Welcome! This site has been created to assist you in exploring library resources for your research for Psychology/Asian American Studies 470. Our library is one of the largest in the world and it can be a bit overwhelming at first. We will try to make things a little easier for you, but don't hesitate to ask questions.
Scholarly journal articles are one of the primary means of communicating research ideas. They are an important component of academic research and give you some insight into ongoing debates and scholarly conversations about your topic. You can find articles through database searches.
Finding articles is a two-step process:
Library catalogs are used for two purposes. First, if you know exactly what you are looking for - an exact title or author - you can use the catalog to locate your material. This works for book titles and journal titles. Second, you can use library catalogs to discover material that might be helpful to you by doing subject and keyword searching.
Location - in which library the item is kept (or libraries, if we have multiple copies)
Call Number - this number is essential for finding the item on the shelf
Status - is it available for you to check out?
To extract data that are specific to one Asian ethnic group, go to the US Census Bureau's home page. You will see on the left side frame a link to American FactFinder. American FactFinder is an interactive tool that allows you to select and extract specific sets of information that are available from the decennial Census (2000 is the most recent), American Community Survey (2006 is the most recent), and other data collected by the Census Bureau.
To find a population estimate of a specific racial/ethnic group, you can select American Community Survey from the link "Data Sets" on the left side frame, mark 2006 American Community Survey (or select Decennial Census, and mark 2000 Census, if you prefer to work with the Census data), then click on "Selected Population Profiles." The page refreshes to an interactive screen with a pull-down menu where you enter your selections. (For example, you can select the default option "Nation" as your geographical area and click the "add" button, then click "Show result" button. The next page is where you make your selection of your "race or ethnic groups" or "ancestry group" on the pull-down menu and clik "Show result" button. The FactFinder will then take a few moments to compute the data that you asked for.)
There are many other useful features in the FactFinder. Leave yourself ample time to become familiar and to experiment with this web-based research tool.
A great tool for writing papers, RefWorks helps you export bibliographic records from databases, change the citation styles as needed, and import the citation directly into a Word document so you can create bibliographies on the fly.
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Contact a librarian to request an appointment for an in-depth Research Consultation.
There are over 25 departmental libraries on our campus, and sometimes it may be difficult to determine where to find the resources you need. For your class, the library that you will be using most is the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL). We are located in SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101) of the Main Library building. Do no hesitate to come in and ask one of our energetic and helpful information desk assistants.