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This subject covers: historical and contemporary perspectives on the Asian-American experience. Other related topics are: History, United States and Sociology (general aspects).

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

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.

Find academic journal articles on topics in mass media, film, television, marketing, and communications in business, health, and other communication studies.

Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches the most important journals in these subject areas. Covers 1907-1984.

The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.

This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.

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.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Includes information on and about Asian American writers who now live in Canada or the United States or who have spent significant time in these countries or who have written about the experiences of Asians in the US and Canada.

A comprehensive bibliography which provides a good starting place for research in this area.


Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources


This almanace covers significant issues, trends, events, etc., for over 20 Asian American ethnic groups.

Biographical Sources

"This reference work celebrates the contributions of 166 distinguished Asian Americans. Most people profiled are not featured in any other biographical dictionary on noted Asian Americans. The Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Filipino Americans, Korean Americans, South Asian Americans (from India and Pakistan), and Southeast Asian Americans (from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam) profiled in this work represent more than 75 fields of endeavor. From historical figures to figure skater Michelle Kwan, this work features both prominent and less familiar individuals who have made significant contributions in their fields. A number of the contemporary subjects have given exclusive interviews for this work."

Notable Asian Americans

Includes over 200 biographies on key figures, both contemporary and deceased.

Who's Who Among Asian Americans.


Covering important milestones in Asian American history, this chronology covers the time from 11,000 BC to 1995 AD.


Essays on legal, ethnic, historic and others issues. Includes a chronology.


Edited by Huping Ling and Allan Austin. Armonk, NY, Sharpe, 2010. This two-volume encyclopedia "offers coverage of the arts, culture, community, education, family, gender, marriage, occupation, and work of more than twenty national-origin groups, both historically and in contemporary American society."

Search all library subscriptions from Sage Publishing including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.


Covering the history of this group, the book has three parts: An historical overview, chronology and dictionary of terms/issues.

Handbooks and Manuals

An annototed bibliography and research guide.

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

"The Association for Asian American Studies was founded in 1979 for the purpose of advancing the highest professional standard of excellence in teaching and research in the field of Asian American Studies; promoting better understanding and closer ties between and among various sub-components within Asian American Studies." The site includes a good set of links as well as other useful information.

A searchable directory of resources from UCLA's Asian American Studies Center.

Library Web Sites

Good set of links to electronic journals, web sites and other information on this subject.

Web Sites

A global collaborative project which provides access in bibliographic and in hypertext terms to networked scholarly documents, resources and information systems concerned with or relevant to Asian Studies.

By Mark E. Pfeifer, PhD. Published by the Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center, 2011. An update to the key bibliography for this area. This opens to the pdf bibliography.

Provides extensive information about the Hmong population. Click on the Hmong Resource Center link to locate books, academic articles, and newspaper articles related to Hmong people and the Hmong experience in Minneapolis-St. Paul and across the world.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Titles

An interdisciplinary journal which focuses on Asian American issues.

Focused on literature and literary criticism, MELUS is an important journal for studying Ethnic American literature and includes individual articles, reviews, interviews, and occasionally whole issues devoted to the study of Asian American literature.

Journal Titles

Each year this journal publishes a bibliography of known titles relevant to research in this area. Topics include: "Contemporary Politics and Social Movements," "Culture Literature and Folklore," "Family Relations," and "Identity and Assimilation." The bibliography usually appears in the December issue of each volume.

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.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

A summary and tabular presentation on population information based on the 2000 US Census. Topics include geographic distribution, marital status, family and household type, labor force status, educational attainment, occupation, earnings, etc.

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

Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

The Asian American Studies began to offer a minor for undergraduate students, beginning fall semester 2003. This page links you to faculty, course information and related links.

The Web page for the American Studies department at the University. "American Studies is the interdisciplinary study of American culture(s). Students at the University of Minnesota are trained to study U.S. cultures and their interactions. Students and faculty work in a variety of academic specialties, including literature, history, sociology, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, art history, urban studies, political science, women's studies, and the history of science. In addition, the Department of American Studies maintains a strong commitment to multicultural scholarship."

The IHRC collects, preserves, and makes available archival and published resources documenting immigration and ethnicity on a national scope. These materials are particularly rich for ethnic groups that originated in eastern, central, and southern Europe and the Near East -- those who came to this country during the Great Migration that gained momentum in the 1880s and peaked in the first decades of the 20th century.

Library Information

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