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Immigration and the Immigrant Experience


What Do You Know?

You probably already know a little something about the topic you chose, but it's important to find out more in order to write an intelligent research paper and/or make a good argument. 

Ask yourself:

  • What do I know?
  • What can I find out?

Reference resources help you find out more!

Library Research Guides lead you to the best resources to use when searching for information on your topic.

Always check to see if there's a Research Guide on your topic.


    Quick Tips

      • Look up your keywords in the indexes to subject encyclopedias.

      • Read articles in these encyclopedias to set the context for your research.

      • Note relevant items in the bibliographies at the end of the encyclopedia articles.

      • Additional background information may be found in your lecture notes, textbooks, and reserve readings.


                Understanding Your Topic - Where to Look

                Reference Sources   person with a book head

                Once you have chosen a topic for your paper, use general reference sources to get background information on your topic. Reference books such as the encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks, and the current issue titles are a good starting point for your research because they help you become better acquainted with your topic.

                See the lists below for some selected reference sources available online and in print. Ask a librarian if you need help finding more resources.

                Online reference resources require login for off-campus use.  Enter your Cerritos College login when prompted.  For more login information see the Database Login page.

                Selected Library Reference Sources - Online

                Here are some of the library's online reference resources which can help you get some background information on your topic.  These resources are available on and off campus.


                Reference Books

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                Encyclopedia of American Immigration - Bankston, Carl L.
                Call Number: Reference Stacks REF JV6465 .E53 2010
                ISBN: 9781587655999

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                Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History - Colin A. Palmer
                Call Number: Reference Stacks REF E185 .E54 2006
                ISBN: 9780028658162

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                Immigration and Multiculturalism: Essential Primary Sources - Lerner, K. Lee
                Call Number: Reference Stacks REF JV6465 .I4737 2006
                ISBN: 9781414403298

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                Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture - Jay Kinsbruner; Erick Detlef Langer
                Call Number: Reference Stacks REF F1406 .E53 2008
                ISBN: 9780684312705

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                Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures - Melvin Ember (Editor); Carol R. Ember (Editor)
                Call Number: Reference Stacks REF HT108.5 .E53 2002
                ISBN: 9780717256983

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                Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life - Timothy L. Gall
                Call Number: Reference Stacks REF GN333 .W67 2009
                ISBN: 9781414448824

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                Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America - Jeffrey Lehman (Editor); Robert Dassanowsky (Editor)
                Call Number: Reference Stacks REF E184.A1 G14 200
                ISBN: 9780787639860

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                Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups - Stephan A. Thernstrom (Editor); Ann Orlov (Editor); Oscar Handlin (Editor)
                Call Number: Reference Stacks REF E184.A1 H35
                ISBN: 9780674375123

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                Immigration and Asylum - Matthew J. Gibney (Editor); Randall Hansen (Editor)
                Call Number: Reference Stacks REF JV6012 .I56 2005
                ISBN: 9781576077962

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                Encyclopedia of Ellis Island - Barry Moreno
                Call Number: Reference Stacks REF JV6484 .M67 2004
                ISBN: 9780313326820

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                People of Color in the United States - Kofi Lomotey (Editor); Paulina X. Ruf; Pamela Braboy Jackson (Editor); Valire Carr Copeland (Editor); Alvaro Huerta (Editor); Norma V. Iglesias-Prieto (Editor); Donathan L. Brown (Editor); Muna Adem (Editor); Felicia Helvey
                ISBN: 9781610698542
                Publication Date: 2016-10-17


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