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Ethnic Identity in the United States

Encyclopedias |Indexes | Statistics | Other Libraries | Internet

The interdisciplinary nature of Ethnic Identity means that relevant materials are dispersed throughout the general collections of Stanford University Libraries. Use Socrates, Stanford's online catalog, to locate books and other materials. Use the library's print or electronic indexes to locate journal articles and published papers.

See also guides on African American Studies, Asian Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, and Native Americans.

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Dictionaries

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Dictionaries, etc. can provide useful descriptions, overviews, and lists of recommended reading on a topic.

The African American Encyclopedia (Green Library Information Center E185 A253 1993) A six volume set on the subject of African American life, contains bibliographies and essays on variety of topics including miscegenation.

Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Green Library Information Center and Stacks F209 .E53 1989) Contains chapters on Black Life (including entries on Appalachian Blacks, Dance, Indians and Blacks, Miscegenation, Race Relations, and Slave Culture) as well as Ethnic Life (Including Caribbeans, Indians, Cajuns and Creoles, Asian groups, Lumbees, Mexicans, and Travelers).

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (Green Library Information Center & Bender E184 .A1 G14 1995) This two volume set contains over 100 signed essays addressing a distinct ethnic, ethno-religious, or Native American group in the United States. Each essay focuses on the group's experiences in the United States, specifically in the areas of acculturation and assimilation, family and community dynamics, language, religion, politics and government and significant contributions.

Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, 1982 (Green Library Information Center & Stacks E184 .A1H35) Contains informative essays on an exhaustive number (106) ethnic groups, as well as essays with themes such as "American Identity and Americanization," Assimilation and Pluralism," "Education," "Folklore," "Family Patterns," "Immigration," Intermarriage," "Language," "Leadership," "Loyalties," Politics," Prejudice," "Religion," and "Survey Research."

Jewish-American History and Culture: an Encyclopedia (Green Library Information Center E184 .J5 J48 1992) Surveys the Jewish experience in the United States. Includes essays about Colonial American Jewry, Holocaust Literature, Jewish organizations, Comics and Comedy, Jews in Hollywood, Black Jews as well as many biographical entries.

Multiculturalism in the United States: A Comparative Guide to Acculturation and Ethnicity (HASRC E184 .A1 .M85 1992) Contains essays that describe the acculturation experience of many groups including African Americans, German Americans, Irish Americans, Scandinavian Americans, Polish Americans, Jewish Americans, Chinese Americans, Italian Americans, and Mexican Americans.

The Multiracial Experience : Racial Borders as the New Frontier (Green Library HASRC & Stacks E184.A1 M89 1996)

Native American Resurgence and Renewal (Green Library HASRC E93 .N286 1994)

New Immigrant Literatures in the United States : A Sourcebook to Our Multicultural Literary Heritage (Green Library Information Center PS153.M56 N475 1996)

Within Our Gates : Ethnicity in American Feature Films, 1911-1960 (Green Library Information Center PN1995.9 .M56 W58 1997)


Indexes (in paper and electronic formats) can help you identify articles in magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals and other resources. Those restricted to the Stanford community are marked with the icon. Choose the after a database name to see it's help. For other indexes see the Databases A-Z and Green Library CD-ROMs lists.

Bibliography of Native North Americans (16th C+) citations of works published from the 16th century to the present.

Chicano Database (1967+) includes some citations for earlier years. A comprehensive bibliographic information resource about the Mexican American experience identifying the Chicano body of literature, including the broad Latino experience of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Central American immigrants.

Index to Black Periodicals (1984+ Green Library Information Center Z1361.N39I55; also 1988+ on Black Studies on Disc ) (Formerly: Index to Periodical Articles by and about Blacks 1950-69; 1971-83). Indexes African-American periodicals of general and scholarly interest.

Index to Jewish Periodicals, (1963+ Green Library Information Center Z6367.I5 and Information Center CD-ROM cluster) indexes 75 English-language journals of general and scholarly interest.

Relevant articles may also be found in the following indexes depending on subject matter:

Alternative Press Index (1991+ available on the Web ; 1969-71; 1974+ shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7164.S66A5) indexes periodicals devoted to social change, including some gay/lesbian periodicals.

Alt-PressWatch provides fulltext of "a collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press."

America: History and Life (1964+) covers U.S. and Canadian history. Includes abstracts

Contemporary Women's Issues (1992+, full-text via the Web) reports, articles, and newsletters on issues affecting women.

ERIC various ways to search for works in education.

Essay and General Literature Index (1985+ available on the Web; 1900+ shelved at Green Library Information Center AI3.E752) an author/subject index to essays published in collections, with particular emphasis on materials in the humanities and social sciences.

Ethnic Newswatch (1960+) full-text database of newspapers, magazines and journals (in English or Spanish) of the ethnic and minority press.

Expanded Academic ASAP general index to over 1500 magazines with some fulltext. (1980+) Click Proceed.

Family & Society Studies Worldwide (1970+) - part of BiblioLine. indexes and abstracts over a thousand journals, books, conference papers, government reports, etc., and includes all the records once published in the comprehensive Inventory of Marriage and Family Literature.

Gender Watch (1982+) fulltext articles, newsletters, reports focused on gender and women's issues.

Humanities Abstracts (1974+ Green Library Information Center AI3.H8) Author/subject index to periodicals in fields such as area studies, folklore, history, language, literature, philosophy, religion & theology.

MLA Bibliography (1963+) literature, languages, and folklore. Paper volumes for 1921-1963 are shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7006.M64.

PAIS International, 1972+ ; 1915+ volumes are shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7163.P9) indexes selected books, government documents, and periodical articles on contemporary public issues and the making of public policy.

PsycArticles Fulltext Search fulltext of articles in journals published by the American Psychological Association.

Psycinfo (1887+) indexes and abstracts books, periodicals and other literature in psychology. Also Available from OVID.

Social Science Module from ProQuest - fulltext of journals in the social sciences.

Social Sciences Index, 1974+ (Green Library Information Center AI3S62) Author/subject index to periodicals in fields such as anthropology, economics, family studies, geography, international relations, law and criminology, political science, policy studies, psychology, social work, sociology, and urban studies.

Sociological Abstracts (1963+) (1952-1973 shelved at Green Library Information Center HM1.S67) Indexes articles concerned spectrum of social behavior (individuals, small groups, large organizations, communities, institutions, and societies). Covers sociology and related disciplines such as anthropology, criminology, law, social psychology, urban studies, race relations, demography, and education.

Women Studies Abstracts (1972+ shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7962/W65; 1984+ also in Women's Studies International on the Web ) indexes feminist and scholarly books and periodicals.

Women's Studies Index (1989+ shelved at Green Library Information Center HQ1180.W68; also on Web as Women's Studies on Disc) indexes a wide range of periodicals.


Census 2000 : San Francisco Bay Area Race & Ethnicity Profiles (Green Library Information Center HA267 .S38 C46 2000)

A Portrait of Race and Ethnicity in California (Green Library Information Center F870 .A1 P67 2001)

Other Stanford Libraries

This page is based on a guide to reference resources in Green Library, but you may well want to use the resources of other libraries on campus, particularly:

Internet Resources

This page was orginally created by Rose Adams.

ShinJoung Yeo, Coordinator for Reference Services
Cecil H. Green Library, Stanford University Libraries

Last modified: September 17, 2008

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