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Ethnic Studies 111 - EUROPEAN IMMIGRANTS IN AMERICA, 1776 TO PRESENT - Kronbeck

Research Guide for Elizabeth Kronbeck's Ethnic Studies 111 course

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Go to the GCC Library Catalog and use Library of Congress (LC) subject headings to locate books containing both secondary and primary sources. You can also use these same LC subject headings to search online in other library catalogs such as Los Angeles Public Library or Glendale Public. Some examples of Library of Congress subject headings related to the topic of immigrants and immigration are:
  • Aliens United States
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Emigration and immigration – History
  • Emigration and immigration in literature
  • Emigration and immigration – Literary Collections
  • Emigration and immigration law -- Soviet Union
  • Emigration and immigration in literature
  • Immigrants – United States—History
  • Immigrants – United States—History – 19th century
  • Immigrants – United States—History – 20th century
  • Immigrants – United States—History – 21 century
  • Immigrants – United States – Interviews
  • Immigrants – United States – Social conditions – 20th century
  • Immigrants – United States – Social conditions – Anecdote
  • Immigrants’ writings, American
  • Minorities – United States
  • Minorities – United States -- History

Search Using Library of Congress of Subject Headings

The following Library of Congress (LC) subject headings can be used to locate books containing both secondary and primary sources. You can also use these same LC subject headings to search online in other library catalogs such as Los Angeles Public Library or Glendale Public. Click on the links to these subject headings to get a sample of items in the catalog, which include print books, electronic books, and other electronic resources, including web sites. 
Use the list below to conduct a "Subject Browse." (Click on the screenshot below this list to access the search screen of GCC's library's catalog.)
  • Armenian Americans
  • Armenia – Emigration and Immigration- United States
  • French American -- Migrations
  • Irish Americans -- History
  • Russian Americans -- Cultural Assimilation
  • Spaniards – United States – History- Sources
  • Aliens-United States       
  • Emigration and Immigration       
  • Emigration and Immigration--History       
  • Emigration and Immigration in Literature       
  • Emigration and immigration – Literary Collections       
  • Emigration and Immigration Law--United States--History--Sources       
  • Immigrants – United States—History – 19th century
  • Immigrants – United States—History – 20th century
  • Immigrants – United States—History – 21 century
  • Immigrants – United States – Interviews
  • Immigrants – United States – Social Conditions – 20th century
  • Immigrants – United States – Social Conditions – Anecdote
  • Minorities – United States
  • Minorities – United States -- History

 

Link to "Basic Subject Browse" Search in GCC's Library Catalog

Search Using Subject Headings for Specific Cultural Events

 The following are some of the subject headings that can be used to find sources on specific historical cultural events.

  • Famines Ireland History 19th Century
  • Genocide Europe History 19th century
  • Genocide Europe History 20th century
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) Germany Personal Narrative

    • [Country Name] Emigration and Immigration 
    • Example: Ireland Emigration and Immigration 
       
    • [Country Name] Americans
    • Example: Polish Americans
       
    • [Group] United States
    • Example: Poles United States

 

Conducting Your Own Search in the Library Catalog

Use keywords to search for information in databases and on the Web. Below are some examples of keywords related to the topic of European Immigration:

  • assimilation
  • acculturation
  • diaspora
  • France (use name of the country you are looking for)
  • genocide  (use the specific historical event)
  • emigration
  • illegal aliens
  • refugees
  • immigrant
  • immigration
  • migration
  • Italians (use the specific cultural group name)
In the example below, the question mark (?) is used to search for all forms of the root word:  immigrant? 
Your results will include hits that have either: 
immigrant
or
 immigrants
 
See the other boxes on this page for more suggestions and tips on searching the library catalog.

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