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ETHS 215: Introduction to Asian American Studies

Find Statistics and Background
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.

"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

Try your search in at least two different databases.

Academic Search Premier (all topics)
Academic Search Premier (ASP) contains indexing for nearly 8,050 publications, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. ASP provides full-text coverage 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.

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.

Sociological Abstracts
The primary database for scholarly articles in sociology, anthropology, social work, and related topics of study.

Your first stop for finding scholarly high-quality research. Search the library's physical collection (books, movies, music, government publications, etc.) along with most of the online journals and e-books to which the Library subscribes -- all in a single search. Tip: For scholarly articles, click the check box to limit your results to peer-reviewed journals.

Google Scholar
Searches academic papers and other scholarly literature. Go to Settings and set SCSU as your "Library link" to get full text available through the library.
Search for Books
Books and More Search (MnPALS Plus)
Search for books, ebooks, video, government publications, recordings, music scores, and other materials available through the library.  

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) is an academic center that supports those who are learning, researching or teaching about the experiences of people of color in the United States. Books in the MRC collection are on Miller Center 1st floor, near MC 137.

Limit to books in the Multicultural Resource Center

Search for Films and Video

The library has an extensive collection of films and movies that are streaming online or available for check out.


Films on Demand: Sociology Collection
Streaming video on issues related to Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, Social Inequality, and general Sociology.
Tip: Click on Asian American Studies in the column on the right
Cite Your Sources
Use the Cite feature in the library's databases to format your citations and copy and paste into your paper. Be sure to double check them for accuracy.

APA Formatting and Style Guide from OWL at Purdue
Library Services
Library Access from Off Campus
View instructions and get help with troubleshooting.

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
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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.
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