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Engineering-LEAP | Dale Larsen: Spring #2 History & Demographics


Yelsey, Ross. "The Chinese Exclusion Act Raised the Price of Becoming an American." Humanities, vol. 36, no. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2015, Accessed 9 Feb. 2017. 

As we are currently aware, politics can play a role in local, national and world arenas -sometimes in a big way.  There are a few ways of tracking down historical information; in the context of legislation, analyzed in history, spoken of in the stories of the stakeholders, and so on.  Here's a few places to visit:

Remember, you're grabbing the names of events, movements, laws, wars, famines, eras and so on from the links to the right: then coming over to use those keywords to search the scholarly...
Historical Abstracts

America: History & Life
JStor (In the Advanced Search you can narrow down to just History)
HathiTrust (ebooks full text search (old old books in some cases))

Bibliography of Asian Studies
ProQuest | Legislative Insight

try searching for specific legislation (see web suggestions to the right)
(along with name/country of origin for your group):

Also see: Timeline Browse: Immigration

The West Coast papers will probably be the best place to start, but be aware of the date ranges when you're looking at specific groups of immigrants or you'll miss big chunks of the historical record.
New York Times (1851-2012)
Los Angeles Times (1881-1992)
San Francisco Chronicle (1869-current)
Utah Digital Newspapers (varies)


Library Catalog (USearch) 
This semester, it will be a very worthwhile exercise to do searches often in the library catalog.  Remember once you find a book title that looks pretty good -look at the table of contents and pick out a chapter before trying to read -a time saving tip! :-)

Social Explorer
Note: we probably won't demo this in class due to the learning curve.  Do take the tour and see what it can do, though, and you may find some visual data to use in your presentation.


policy from the U.S. and other countries

Searching the open web for resources.

Wikipedia (I know, i know -but hear me out...) -don't use this for citations -but DO use it for finding the names and dates of major immigration movements and why they happened.  Then take these tidbits of information back over to the library side of things and use them as keywords.  This will help you find the strong scholarly sources asked for in your assignments.
Chinese emigration
Hmong diaspora  (also Laos)
and so on (mix and match)

The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation Inc.
Immigration Timeline

This is a great resources for the eras of immigration in the U.S. (not just the East Coast).  Again, use this to track down the names of eras/laws/acts and also the reasons for people leaving their country of origin.


Harvard University Library Open Collections Program
Aspiration, Acculturation, and Impact
Immigration to the United States, 1789 - 1930

A great place to visit -but unfortunately not all groups for the assignment are shown here -but a worthwhile stop all the same.

More Notable Timelines:
Library of Congress | Global Timeline - Immigration
KQED Interactive Timeline


Census Atlas of the United States



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