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This subject covers: resources that support the General College Writing Laboratory: Basic Writing (GC 1421) library assignment on topics related to multicultural issues in education. You may also want to click on "Search Again" in Research QuickStart, using "Current Issues" or "Current Issues - Minnesota" for additional resources.

Article Databases and Indexes

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MNCAT Article Discovery is the Library's powerful new tool that simultaneously searches hundreds of databases, including popular ones such as JSTOR, Project MUSE and Medline.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Subjects include Mexican-American and Chicano studies topics. Index to books and articles in English and Spanish languages.

Australia and Other Countries: For Australian Education Journals and Conferences: EdResearch Online is a freely available database offered by the Cunningham Library, Australian Council for Educational Research. In it are selective records from the Australian Education Index which are available online free, or for a fee. Included in it are most major Australian education journals and conferences.

Users curently affiliated with the University of Minnesota Twin Cities may request copies of the articles from Interlibrary Loan at

This database offers the world's largest and most complete collection of full-text education journals, and encompasses an international array of English-language periodicals, monographs, yearbooks, and many unique sources that were never previously available, covering all levels of education--from early childhood to higher education--as well as all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education and testing.

ERIC is the Education Resources Information Center. It provides access to education-related journal and non-journal literature. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, it provides full citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, curricula, government documents, dissertations, reports, and other educational materials.

Provides access to the diversity of literature on the left, with a primary emphasis on politically and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside the academy and a secondary emphasis on significant but little known sources of news and ideas. Topics covered include politics, economics, the labor movement, ecology and environment, women's studies, race and ethnicity, social and cultural theory, sociology, art and aesthetics, philosophy, history, education, law, and globalization.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

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.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search for books, conference proceedings, journals, maps, videos, and other items in our collection.

General Reference Sources


Dictionary of Multicultural Education

"As the authoritative reference work on the subject, the Dictionary includes in-depth explanations of the history, use, and implications of more than 150 terms as defined by scholars prominent in the field. This reference work comprises terms of relevant legislation, educational-theoretical concepts and methodologies, and sociopolitical movements and conditions."--book description.


Encyclopedia of diversity in education

Includes bibliographical references (p. 708-747) and indexes Provides lengthy essays on many aspects of: Individual Bilingualism; Languages in Society; Languages in Contact with the World; and Bilingual Education. Includes coverage of technology, disabilities, multiculturalism; policies, change and many other issues.

Mitchell and Salsbury. Greenwood Press, 1999. Provides background for 400 topics and terms including acculturation, bilingual education, Black English, and gender equity, unconscious cultural conflicts, xenophobia and zionism.

Nation of Peoples

edited by Elliott Robert Barkan. Greenwood Press, 1999. Book begins with an essay on multiculturalism followed by entries for groups. Each entry traces history of the group and subgroups, plus a bibliography related to the group. This book helps to update the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. In the back you'll find immigration and naturalization tables and a general bibliography.

General Reference Works

Multiculturalism (vol 69 issue 5 of The Reference Shelf)

Chapter 2: "Multiculturalism and the Curriculum", pp 41-95.

They Chose Minnesota: A Survey of the State's Ethnic Groups

Handbooks and Manuals

Native American Issues: A Reference Handbook

Covers a range of contemporary issues: sovereignty & jurisdiction, land claims, hunting & fishing rights, sacred sites, burial practices, mineral rights, gambling, stereotypes, court cases.

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

Packed with links, publications and reviews about various diversity issues in urban education, including ethnic groups, demographic statistics, immigrant education, gay/lesbian/bisexual, women, conflict resolution and more. Part of the ERIC web at Columbia.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

News Sources

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.

Primary Source Materials


Designed as a starting place for research, 48 reports per year provide background on current topics of widespread interest. The reports define the issues and include a chronology and extensive bibliographies.

The report includes the following hapters: 1.Cultural Contexts for Learning 2.Cultural Diversity at Home 3.What Children Bring to School 4.Implications for Early Education 5.Directions for Research

A pdf working paper from the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA.


Voices of Multicultural America

This is an anthology of speeches made by Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans. The book includes "an alphabetical list of the speechmakers, an ethnicity index delineating the speakers' backgrounds more specifically (e.g., Cuban American, Omaha Tribe), . . . and a 10-page time line, with the speakers noted in boldface.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Electronic Journals in the Field of Education; Links to the AERA E-Journals List.

This web site has much information that relates to cultural diversity and second language learning. Take a look at their Topic Areas and their Databases categories.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

The Chronicles Fact & Figures page for Higher Education data and reports.

Selected Government Statistics on/for: Absolute Beginners, Agriculture, Crime and Justice, Defense, Earnings and Income, Education, Elections, Employment and Labor, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, General Economics, Health, Housing, Inflation and Prices, International Trade, Money, National Accounts, Population, Poverty and Social Welfare, State and Local Areas, Transportation, and United States.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

Writing Guides

Guide prepared by the Internet Public Library. Includes both Internet links and print resources.

Provides writing help in person and online at all stages of the writing process.

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

A helper page designed for General College writing courses.

This is a detailed look at the differences between popular and scholarly periodicals.

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