Subject Guide with Search Tips for Multicultural Studies
Books and Media | Articles | Internet

Getting Started

These sources provide a good beginning.  Some contain general discussion or an overview.  This kind of background will often suggest topics, jargon, or keywords for further research.

Harvard encyclopedia of American ethnic groups / Stephan Thernstrom, editor ; Ann Orlov, managing editor, Oscar Handlin, consulting editor
E184.A1 H35

Books and Media

Use the Library Catalog http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/library/ to find books, periodicals, and media on your topic.  You can enter keywords of your own choosing, or you can identify the specific subject headings that the library catalog uses to group related materials together. 

Suggested Subject Headings

Selected Call Numbers

Race and ethnicity in America : a concise history / edited by Ronald H. Bayor
E184 .A1 R244 2003,
San Marcos, Circulating

Interracial America : opposing viewpoints / Mary E. Williams, book editor
E184 .A1 I595 2001
San Marcos, Circulating

Shopping for identity : the marketing of ethnicity / Marilyn Halter
E184 .A1 H214 2000
Escondido Center, Circulating

From Black to biracial : transforming racial identity among Americans / Kathleen Odell Korgen
E184 .A1 K733 1999
San Marcos, Circulating

From culture to ethnicity to conflict : an anthropological perspective on international ethnic conflict / Jack David Eller
GN496 .E55 1999
San Marcos, Circulating


Articles are usually identified by using online research databases or printed indexes.  Printed indexes are especially helpful for older material.  Journal, magazine, and newspaper articles can supply the latest information on a topic and often contain details not available elsewhere. NOTE: Passwords required to use off-campus http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/offcampus.htm

·         EBSCOhost http://prozy.palomar.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.asp?profile=web

·         EBSCOhost provides access to several databases including magazine, journal and newspaper articles.  For a guide on how to search EBSCOhost, go to Using EBSCOhost at http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/ebsco.htm


Basic internet Search Strategies - Use a directory, subject portal, or search engine to focus your Internet search.   In addition to those listed below, find more sites on the Palomar Library Subject Links site at http://www.palomar.edu/library/subjects.htm Information on evaluating websites can be found at http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SelfHelp.htm#websearching.

Information on Citation Styles – In order to create a bibliography for your research paper, you will need to follow the rules of a specific style.  For a list of styles and information on how to use them, go to http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SubjectGuides/WritingStyles.htm 

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