Selected Resources for: Asian American Studies

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Subject Librarian:

Nancy Herther

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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 nearly 1200 of the most important journals in these subject areas. Updated, uniform subject headings facilitate your search, with the original subject headings also provided. Subjects Covered Include: Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Community Health & Medical Care, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Minority Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Planning & Public Administration, Policy Sciences, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Welfare, Religion and Theology, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies.

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, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.

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, designed specifically for public libraries, provides full text for more than 2,000 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues and much more. In addition to the full text, this database provides indexing and abstracts for 2700 titles. This database features: 5,000 full text Magill Book Reviews, 357 reference and travel books including the World Almanac & Book of Facts 2001; full text from 84,074 biographies, 86,132 full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. MasterFILE Premier offers PDF backfiles as far back as 1975.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Bibliographies

Asian American literature : an annotated bibliography

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.

Asian American studies : An annotated bibliography and research guide

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

Hmong : an annotated bibliography, 1983-1987

South Asians in North America: An Annotated and Selected Bibliography

This bibliography covers the period of 1900-1986.


Catalogs

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

Almanacs

Asian American Almanac: A Reference Work on Asians in the United States

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


Biographical Sources

Chinese American Portraits: Personal Histories 1828 - 1988

Distinguished Asian Americans: A Biographical Dictionary

"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.


Chronologies

Asian American Chronology

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


Dictionaries

Dictionary of American Immigration

Dictionary of Asian American History

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


Encyclopedias

Asian American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia

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."

Encyclopedia of Asian History

SAGE Knowledge is the platform for accessing all subscribed content from Sage and and selected companion publishers CQ Press and Corwin. Sage Knowledge includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more. The Libraries have purchased all Sage Handbooks and Encyclopedias through 2011.


Guides

Japanese American History: A-to-Z Reference from 1868 to the Present

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


Handbooks and Manuals

Asian American Studies

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

Journal of Asian American Studies

An interdisciplinary journal which focuses on Asian American issues.

MELUS

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

Amerasia Journal

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

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.).


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.


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