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Use dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks to learn quickly about the state of research on your topic. A good encyclopedia article should describe major themes, current research fronts, and controversial areas; it should also provide a brief bibliography of classic, important, or definitive works on your topic. Handbooks generally offer chapters on specific aspects of a topic: together, the handbook's chapters should provide a broad overview of the state of research; individually, chapters may be narrowly focused.
A broad collection of chapters highlighting contemporary research on shifting paradigms, war, colonialization, and US imperialism, globalization, global restructuring, and the question of national belongings, representations within and across nations, and social change and political participation.
Sponsored by the Association for Asian-American Studies. Half traditional encyclopedia covering social, cultural, psychological, economic, and political dimensions of the Asian American experience, half primary-source documents anthology, with video clips to illustrate some topis.
In print, Van Pelt Reference E184.A75 A8287 2010 Covers the arts, culture, community, education, family, gender, marriage, occupation, and work of more than twenty national-origin groups, both historically and in contemporary American society.
Print only. Van Pelt Reference E184.A1 G14 2014. Online: 2nd ed (Gale, 2000) The successor to the Harvard encyclopedia, articles on more than 150 ethnic groups, with sections on history, US settlement, culture and assimilation, family and community life, and more.
Print only. Van Pelt stacks: DS432.5 .E53 2006 One-quarter of this work is a historical overview of Indian migration worldwide and general cultural aspects of the diaspora community. The bulk of the book is devoted to articles on Indians living in more than 50 countries.
Bibliographies are lists of works organized around a topic, while guides to the literature are systematic introductions to the literature of a field.
Literature reviews are a handy way to get quickly into the scholarly literature. A typical literature-review article will provide a narrative that identifies and describes dozens of journal articles and books.
NB. Many of your course readings come from Ann Rev Sociol!
1975-present. Ann Rev Sociol articles are lengthy literature reviews with BIG bibliographies. Useful for both the text summary and the citations for further reading. The Annual Reviews website includes other useful journals covering anthropology, psychology, law and economics, political science.
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