Tomás Rivera Policy Institute

Native American Indians

American Indian Movement

American Indians of the Pacific Northwest
Library of Congress: American Memory

American Native Press Archives
University of Arkansas - Little Rock

Bureau of Indian Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior

Library Channel – Native Americans
Arizona State University Libraries

Images of Native Americans
University of California - Berkeley, Bancroft Library

Indian Affairs:  Laws and Treaties
Oklahoma State University Library Digital Publications
The American Indian Heritage Foundation

Native Americans and the Environment
National Council for Science and the Environment

Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project
University of Oklahoma Law Library & The National Indian Law Library of the Native American Rights Fund

Native American Health
National Library of Medicine

Native American Languages
University of Osaka

Native American Sites
American Indian Library Association

The North American Indian: Edward S. Curtis
Northwestern University/Library of Congress

Relations Between The United States and Native Americans
Avalon Project

Statutes of the United States Concerning Native Americans
Chronological Avalon Project

Treaties Between the United States and Native Americans
Avalon Project


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