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ETHS 215: Introduction to Asian American Studies

Find Statistics and Background
Statistics
Asian American Data Links (U.S. Census)
Data and reports based on the 2010 U.S. Census.

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Data Links
Data and reports based on the 2010 U.S. Census.

Background
"What does American-ness mean for East Asian Americans?"
Article from the Web-based magazine, Everyday Feminism.

"Confronting racism against Asian-Americans"
A documented live chat among New York Times journalists, experts, and readers.

"The real reasons the U.S. became less racist toward Asian Americans"
Newspaper article from the Washington Post.
Create your Search Strategy

Figuring out what keywords to use and how to construct your searches is one of the most difficult aspects of doing research.

 
  1. Identify the main concepts of your topic and think of synonyms to describe each concept, where appropriate

    Try searching with broader and then more specific terms such as:
    east asian american*, korean american*, pacific islander*, chinese american*, japanese american*, hmong american*, api, aapi, aanhpi, native hawaiian*
     
  2. Add a search term for the agency issue of your topic such as:
    "race or racism", "identity politics", discrimination, stereotypes, prejudice, privilege, racialization, acculturation, assimilation
     
  3. Add a search term for the empowerment or resistance aspect of your topic such as:
    empower*, resistan*, reform, activis*, social justice, movement, agency
     
  4. Use database searching tips to formulate your search

    * Combine synonyms with OR and enclose in parentheses
    * Combine the different concepts with AND
    * Use truncation (*) to find multiple endings of words
    * Use quotation marks around phrases

Sample searches:

("asian american*" OR "pacific islander*") AND racialization AND empower*

("east asian american*" OR "chinese american*") AND "political empower*" AND "stereotype*

"southeast asian*" AND "social justice" AND "united states"
Search for Scholarly Articles
You should select at least two databases to search for scholarly articles on your topic.

All topics:
  • LibSearch
    Search the library's physical collection (books, movies, music, government publications, etc.) along with online journals and e-books to which the Library subscribes -- all in a single search.
  • Academic Search Premier (all topics)
    Full-text articles in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc. Tip: Click the check box to limit to Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.
  • GenderWatch
    Articles on topics like sexuality, religion, societal roles, feminism, masculinity, eating disorders, day care, and the workplace that support LGBT studies, family studies, gender studies, and women's studies with a unique interdisciplinary approach. Click the check box to limit results to "Peer-reviewed" for scholarly articles.
  • JSTOR
    Provides access to scholarly journals in anthropology, ecology, economics, education, general science, history, literature, mathematics, political science, philosophy, and more. Some journals have "moving wall" access that does not include the most recent 2-5 years.

Criminal Justice / Crime and Punishment:
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts
    The premier source for finding scholarly articles and other information related to criminal justice.  Topics covered include: courts and the legal process; adult corrections; crime prevention and control strategies; crime, the offender, and the victim; juvenile justice and delinquency; and police.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    The primary database for scholarly articles in sociology, anthropology, social work, and related topics of study.

Economics:
  • EconLit
    Index to scholarly articles and dissertations in economics and related fields. Updated monthly. Corresponds to the print index published as part of the Journal of Economic Literature.
    Note: 1969 to present
  • Business Source Complete
    Premium full-text content and peer-reviewed business journals covering all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and more.
  • JSTOR
    Provides access to scholarly journals in anthropology, ecology, economics, education, general science, history, literature, mathematics, political science, philosophy, and more. Some journals have "moving wall" access that does not include the most recent 2-5 years.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.

Education:
  • ERIC (EBSCO)
    ERIC is the primary database supporting research in all areas of education, including psychology, administration, and library science.
  • PsycINFO
    PsycINFO is the premier source for finding scholarly articles and other information relating to all aspects of psychology and related fields.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    The primary database for scholarly articles in sociology, anthropology, social work, and related topics of study.

Environmental Racism / Environment:
  • GreenFILE
    A collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles that include content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    The primary database for scholarly articles in sociology, anthropology, social work, and related topics of study.

Housing:
  • Academic Search Premier (all topics)
    Full-text articles in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc. Tip: Click the check box to limit to Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
  • Social Services Abstracts
    The premier source for finding scholarly articles and other informaiton focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,300  journals as well as dissertations, and citations to book reviews.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    The primary database for scholarly articles in sociology, anthropology, social work, and related topics of study.

Laws / Public Policies:
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    The premier source for finding scholarly articles and other informaiton related to political science topics.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    The primary database for scholarly articles in sociology, anthropology, social work, and related topics of study.

Media:
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    The main database for Communication Studies and Mass Communications. Searches over 600 journal titles that support research in communication, mass media, linguistics, language learning and related fields of study.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.

Medical / Health Care:
  • Alt HealthWatch
    Emphasis on holistic and integrated approaches to wellness and health care. Index with abstracts to articles back to 1984, full text for 180 journals and reports back to 1990.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic
    Index with fulltext for 550 scholarly journals covering many areas of medicine. Include the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide covering 1300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4700 brand names.
  • PsycINFO
    PsycINFO is the premier source for finding scholarly articles and other information relating to all aspects of psychology and related fields.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.

Military:
  • America: History & Life
    Search 2,000 scholarly journals on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present (the rest of the world is covered in Historical Abstracts).
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    The primary database for scholarly articles in sociology, anthropology, social work, and related topics of study.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    The premier source for finding scholarly articles and other informaiton related to political science topics.

Politics:
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    The premier source for finding scholarly articles and other informaiton related to political science topics.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    The primary database for scholarly articles in sociology, anthropology, social work, and related topics of study.

Religion:
  • Philosopher's Index
    A comprehensive database that searches the contents of over 550 philosophical journals as well as books, anthologies, and book reviews related to topics in philosophy.
  • JSTOR
    Provides access to scholarly journals in anthropology, ecology, economics, education, general science, history, literature, mathematics, political science, philosophy, and more. Some journals have "moving wall" access that does not include the most recent 2-5 years.
  • America: History & Life
    Search 2,000 scholarly journals on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present (the rest of the world is covered in Historical Abstracts).
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.
Library Services
Library Access from Off Campus
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Student Study Rooms
Reserve student study rooms for group work, available on the second and third floors of the library.
The Peer Review Process
Understanding Scholarly Sources
Journal covers image


Scholarly and Popular Materials (NCSU)
Guide to distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazines, and trade journals/magazines.
Popular vs. Scholarly
Activity: Compare and contrast the following articles. What makes one popular and the other scholarly?


Thrupkaew, N. (2002, April 8). The myth of the model minority. The American Prospect, 13(7), 38-41. [Click on FindIt and then Gale Cengage...]

McGowan, M. O. & Lindgren, J. (2006). Testing the "Model Minority Myth." Northwestern University Law Review, 100(1), 331-377.
Accessing Full Text Articles
  • When searching the databases for articles, look for the one of these links to access full text:
    HTML Full Text Image PDF Full Text image
     
  • If you don't see full text links, click on the Find It! button to view the easiest way to access the article:
    Find It button
     
find it menu
 
  • If an online full text option is not available, you will either see information about where the physical item is in the library OR be prompted to Sign in to order the item through Interlibrary Loan.
Search for Streaming Video
Films on Demand: Ethnic and Women's Studies Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Streaming video on issues related to Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, Social Inequality, and general Sociology.
Tip: To focus your results, type "racism" into the search box.

Media Education Foundation Collection (Kanopy) Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Find online videos that encourage critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media, with a special focus on representations of gender and race.
Cite Your Sources
Use the Cite feature in the library's databases to format your citations and copy and paste them into your References list at the end of your paper. Be sure to double check them for accuracy.

APA Formatting and Style Guide from OWL at Purdue

An in-text citation allows your reader to track down a specific source you use in your paper. The in-text citation should provide enough information to point your reader to the full citation in your reference list. An in-text citation must be included when you quote or paraphrase information from one of your sources.

In APA Style, an in-text citation typically includes the author's last name and the date of publication, in parenthesis. If you use a direct quote, include the page number for the reference.

In-text citation examples from OWL at Purdue and APA Style Blog:

After the intervention, children increased in the number of books read per week (Smith & Wexwood, 2010). 

Smith and Wexwood (2010) reported that after the intervention, children increased in the number of books read per week. 

According to Jones (1998), "Students often had difficulty using APA style, especially when it was their first time" (p. 199).

Johnson argued that...(as cited in Smith, 2003, p. 102).
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