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SOWK 4118 Historical U.S. Immigration Policy: Finding Books

This research guide is designed to help students find books, articles, and primary source material in support of the immigration policy assignment. Please also check the SOWK 4118 History of Social Welfare and Social Work guide for additional sources.

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Finding Books

To identify appropriate books on your topic, begin with the library catalog to find books in the University Libraries. If you do not find the books you need or if you wish to locate additional resources, then search Prospector. We have also put several books on Reserve for the class, both general overviews and those that are concerned with specific periods. You may want to use some of the following Library of Congress subject headings for your searches:

Citizenship--United States--History--(see subdivisions for 18th, 19th, 20th century, Sources)

Illegal aliens--Government policy

Immigrants--Government policy--United States

Immigrants--United States

United States--Emigration and immigration (with many subheadings, browse the index for more suggestions)

United States--Emigration and immigration--Government policy--History

[country]--Emigration and immigration (e.g. Mexico--Emigration and immigration)

[country or group] Americans (e.g.,Cuban Americans, Arab Americans, Polish Americans)

[country or group]--United States (e.g., Africans--United States, Japanese--United States)

To find primary source material, add the following terms to your topic keywords (e.g., immigrants and interviews) 

  • diaries
  • correspondence
  • interviews
  • manuscripts
  • oratory
  • pamphlets
  • personal narratives
  • sources
  • speeches
  • letters
  • documents
  • autobiography

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