Selected Resources for: Immigration

Subject Librarian:

Malaika Grant

This subject covers: the study of non-native populations that move into a country for permanent residence.

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.

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.

Primary reference tool to the world's population literature. Covers books, journal articles, working papers and other documents on population topics.

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

Catalogs & Indexes to Government Publications

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Publications & Executive Branch Documents provides access to full-text, indexing, and abstracts of published and unpublished Hearings, Congressional Committee Prints, and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports.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

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.

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.

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.

Indexes, Other

A comprehensive index to more than 12 million biographical sketches in more than 3,400 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books, covering over 4 million contemporary and historical figures throughout the world.

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.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


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

General Reference Sources



Contains descriptive profiles of 161 American ethnic groups. Each profile includes information about immigration history, demographic statistics, cultural characteristics, and useful bibliographic citations.

Essays on 152 culture groups of the U.S., from Acadians to Yupiats, covering their history, acculturation and assimilation, family and community dynamics, language and religion. Each essay is 5,000 to 20,000 words in length and includes black-and-white photographs, usually of people in native dress or engaged in a traditional activity. The information for each ethnic group includes a brief history of the country of origin, immigration statistics and a history of migration to America, and information on traditions and customs, language, religion, political involvement, and employment. Brief biographies of immigrants who have made a contribution to American society are followed by lists of newspapers and radio and TV stations serving the group, organizations, museums and research centers, and a brief bibliography.

Provides detailed essays on American ethnic groups, including statistical information.

General Reference Works


Includes a section of biographies and a chronology of U.S. immigration policy.

Handbooks and Manuals

United States Immigration: A Reference Handbook

Includes information about the development of U.S. immigration policy; trends in legal, illegal, and refugee immigration; a chronology of immigration laws and regulations; and a directory of organizations.

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.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

The home page for the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project includes news summaries and reports on current immigration issues.

Click on "Backgrounder Series" to find online full-text of reports published by the organization.

Provides national and state statistics and reports to support a conservative view of U.S. immigration.

The State Demographic Center provides yearly estimates of Minnesota's population and long-range projections every 10 years. The center analyzes and distributes data from the federal government and other sources. Link from here to data products and services from the State Demographic Center, Minnesota's liaison to the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency provides information on laws and regulations controlling U.S. immigration, reports and studies produced by the INS, and immigration statistics from 1994-1999.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

Historical Statistics of the United States on CD-ROM

A complete reproduction of the 1975 book of the same title published by the Census Bureau. Includes 57 chapters on topics touching all the social, behavioral, humanistic and natural sciences. Materials available in 3 formats: electronic text; Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet files; and tab-delimited text files.

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.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. The online version has full text from 1995-, although the series as a whole starts in 1878.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Style Manuals

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.

Library Information

Wilson Library

309 19th Ave. S.
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus
Service Desk: 612-624-3321

Immigration History Research Center

222 21st Ave. S.
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus