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Terminology: Note that often the terms immigration, immigrants, migration and migrants are used interchangeably. When doing research remember that immigration refers to a movement between nations whereas migration is movement within a nation. For the U.S. experience, immigrants are often also part of migrant populations (which often refers to those individuals involved in farm labor as seasonal laborers). International immigrants (also called international migrants) face legal/judicial issues as temporary immigrants with special visas or no visas (often referred to as illegal aliens or undocumented aliens). Immigrant visas carry diverse privileges in terms of rights. It is important that you as a researcher pay attention to these differentiations as they carry wide-ranging implications in terms of assumptions about rights and privileges.  To further your research you might also want to refer to other specific topics such as race, ethnicity, gender, or sexualities.  If you'd like learn more about research and online resources, stop by the 2nd floor Reference Desk.

Finding Books: Library Catalog

The Library Catalog is our local online library system. It allows you to locate books, periodicals, government publications, films and more. The Library Catalog also provides status information, e.g. if the material is checked out. It does not, however, index journal contents or include the full text of articles. The following are located on different floors.  Items listed on the 5th floor are in the Africana Center Collection, in the Cultural Heritage Center. Check the Library Catalog to verify availability, as most of the materials listed can be checked out. For help locating materials or instruction on using the catalog or the online databases please ask at a Reference Desk.

Click here for the Library Catalog or begin search below See a tutorial on how to use the Library Catalog
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Library of Congress Subject Headings

The Library Catalog uses the "Library of Congress Subject Headings" (large red books in the Reference Ready section near the Reference Desk) to catalog books. These subject headings are slow to change and sometimes removed from contemporary usage; they are, however, extremely useful in locating books and articles. Although these are subject headings using them as KEYWORDS is an excellent research method. Examples of subject headings:

Illegal Aliens -- Education
Emigration and immigration
Alien labor Illegal Aliens     
Agricultural laboreres -- United States --History
Mexico -- Emigration and immigration
California --Emigration and immigration
Alien labor, Asian -- United States
China -- Emigration and immigration -- History
Immigrants -- United States -- Government Policy

Ethnic groups or geographical locations can be substituted for other groups or locations.
Some names and organizations can also be used in subject searches.


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