Asian American & Diaspora Studies Resources: Finding Books

Resources for Asian American & Diaspora Studies

Books related to Asian Americans

Book Catalogs

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Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings


  • Use AND to combine terms & narrow your search
    • example: Asian Americans AND Pacific Islander Americans
  • Use OR to search for related terms & expand your search
    • Asian American women OR Pacific Islander American women
  • Use * to truncate a word & return all possible endings
    • example: Asian America** (will return Asian American, Asian American, Asian Americans, etc.)
  • Use ALL CAPS for AND and OR

Suggested Library Congress of Subject Headings (LCSH)

Try using some of these LCSH to locate books related to Asian Americans topics:

Asian diaspora
Asian Americans -- Religion 
Asian Americans -- Race identity
Asian Americans
Pacific Islander Americans
Asian American sexual minorities
Pacific Islander American sexual minorities
Pacific Islander American gays
Pacific Islander American lesbians
Asian American women
Noncitizens AND Illegal immigration (instead of Illegal immigrants or Undocumented immigrants)
Pacific Islander American women
South Asian Americans