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Immigration Public Policy: Find Books

Finding Books in the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog is the gateway to all information resources located in the Rutgers University Libraries.  Use keywords--Title Keywords or Subject Keywords-- to search for the appropriate materials.  Some examples:

  • Immigration and labor
  • immigration and globalization
  • immigrants and women

Searches using Library of Congress Subject Headings can yield more targeted results. Subject headings can be further narrowed by adding location: (United States or Canada), aspect: (government policy, economic aspects, social aspects), or population: (women, Hispanic-Americans, Asia).  Examples:

  • Emmigration and migration.
  • United States--Emmigration and migration--Economic aspects.
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service. United States.
  • Immigrants--New Jersey
  • Illegal aliens--United States--History
  • Emigration and immigration law--United States

To find other Library of Congress Subject Headings, type in (“Emigration and immigration”) in the search box, select “Subject begins with” from the drop-down menu under the search box. “Emigration and immigration” will be the top choice.  Also look under the “Try these too” in the list on the right. 

Interlibrary Loan and Delivery

In many cases, library materials unavailable from the Rutgers University Library system can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  Use the RUL web site or request assistance from the staff member at the reference desk. There are a variety of ILL/Delivery options, including campus delivery of books held in other RUL libraries and electronic delivery of journal articles held by RUL libraries:

Reference Material on Immigration

Reference books are a good starting point if you are unfamiliar with the subject.  Use them to get background information, definitions of key words, and the names of outstanding scholars and writers in the field.  Reference books often do not circulate, but RUL has a number of digital encyclopedias available to students and faculty.  These are fee-based reference works, so you will need to put in your net id and password if you are not on campus.

The titles below are examples of what is available.  Titles that are available online are noted.  For more titles, see RUL Online Encyclopedias.