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Articles in scholarly encyclopedias usually present a good overview of
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relating to that topic. Knowing the issues can help you focus your
research on a particular aspect of a topic.
Bibliographies are great for finding out what has been written/is available on a specific topic.
- Immigration Issues: A Bibliography
- Topical list of books and government documents dealing with American immigration issues.
Getting Started: Basic Reference Works
- Martin, Philip and Midgley, Elizabeth,
"Immigration: Shaping and Reshaping America". Population Bulletin 58(2), June, 2003. [Entire Issue].
- Encyclopedia of American Immigration.
- Carl L. Bankston III. Pasadena, CA., Salem Press, 2010. 3 volumes.
- 553 alphabetically arranged entries on a wide array of topics
relating to immigration in the U.S. Includes entries on 65 individual
ethnic and immigrant groups, as well as entries on the immigration
history of each state in the U.S. Each entry is followed by a selective
annotated bibliography. Rutgers-restricted Access
- Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present
- Matthew J. Gibney and Randall Hansen, editors. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-CLIO, 2005.
Almost 200 signed entries on diasporas, countries (sending &
receiving), issues, themes, laws, and processes. International in scope,
but with a strong emphasis on the U.S. Includes an extensive
compilation of documents relating to immigration and asylum.
- Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups
- Edited by Stephan Thernstrom. Cambridge, Mass., Belnap Press, 1980.
"A guide to the history, culture, and distinctive characteristics of the
more than 100 ethnic groups who live in the United States." Available?
- American Immigrant Cultures: Builders of a Nation
- David Levinson and Melvin Ember. New York, Macmillan Reference USA, 1997. 2 vols.
- Signed articles with bibliographies on 161 "nonindigenous cultural groups" in the U.S. Groups may be defined by nationality, language, culture, physical features or religion. Includes articles on groups that
may not usually be treated as a separate ethnic group. Available?
- Encyclopedia of American Immigration
- James Ciment, Immanuel Ness, editors. Armonk, N.Y., M.E. Sharpe, 2000. 4 vols.
Immigration history; immigration issues (causes, demographics,
acculturation, laws and legislation, politics, economics, etc.); and
immigration documents (laws, treaties, court cases, reports,
etc.).Volumes 3 and 4
contain articles on specific immigrant groups in America. Available?
- Immigration in U.S. History
- Edited by Carl L. Bankston, III and Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo. Pasadena, Calif., Salem Press, 2006. 2 vols.
193 signed entries with selective bibliography on groups, incidents,
issues, people, court cases, laws and treaties relating to U.S.
immigration history. Appendices include an annotated bibliography as well as a timeline of
U.S. immigration history through 2005. Available?
- New Americans: A Guide to Immigration Since 1965
- Edited by Mary C. Waters and Reed Ueda. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard Universtiy Press, 2007.
Account of changes in American demographics since the major changes in
immigation law after 1965, including the new waves of immigrants from
non-European countries. Chapters on immigration law and policy,
refugees, unauthorized migrants, racial and ethnic identity,
assimilation, nationalization, economy, politics, religion, education,
family relations, and immigration from specific countries and areas. Available?
- Illegal Immigration: A Reference Handbook
- Michael C. LeMay. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-CLIO, 2007.
History, issues, laws, legislation, and proposed solutions to
unauthorized immigration. Emphasis on 1965 to the present. Includes
statistical tables, charts, information on key figures, and an extensive
- We the People: An Atlas of America's Ethnic Diversity
- James Paul Allen and Eugene James Turner. New York, Macmillan, 1988.
Data based on the 1980 Census, this atlas maps the geographical patterns of 67 ethnic and racial groups in the US. Available?
- Executive Summary: U.S. Immigration: A Legislative History
- "Highlights the history of U.S. immigration legislation and the
parallel rise and fall in numbers and changing ethnic makeup" up to
2004. From the Population Resource Center.
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