Ethnic & Cultural Studies Research Guide

Articles & databases

Find articles on ethnic & cultural studies


Ethnic NewsWatch - newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection - anthropology, archaeology, area studies, economics, education, geography, history, political science, sociology, statistics [also covers humanities]

Latino Literature - fiction, poetry, and plays

PsycINFO - psychology

Sage Journals - social sciences [also covers business, humanities, sciences]

Science Direct (Elsevier) peer-reviewed journals in science and social science

Social Sciences Abstracts - anthropology, area studies, criminal justice, cultural studies, economics, geography, international relations, political science, public policy, social work, sociology

Social Services Abstracts - social work

Sociological Abstracts - sociology

SpringerLink Journals - includes social sciences

Video databases:

Ethnographic Video Online - a comprehensive visual resource for the study of human culture and behavior; includes documentaries and field recordings

Indigenous Cinema - films by indigenous directors, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Others to consider:

America: History & Life - U.S. and Canadian history

Google Scholar - indexes a large proportion of the scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas

Historical Abstracts - world history

See also

Distinguishing scholarly journals from other periodicals

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How to cite print and electronic sources

Books & background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

Use OneSearch to look for books on your topic.

Use the links below for quick lists of books and videos on:

African Americans

Asian Americans

Hispanic Americans

Intercultural communication


Mexican Americans

Minorities in motion pictures


Native Americans/American Indians


Recently received titles on ethnic & cultural studies

Books at other libraries

In the OneSearch box, select "Books & Media (all CSU)" to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

Use WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.

Use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books from other libraries.

Reference books

Encyclopedias about African Americans

Encyclopedias about Asian Americans

Encyclopedias about Latin Americans

Encyclopedias about Native Americans

Encyclopedias about ethnic or race relations

Search ethnic & cultural studies encyclopedias

Websites & online archives

African Americans

Black Press USA news from African-American journalists and Black community publications

First Blacks in the Americas The African Presence in the Dominican Republic, including archival documents from CUNY's Dominican Studies Institute

The King Center the official Martin Luther King Jr. historical site; includes links to the King Papers Project, an extensive bibliography, and photographs

NAACP official site of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization

National Museum of African American History and Culture the newest Smithsonian museum

Obsidian Collection Archives Historical images from African American newspapers

Umbra Search search digitized items related to African American history from various archives, museums, & libraries

American Indians / Native Americans

American Indian and Alaska Native Resources data and links provided by the U.S. Census Bureau

Bureau of Indian Affairs official site of the U.S. bureau responsible for the administration of federal programs for federally recognized tribes

Indian Country Today source for American Indian news; provided by the National Indian Law Library

National Congress of American Indians resources, policy, and news

National Indian Health Board news and information on health issues

National Museum of the American Indian current exhibits from this Smithsonian museum

Tribal Directory contact information and websites for federally recognized tribes from the U.S. Department of the Interior

Asian Americans

Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote national organization promoting civic participation

Council of Korean Americans

Japanese American Citizens League civil rights organization

Pacific Citizen online news for the Asian American community

The Rise of Asian Americans: Pew Research Center's study of Asian Americans

Latinx / Hispanics

HLAS Online: Handbook of Latin American Studies searchable bibliography of citations to scholarly publications about Latin America from the Library of Congress

LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center search or browse extensive collection of links to content about Latin America; provided by the University of Texas at Austin

Latinos in Twentieth Century California: National Register of Historic Places Context Statement published by CA State Parks Office of Historic Preservation, gives an overview of Latino nation building, religious and artistic life, economic contributions, and struggles for equality

LULAC official site of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States

Pew Hispanic Center research studies, statistics, and public opinion polls on the U.S. Hispanic population

See also

Evaluating websites and Internet resources

How to cite print and electronic sources

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