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FTS 100: Immigration: Past, Present and Future

Fall 2008
The Research Process

Research is an adventure. It's open-ended, exploratory, surprising, frustrating, and full of blind alleys and interesting side trips. It doesn't have to be lonely. Compare notes with your colleagues and take advantage of the friendly people sitting at the reference desk. We love to help you find what you're looking for.

Personnel:
Faculty: Debra Pitton
Librarian: Anna Hulseberg ahulsebe@gac.edu


Table of Contents:

Reference Works
Reference works are helpful at two points in your research: when starting out (by offering overview articles of, say, a writer and her work) or when nailing down unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics that turn up during your research. Many reference book articles are written by experts and offer not only information but excellent bibliographies for further research.
  • American Immigrant Cultures: Builders of a Nation
    New York: Macmillan 1997
    Covers culture groups from Acadians to Zoroastrians, covering each group's defining features, patterns of cultural variation, immigration history, demographics, cultural characteristics, and relevant published literature.
    • Location(s): Ref E184.A1 A63448 1997
  • Encyclopedia of American Immigration
    Armonk: Sharpe 2010
    Covers historical and contemporary issues in immigration policy, provides coverage of social and cultural issues and background on specific immigrant groups. The final section reproduces key legal documents from the US Constitution to late twentieth-century immigration legislation and executive orders. (Note: Gustavus is missing volume 2 of this set.)
    • Location(s): Ref JV 6465 .E53 2010
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
    Detroit: Gale 2000 2nd ed. edition
    Offers over 150 substantial essays on ethnic groups in the U. S., covering origins, circumstances of arrival, family, community, culture, economy, politics, and significant contributions. Each essay ends with a bibliography and contacts for further research.
    • Location(s): Ref E 184 .A1 G14 2000
Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All MnPALS Libraries" under "Library to Search" to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary loan. See our Guide to MnPALS for instructions. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic.
  • MnLink
    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
Finding Articles
Databases for articles and other materials offer references to publications that may or may not be in this library; some databases offer full text of articles and others simply citations. There are in-depth databases that cover publications in a particular field and others that are interdisciplinary. You can access databases from a drop-down list on the library's main page.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Search current news, business information, and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
    Coverage varies by title; mostly 1980s-present
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
    1986-present (most from 1995 on)
Finding Journals
  • Journal Locator
    Find out if we subscribe to a particular journal, either online or in print. If the journal is not available in print or full text at Gustavus, you may request copies of articles through Interlibrary Loan.
Interlibrary Loan
We can order books and articles from other libraries if you need something we don't have.

Web Sites
  • Evaluating Web Sites
    When doing research, we should evaluate all sources before using them in our work, but it is especially important to evaluate websites. Anyone can publish anything on the web, which means that we have to apply a critical eye to every web page to make sure it is a reliable source. Visit this page for criteria for evaluating web sites.
  • National Immigration Law Center
    The NILC advocates for low-income immigrants and their families. The website includes information on immigration law, employment issues, public benefits, and driver's licenses.
  • U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
    Formerly the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service, the USCIS administers immigration and naturalization decisions and establishes immigration services policies. The web site describes services and benefits as well as laws and regulations.
Citing Your Sources
This page includes basic models for MLA, APA, and Chicago citations as well as a link to a more detailed online guide and sample papers. If you're confused about whether you should cite a source or not, take a look at this explanation of plagiarism from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Contacting Anna
I am happy to discuss your research questions with you. Contact me via e-mail at ahulsebe@gustavus.edu or call me at x7566.

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