The following resources as designed to support English 113 students with finding historical and literary articles and books for their Freshmen Composition research assignment on "Farewell to Manzanar."
Getting Organized - An Overview of the Research Process
As you begin your research, consider taking the following steps.
1. Create a research question or statement; an example might be:
- How were the political and social conditions significant to the Japanese experience in the 1973 title "Farewell to Manzanar?
2. Create a list of search terms (also known as keywords) that will help you find information about your question or statement
- internmant camps, political conditions, social conditions, Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, World War II, discrimination, Japanese relocation, analysis, Manzanar, World War II
3. Identify the types of periodicals and other sources you need for the assignment (number of books, articles or websites)
4. Select and search in the appropriate subscription databases
5. Cite your sources in MLA Citation Style
Getting your Research Started
You may or may not know a lot about your American history topic before you begin your research. Often general or specialized encyclopedias, other types of reference books or credible web sites can be used to gather basic information.
Using your list of search terms, search the Oviatt Library Catalog for books
- Keyword vs. Subject search. These two things sound the same but work differently when you are searching, so be sure to try both.
Possible Subject searches in the Library Catalog:
- Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Evacuation and relocation -- United States
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans
- Manzanar War Relocation Center
2. Title or author search if you know exactly what book you need.
3. Write down the location and call number so you will know where to find the book.
- Finding Books in the library - reading a call number
Some possible titles in the Library catalog:
The Encyclopedia of Japanese American History edited by Brian Niiya
I Remember Manzanar by John M. Gorman
Japanese American History: An A-to-Z Reference from 1868 to Present edited by Brian Niiya
The Manzanar War Relocation Center by Richard Brewer Rice
MasterPlots II. Women's Literature Series edited by Frank N. Magill
- Online Encyclopedias
- Internet Search Engines such as Google, Yahoo and Ask Jeeves can also be appropriate tools for starting your research when you aren't familiar with a topic. However, it is important to verify this information with a credible source in the library. Information obtained from such search engines may not be reliable. Anyone can make a web site or add information to something like Wikipedia.
(Guide from The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison) This website may be useful to refer to when you are creating your research question or statement.
Searching for Articles Through Databases at the Oviatt Library
The following databases may be useful to search for historical and literary information on Japanese Internment camps.
Academic Search Elite (EBSCO) - Abstracts to 3,000 journals (over 1,500 peer-reviewed journals), with full text to more than 2,000 of the journals. Dates may vary, most from 1985-present.
America: History & Life (EBSCO) - Indexes 1,700 journals as well as dissertations on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. 1964-present.
Humanities Full Text (Wilson) - Abstracts and full text from 400 periodicals in archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history, and world literature; indexing 1984-, abstracts 1984-, select full text 1994-present.
JSTOR Language & Literature - A comprehensive archive of back issues of core scholarly journals in language and literature. This is a full-text database.
Project Muse - Includes over 300 full text scholarly journals in humanities, arts, and social sciences from 60 scholarly publishers. Dates vary, 1990 to present.
Want additional places to search? More articles covering history topics may be explored through the Oviatt Library's History databases.
The following websites may be useful if trustworthy websites are an accectable source. Check with your professor.
HistoryChannel.com Search Japanese Americans and relocation; also search Japanese internment
National Archives: Teaching with Documents: Documents and Photographs Related to Japanese Relocation during World War II
The National Park Service: Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II and Japanese American Relocation Sites
Citation and Evaluation Guides
- Citing Your Sources
- Son of Citation Machine: An online tool that can get you started. Remember to double-check the citation at the Oviatt Library Citing Your Sources guide which is linked above.
- Evaluating Print and Internet Resources