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ETHS 335: Asian Pacific American Women

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Asian American Studies: In-Depth Resources (Iowa State U.)
A select academic listing of Web sites pertaining to Asian Americans.
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
Official NAPAWF organization website.

Open Directory: Asian American Studies
A listing of resources pertaining to Asian American Studies. Includes resources on culture, history, news & criticism, departments for Asian Studies.
Understanding scholarly journals
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From Idea to Library
Video tutorial on how scholarly articles are written, published, and made accessible to researchers and students. From the NCSU Libraries.

Scholarly vs. Popular Materials Guide (NCSU)
Guide to distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazines, and trade journals/magazines.

In pairs, work through the Popular vs. Scholarly Articles - Tutorial from the University of Arizona Libraries.
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. Here are some tips to help get you started.
  • Identify the main concepts of your topic
  • Think of synonyms to describe each concept, where appropriate
  • 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
Some terms for the "asian american" concept of your topic:
east asian american*, korean american*, pacific islander*, chinese american*, japanese american*, hmong american*

Some terms for the "empowerment" concept of your topic:
empower*, resistan*, reform, activis*, social justice, movement

Sample searches:

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

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

"southeast asian*" AND "social movement" AND "united states"
Search for Articles, Books, and More

GenderWatch Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit database
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.

Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit database
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.

LibSearch Unrestricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase
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.

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.
Evaluating Information for Academic Quality
Once you have searched for and located information, you must evaluate your results to determine which resources to use for your research assignments. One method for evaluating information is the CRAAP Test (from the Meriam Library at California State University Chico). CRAAP stands for:

The timeliness of the information.
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
Authority: The source of the information.
The reliability, truthfulness, objectivity, and correctness of the informational content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.

Library Services

Digital Media Studio
A green screen and video camera, film editing programs on a souped-up Mac, and audio recording and editing equipment are available in MC B42. Hours are Monday through Thursday 4-8 p.m. and Fridays 4-7 p.m. Email to set up an appointment.

Student Study Rooms
Reserve student study rooms for group work, available on the second and third floors of the Library.

Technology Lending
VIsit the Circulation Desk to borrow digital cameras, camcorders, projectors, and other equipment.
Related Guides
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: Ethnic and Women's Studies
Streaming video on issues related to Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Social Inequality, and general Sociology.
Multicultural Resource Center
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.

Search for materials in the Multicultural Resource Center

Cite Your Sources
Citation Styles Old
Choose a citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago/ Turabian...) and follow the guidelines for formatting your paper and references.
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