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Population, Migration & Refugee Studies: A Guide to Core Reference Resources

Population studies or the sociology of population deals with demographic behaviour and its roots in society, the culture and the psychological development of the individual. This guide provides you with some of the key resources needed to study in this area. For more information or help with your specific research topic, ask for assistance at one of our reference desks.

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Finding Books, Journals and Other Materials: MNCAT
The collections and resources available to students, staff and faculty of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, are all linked - whether online, print, AV, etc. - to records in MNCAT. There are other collections, beyond those of the University which can be searched as well. Some of the best are listed below. If you need something not available through our Libraries, we offer interlibrary loan services to get you what you need!
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Guides & Handbooks
Depending on your specific research topic, there are potentially tens of guides that might be most useful. These are good sources to begin your research in this area.
  • AILA's Asylum Primer : A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure
    By Regina Germain. 4th Ed. Washington, DC: American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2005.
    • Location(s): TC Law Library KF4836 .G47x 2005 On Order
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  • Demography: Analysis and Synthesis
    Graziella Caselli, et al., editors-in-chief. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2006. A four-volume collection of 120 original chapters covering virtually any topic of importance to the field.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Quarto HB871 .C37513 2006 Regular Loan
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  • Displaced Peoples and Refugee Studies: A Resource Guide
    Edited by the Refugee Studies Programme, University of Oxford; compiled by Julian Davies. New York: H. Zell, 1990. A reference handbook to help you in starting your research in this area.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference HV640 .D57 1990 Non-Circulating
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  • Global Refugee Crisis [electronic resource]: A Reference Handbook
    By Gil Loescher, & Ann Dull Loescher. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-ClIO, 1994. This book provides background information on the crisis in displaced people globally. It provides a chronology, annotated bibliography and other materials to get you started on your research in this area.
    • Location(s): TC Andersen Library Immigration History HV640 .L625 1994 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Reference HV640 .L625 1994 Non-Circulating
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  • Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States
    Identified all repositories of naturalization records by types of recods hel, dates of coverage, location of original and microfilmed records
    • Location(s): WILSON Reference CS49 .S28 1997
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  • Handbook of Immigrant Health
    Edited by Sana Loue. New York : Plenum Press, 1998. Handbook looks at health issues, data and practices for various groups in the U.S.
    • Location(s): TC Bio-Medical Library WA300 H2365 1998 Regular Loan TC Wilson Library RA448.5.I44 H36 1998 Missing TC Wilson Library Reserve RA448.5.I44 H36 1998 Two Hour Loan
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  • Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience
    Charles Hirschman, Philip Kasinitz, Josh DeWind. New York : Russell Sage Foundation, 1999. An excellent starting point for research, the guide discusses the various issues, topics and resources key to the study of this field. "The Handbook of International Migration gathers the best of this scholarship in one volume to present a comprehensive overview of the state of immigration research in this country, bringing coherence and fresh insight to this fast growing field."
    • Location(s): TC Andersen Library Immigration History Quarto JV6465 .H25 1999 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Quarto JV6465 .H25 1999 Regular Loan
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  • Immigration History Research Center: Guide to Minnesota-Related Collections
    • Location(s): WILSON Reference Quarto F615 .A1 U55x 1993
  • International Handbook on Internal Migration
    Edited by Charles B. Nam, William J. Serow, and David F. Sly. New York: Greenwood, 1990.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference HB1952 .I55 1990 Non-Circulating
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  • Refugees in America in the 1990s : A Reference Handbook
    Edited by David W. Haines. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.
    • Location(s): TC Andersen Library Immigration History HV640.4.U54 R425 1996 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Reference HV640.4.U54 R425 1996 Non-Circulating
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  • Sage Research Methods Online Authentication Required
    SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a tool designed to help you create research projects and understand the methods behind them. SRMO's new taxonomy of over 1,400 unique methods terms links to authoritative content, including: Over 600 books; Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks; The entire "Little Green Book" and "Little Blue Book" series; Two major works collating a selection of journal articles; Newly commissioned videos.
  • U.S.A. immigration guide [electronic resource]
    Ramon Carrion. 5th Ed. Naperville, IL: Sphinx Pub., 2004. An electronic book with information on the visa system in general, permanent immigrant visas, temporary non-immigrant visas, and maintaining visa status.
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  • U.S. Immigration : A Reference Handbook
    By Michael C. LeMay. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004. Looks at government policy and law concerning immigration and emigration.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference JV6483 .L46 2004 Non-Circulating
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Encyclopedia & Dictionaries
The University Libraries have wonderful collections of encyclopedia and dictionaries in every imaginable area of study. Here are some that might be particularly helpful. If you need more information, ask at any reference desk for assistance.
  • Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
    Edited by George Ritzer. New York: Blackwell, 2006. This 11-volume set includes 1700 articles from over 1,000 contributors. Reviewers consider it the "most ambitious and comprehensive reference work of its kind."
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference HM425 .B53 2007 Non-Circulating
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  • Dictionary of demography. Biographies
    By William Petersen and Renee Petersen ; with the collaboration of an international panel of demographers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985. This 2-volume set covers key individuals in this field.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference HB855 .P47 1985 Non-Circulating
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  • Dictionary of Demography. Multilingual Glossary
    By William Petersen and Renee Petersen with the collaboration of an international panel of demographers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985. Over 400 basic demographic terms are translated into French, Spanish, Russian, Italian, German, Chinese, and Japanese. Translations are also provided from each of these languages into English.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference HB849.2 .P468 1985 Non-Circulating
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  • Dictionary of Demography. Terms, Concepts, and Institutions
    William Petersen and Renee Petersen ; with the collaboration of an international panel of demographers. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1984. This 2-volume set provides terms and definitions from English or other languages.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference HB849.2 .P47 1984 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Authentication Required
    Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848
  • Encyclopedia of American Immigration
    Edited by James Ciment. Armonk: NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2000. This 4-volume set covers: v. 1. Immigration history to Immigration issues; v. 2-3 Immigration issues (cont'd); v. 3. Immigration issues (cont'd) to Immigrant groups in America; v. 4. Immigrant groups in America (cont'd) to Immigration documents. Indexes and references are included.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto JV6465 .E53 2001 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by H. James Birx
    A comprehensive, five-volume work with over 1,100 entries of original material written for this encyclopedia by educators and scholars in the natural and social sciences as well as philosophy. All articles are organized by keywords ranging from A to Z and an index. Entries cover the major areas of anthropology, as well as relevant topics in related disciplines, e.g., evolution, geology, paleontology, biology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and theology. Available both online and in print.
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  • Encyclopedia of Diasporas: Immigrant and Refugee Cultures Around the World
    Edited by Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, and Ian Skoggard. New York: Kluwer, 2004. This 2-volume encyclopedia provides overviews and topics as well as looking at specific diaspora communities. Indexes and bibliographies are included.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference JV6225 .E53 2004 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of Global Population and Demographics
    By Immanuel Ness, James Ciment. Armonk, NY : Sharpe Reference, 1999. This 2-volume reference is also available as a circulating CD-ROM in Wilson Library.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library HB871 .N43x 1999 Regular Loan TC Magrath Library Reference Quarto HB871 .N43 1999 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto HB871 .N43 1999 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts
    Edited by Josephy R. Rudolph, Jr. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003. This one-volume encyclopedia - available in print and as an ebook, looks at ethnic identity, cultural conflict within various countries and regions. Organized by country, then by conflict/issue, this encyclopedia provides information, bibliographies and an index.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference GN496 .E56 2003 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of Population
    Edited by Paul Demeny, Geoffrey McNicoll. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. Major reference resource provides good entries with bibliographic references and good indexing.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference HB871 .E538 2003 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of Race and Ethnic Studies
    By Ellis Cashmore. New York: Routledge, 2004. Available as both an ebook and in print, this work examines race and ethnicity issues worldwide. Includes bibliographies for further reading and an index.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference GN495.6 .C37 2004 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Ed.
    Edgar F. Borgatta, editor-in-chief. Detroit, MI: Macmillan, 2000. 5-volume set.
    • Location(s): TC Magrath Library Reference (Encyclopedia) Quarto HM17 .E5 2000 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto HM17 .E5x 2000 Non-Circulating
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  • Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences [Electronic Resource] Authentication Required
    2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 2005. "Covers the statistical sciences, including the areas of statistics, probability theory, biostatistics, quality control, and economics, with emphasis in applications of statistical methods in sociology, engineering, computer science, biomedicine, psychology, survey methodology, and other disciplines."
  • Encyclopedia of World Cultures. Supplement, 2002.
    "This volume, with one hundred new articles, supplements the award-winning 10-volume Encyclopedia of World Cultures ... organized and prepared by the Human Relations Area Files"
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto GN307 .E53 1991 Suppl. Non-Circulating
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  • Historical Dictionary of Refugee and Disaster Relief Organizations
    By Robert F. Gorman. 2nd ed. New York: Greenwood Press, 2000. Includes bibliographical references.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference HV640 .G66 2000 Non-Circulating
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  • Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present
    Edited by Matthew J. Gibney & Randall Hansen. ABC-CLIO, 2005. 3-volume set. The first two volumes provide signed articles on global immigration topics, issues about immigration, reasons for immigration and emigration and organizations that aid or facilitate immigration. The third volume contains over 80 historical and political douments related to immigration.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto JV6012 .I56 2005 Non-Circulating
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  • International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
    This major encyclopedia for the behavioral sciences is the latest in recent publication. It is available in print in the Wilson Reference and the Magrath Reference collections.
    • Location(s): Magrath Reference (Encyclopedia) H41 .I58 2001 Wilson Reference H41 .I58 2001
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  • Sage Knowledge Authentication Required
    Search all library subscriptions from Sage Publishing including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
    Useful for comparative overview of cultures. Most entries provide brief information in each of twenty standard categories for over 500 culture groups. v. 1. Africa / v. 2. Americas / v. 3. Asia and Oceania / v.4. Europe.
    • Location(s): WILSON Reference Quarto GN333 .W67 1998
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  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations
    Broad country by country coverage with bibliographies. Volume one includes country comparison tables and information from the U.N., etc.
    • Location(s): WILSON Reference Quarto G63 .W67 (year)
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Atlases & Maps
The University Libraries has thousands of maps and atlases available for you. Here are just a few representative titles. For complete holdings, check MNCAT or ask at any reference desk.
  • Atlas of International Migration
    By Aaron Segal; cartography by Patricia M. Chalk and J. Gordon Shields. London: Hans Zell Publishers, 1993. Major sections include: Human migrations -- Voluntary migrations-- Involuntary migrations -- World's major diasporas -- Global migration characteristics.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto G1046.E27 S4 1993 Non-Circulating
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  • Atlas of World Cultures : A Geographical Guide to Ethnographic Literature
    By David H. Price. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1989.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto G1046.E1 P7 1989 Non-Circulating
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  • Historical & Cultural Atlas Resource (OSSHE)
    Historical maps, or maps made in contemporary times portraying past events and circumstances, are available here, some of them interactive. "The project is a joint effort of the Dept. of History and Dept. of Geography at the University of Oregon, and only covers Europe, Middle East & North Africa, and North America." A shockwave plug-in is required to use the interactive map resources.
  • Library of Congress Country Studies
    The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.
Bibliographies & Reviews
Good reviews and bibliographies can also be found in books and article indexes. Here are some of importance in this field.
  • Annual Review of Population Law
    Excellent searchable database from Harvard University Law School provides summaries and excerpts of legislation, constitutions, court decisions, and other official government documents from every country in the world relating to population policies, reproductive rights and health, women's status and rights, children and adolescents, HIV and AIDS, and related topics, including abortion, domestic violence, and female genital mutilation. Covers 1974-present.
  • Annual Review of United Nations Affairs
    Presents the key United Nations documents that highlight the work of the principal UN organs each year, focusing annually on one theme of particular relevance.
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  • Annual Reviews Authentication Required
    Includes the Annual Reviews of Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science and over 20 others. Remote access available for University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities students, staff and faculty
  • State of the World's Refugees
    Geneva: UNHCR; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. "This book describes the development of international refugee law and the establishment of institutions devoted to the protection of refugees and other displaced people. It traces the major crises in which UNHCR has been involved since its establishment 50 years ago. Beginning with the mass displacement in Europe after the Second World War, the book addresses the flight of refugees from Hungary in 1956, crises associated with the process of decolonization in Africa, the Bangladesh refugee emergency in 1971, the sustained exodus from Indochina which began in the 1970s, and the large outflows resulting from the protracted wars of the 1980s in Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and Central America." Available online ( in print.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library HV640 S677 2000 Regular Loan
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  • World population policies 2003
    Available as both an ebook and in print, this UN publication covers population policies and statistics.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (UN Docs) Quarto ST/ESA/SER.A/230 Regular Loan
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Statistical Sources
As a depository library, our Government Publications Library has access to information from across the globe. If you need something more specific than those listed here, check MNCAT or ask at any reference desk.
    The Immigration Bureau was first organized in 1891 as the Office of the Superintendent of Immigration. Prior to this, immigration reports were collected and transmitted by the State Department until 1874, and then through the Statistics Bureau of the Treasury Department. Under the act of March 3, 1933, and an executive order effective August 10, 1933, the Immigration and Naturalization Service was formed through consolidation of the former Bureaus of Immigration and of Naturalization. Reorganization Plan V effective June 14, 1940, transferred the Service from the Department of Labor to the Department of Justice. On March 1, 2003, the Homeland Security Act of 2002 transferred the service and benefit functions of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Help finding historical information or data can be found through the reference services of the Government Publications Library in Wilson Library.
  • CensusCD Maps 1990-2000 [electronic resource] : 1990 Normalized and 2000 Census Data Sets and Thematic Mapping.
    [East Brunswick, NJ] : GeoLytics, [2004?] Provides information and data from the 21st Census (1990) and the 22nd Census (2000) for manipulation or comparison.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Borchert Map (ACIC) In Process
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  • Geocode CD
    E. Brunswick, NJ : GeoLytics, Inc., 2004. This CD-ROM converts user-supplied street addresses to geographical coordinates and 2000 U.S. Census Block codes. Contains Census Block and tract data for 66 demographic variables, including race, age, income, education, and housing value, which can be appended to the Block codes derived from street addresses.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Borchert Map (ACIC) G108.7 .G46 2004 Non-Circulating
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  • Handbook of National Population Censuses: Europe
    By Doreen S. Goyer and Gera E. Draaijer. New York: Greenwood Press, 1992.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference HA37.E93 G69 1992 Non-Circulating
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  • Handbook of National Population Censuses : Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania
    By Doreen S. Goyer and Eliane Domschke. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1983.
    • Location(s): TC Magrath Library Reference HA36 .G67 1983 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (Reference) HA36 .G67 1983 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Reference HA36 .G67 1983 Non-Circulating
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  • International Bibliography of Historical Demography
    Bibliographic citations on population studies and demography through history. All world areas are covered, with roughly 70-percent of records treating Europe, and all historical time periods are also covered. Topics covered include: spatial distribution of populations; mechanisms of population change, including mortality, fertility, and migration; marriage and the family; population structures; relationships between economic, social, and population variables; methods and techniques of historical demography, including palaeodemography.
  • International Data Base (IDB) - Census Bureau
    The International Data Base (IDB) is a source of demographic and socio-economic statistics for 227 countries and areas of the world. The IDB combines data from individual countries with U.S. Census Bureau estimates and projections to provide information from 1950 to 2050.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight Authentication Required
    Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.
  • Statistical Handbook on Racial Groups in the United States
    by Tim B. Heaton, Bruce A. Chadwick, and Cardell K. Jacobson. Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 2000. Covers: Demographics; education; economics and employment: health - well being and lifestyles; family; sex, fertility and contraception; religion; crime and delinquency; and political participation.
    • Location(s): Quarto E184 .A1 H417 2000 MAGRATH Reference; WILSON Reference
  • Statistical Handbook on the World's Children
    By Chandrika Kaul. Westport, CN: Oryx Press, 2002. Guide provides data and information on the study of: Demographics and Vital Statistics; Education; Health and Nutrition; Disease; AIDS; Economics; Family, Social Environment and Behavior; Crime, Violence and War; and more.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto HQ767.9 .K385x 2002 Non-Circulating
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  • Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (Electronic Edition)
    Published by the Department of Homeland Security, provides data on foreign nationals who were granted lawful permanent residence, were admitted into the United States on a temporary basis, applied for asylum or refugee status, or were naturalized. The Yearbook also presents data on immigration law enforcement actions, including alien apprehensions, removals, and prosecutions. To view only the data tables (in Excel format) or the report for a subject, such as "legal permanent residents," or "nonimmigrant admissions," click on the link under the subject matter heading.
Core Scholarly Databases
The Libraries have over 200 online indexes and databases, as well as hundreds more in print and on CD-ROM. Here are some core resources, for other possible sources, check the listing of guides at the end of this guide.
  • America: History and Life Authentication Required
    This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present with over 2,000 journals including all key English-language historical journals.
  • Anthropology Plus Authentication Required
    Anthropology Plus brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK. Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. The index offers excellent coverage of all core periodicals in the field in addition to local and lesser-known journals. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present.
  • AnthroSource Authentication Required
    Current and archival journals from the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Current coverage includes 15 of the AAA's most critical peer-reviewed publications; including American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly. The archive includes all AAA journals.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies Authentication Required
    References principally western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia. Emphasizes materials published since 1971, but has some materials dating from as early as 1779. It is broad, emphasizing the Humanities and Social Sciences, but not comprehensive.
  • CIAO Authentication Required
    Comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. Publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.
  • Digital Dissertations Authentication Required
    Dissertations and theses from over 1000 universities. Doctoral dissertations are indexed for almost all North American graduate schools and many European universities. Masters theses from selected schools only. Provides bibliographic citations for older titles. Abstracts are included for dissertations since 1980 and for masters theses since 1988. Some dissertations, beginning with 1997 publication dates, are available digitally. These include the University of Minnesota and other CIC member universities.
  • EconLit Authentication Required
    Contains bibliographic citations and selected abstracts to the professional and scholarly literature in the field of economics and allied disciplines, including journals, books, chapters in books, conference proceedings and dissertations.
  • eHRAF World Cultures Authentication Required
    Contains FULL-TEXT information on over 360 cultures of the world, past and present. Electronic HRAF contains resources added since 1991 but earlier segments will be added to this database on a regular basis.
    • eHRAF Tutorial
      This tutorial gives users a good overview of the eHRAF system and how to effectively search the database for information. A good starting point!
  • Family & Society Studies Worldwide

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  • GenderWatch Authentication Required
    GenderWatch is a full text database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas.
  • Geobase Authentication Required
    GEOBASE is a multidisciplinary database of indexed research literature on the earth sciences, ecology, geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography, geomechanics, alternative energy sources, pollution, waste management and nature conservation.

    The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 4 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

  • International Labour Migration Database
    "The ILO International Labour Migration Database has been developed to make information on international migration widely available. This sort of information is usually difficult to obtain, although it is of great value to promote knowledge-based debate on migration policy issues." The core database is divided into two sections: statistics and textual/legal information.
  • PAIS International Authentication Required
    Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.
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    Covers information family planning, population law and policy, and primary health care, including maternal/child health in developing countries in journal articles, monographs, technical reports, and unpublished works.
  • Population Index
    Primary reference tool to the world's population literature. Covers books, journal articles, working papers and other documents on population topics.
  • Social Services Abstracts Authentication Required
    CSA Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,600 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.
  • Sociological Abstracts Authentication Required
    This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.
  • Web of Science Authentication Required
    Search within a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal article citations. Subjects generally covered are within Science and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences . Use the citation web to find articles and journals with the most impact. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Helpful tutorials can be found on their website.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Authentication Required
    CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is building on the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000. The database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration & public policy.
Popular Press & Governmental Databases
Good information is often reported in popular press or in governmental reports. Here are some databases to get you at these types of information.
  • Academic Search Premier Authentication Required
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.
  • AccessUN Authentication Required
    AccessUN provides access to bibliographic citations of current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications including:
    • the UN collections of the Government Publications Library
    • articles appearing in UN periodicals
    • the bilateral and multilateral treaties in the UN Treaty Series
    • full text documents from the:
      • General Assembly - resolutions from 1981-
      • Security Council - resolutions from 1974-
      • Economic and Social Council - resolutions from 1982-
  • AccessUNDP
    Indexes United Nations Development Programme Project Reports issued and held by UN headquarters between the years 1972-1998. Provides access to evaluative, technical and terminal reports submitted to the UN by numerous participating and executing agencies. The Government Publications Library holds the corresponding full-text microfiche collection from NewsBank/Readex, which also produced the index.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch Authentication Required
    Full-text articles from over 300 American ethnic and minority newspapers including Asian-American, Jewish, African-American, Native-American, Arab-American, Eastern-European, and other multi-ethnic communities. Coverage dates back to 1990.
  • Factiva Authentication Required
    Full text database of media outlets, trade publications, news sources and websites that has international coverage. Includes daily newspapers, transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.

    Due to licensing restrictions for academic subscriptions, not all of the news sources in Factiva are available. See this list of Excluded Titles. If you need assistance using Factiva, please contact the Journalism Librarian.
  • Gallup Brain

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  • LexisNexis Academic Authentication Required
    LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.
  • Congressional Publications & Executive Branch Documents Authentication Required
    Congressional Publications & Executive Branch Documents provides access to full-text, indexing, and abstracts of published and unpublished Hearings, Congressional Committee Prints, and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. The full list of searchable congressional publications and date coverages includes:
    • Legislative Histories 1969-Present
    • Bills & Laws 1789-Present
    • Committee Prints & Misc. Publications 1789-Present
    • Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors 1789-Present
    • Congressional Record Daily Edition 1985-Present
    • CRS Reports 1916-Present
    • Hearings 1824-Present
    • House & Senate Documents 1789-Present
    • House & Senate Reports 1789-Present
    • Serial Set 1789-Present
    • Executive Branch Documents 1789-1939
  • LexisNexis Government Periodicals

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  • ProQuest Newsstand Authentication Required
    ProQuest Newspapers provides indexing and full text access to 1,270 newspapers and wire feeds. Full-text titles include major U.S. daily newspapers such as the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
  • OECD iLibrary Authentication Required
    OECD iLibrary is the online publications portal of the 34-country Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. OECD iLibrary is OECD’s Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. It replaces SourceOECD, and hosts all content so users can find - and cite - tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters. Video User Guide.
  • World News Connection Authentication Required
    Full-text summaries of foreign newspaper articles, conference proceedings, radio and television broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports. Formerly published as FBIS and JPRS Reports.
Key Organizations & Agencies
There are hundreds - if not thousands - of organizations and agencies operating today. This is just a representative listing. For more options, check some of the web sites listed below for links and information.
  • Amnesty International
    "Working to protect human rights worldwide," this group provides good data, analysis and information on various national and international issues.
  • Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
    The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies was established within the College of Liberal Arts and is an Independent Center with its main administrative relationship with the Department of History. CHGS is also affiliated with The Institute for Global Studies, The Humanities Institute, Department of German, Dutch and Scandinavian Languages, The Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota School of Law and The Center for European Studies. Located in 100 Nolte Hall on East Bank, their web site is searchable and includes good links.
  • ILO - International Labour Organization
    The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
    The IOM has become the leading international organization working with migrants and governments to provide humane responses to migration challenges. Established in 1951 as an intergovernmental organization to resettle European displaced persons, refugees and migrants, IOM has now grown to encompass a variety of migration management activities throughout the world.
  • Minnesota Population Center
    "The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is a University-wide interdisciplinary cooperative for demographic research. The MPC serves sixty faculty members and research associates from ten colleges and nineteen departments at the University of Minnesota, and employs nearly a hundred research support staff, including computer programmers and technicians, administrative staff, research assistants, and data-entry staff." Located in Willey Hall on West Bank, the web site provides information and links to resources.
  • Population Council
    The Council's web site provides information on ongoing research programs, and links to full text of some Population Council publications, including working papers, booklets, and the organization's newsletter. Also included are some good links for further research.
  • Population Reference Bureau
    This organization's home page links to articles, reports, and statistics related to population worldwide. Special topical features include the environment, AIDS, aging, education, family planning, gender, health, poverty, mortality, policy, and race. Charts and graphics, and a glossary of related terms are also included. This site is both searchable and browsable.
  • United Nations Population Division
    A division of the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs, this site includes excellent links to reports, data and information.
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
    This site, maintained by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, provides a variety of demographic, population, and family planning information from around the world, including reports of meetings, technical reports, press releases and statements.
  • U. S. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
    This unit of the U.S. State Department has primary responsibility for formulating policies on population, refugees, and migration, and for administering U.S. refugee assistance and admissions programs. The home page includes a set of good links.
Key Web Sites
This is a very selective listing of web sites; chosen because they all have good links to even more information - research, publications, organizations, etc.
  • European Migration Information Network (EMIN)
    "A web-based system designed to provide a gateway to information on international migration," the site includes a glossary, directory of key research centers and data providers, as well as a searchable directory to resources available online.
  • Forced Migration Online
    "Forced Migration Online (FMO) provides instant access to a wide variety of online resources dealing with the situation of forced migrants worldwide. Designed for use by practitioners, policy makers, researchers, students or anyone interested in the field, FMO aims to give comprehensive information in an impartial environment and to promote increased awareness of human displacement issues to an international community of users."
  • Immigration: Issues and Groups (Vanderbilt University)
    An excellent megasite with links to organizations, governmental units and others that include statistics, reports, indexes and other resources in this area. An excellent place to start your web research in this area.
  • Population Connection
    This site covers population and environmental resources such as news, curriculum materials, legislative updates, publications listings, position papers, and includes a set of excellent population and demographic links. Formerly called the Zero Population Growth site.
  • Refugee Caselaw Site
    From the University of Michigan Law School. "Nearly 150 countries have agreed to apply the same legal definition of a "refugee" to decide who is entitled to their protection. This site is designed to assist judges, advocates, and policymakers around the world to access leading court decisions that interpret the refugee definition set by the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol...Our core collection contains cases from the highest national courts of Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Since 2004, the collection has been incrementally expanded to include decisions from other asylum countries, as well as the most important decisions of lower courts and tribunals in the core collection states."
  • Society Pages
    An excellent set of links, blogs and other useful information related to sociology, politics and society. Created and maintained by University of Minnesota Sociology professors Doug Hartmann and Chris Uggen, this is an excellent place to learn how the principles, ideas and research in the field relate to our lives and help explain and understanding the world around us.
  • TRAC Immigration
    "Your source for comprehensive, independent and nonpartisan information about U.S. federal immigration enforcement." The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse from Syracuse University provides "comprehensive, independent and nonpartisan information" on federal immigration enforcement, staffing and spending; often using FOIA to gain access to key documents. Divided into topical areas, the Reports & Bulletins section provides background on various issues, Monthly Update Bulletins provides recent information and Facts & Figures provides data on immigration inspections, the U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies and activities. The site also includes a glossary.
Other Guides & Collections on Campus
Depending on your research topics, you may find some of these collections and guides useful in finding the best information for your project.
  • Government Publications Library
    Regional Federal Depository Library for U.S. government publications; depository for Minnesota, Canada, United Nations, and the European Union. Other official foreign and intergovernmental publications. See also: St. Paul Campus Libraries and the Law Libr
  • History (general aspects)
    This subject covers: all periods of history and all geographical areas. Other related topics are: History, African; History, East Asian; History, European; History, United States.
  • Immigration History Research Center
    Non-circulating personal papers, organizational records, books, newspapers, and other original sources documenting immigration and ethnicity throughout the United States.
  • Law Library
    State and federal statutes, reports, regulations, treatises, foreign and comparative international legal sources.
  • Political Science (General Aspects)
    This subject covers: politics and political behavior including the conduct of government. See also Area Studies, Legislation, and Politics, United States on the previous page.
  • YMCA Archives (Kautz Family)
    Non-circulating historical records, photographs, books, and journals documenting the U.S.A. YMCA's work in the U. S. and abroad from the 1850s to the present.

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