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ASAM 2102: Asian American History: From 1924 to the Present: Books

Related Books

Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings


  • Use AND to combine terms & narrow your search
    • example: South Asian Americans AND Working class 
  • Use OR to search for related terms & expand your search
    • Chinese OR South Asian Americans
  • Use * to truncate a word & return all possible endings
    • example: Chin* (will return China and Chinese)
  • 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 history topics:

Chinese Americans -- Social conditions -- 20th century Japanese American women AND 20th century
Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity South Asian Americans -- Cultural assimilation

Noncitizens AND Illegal immigration (instead of Illegal immigrants or Undocumented immigrants)
Race discrimination -- United States -- History -- 20th century AND Asian Americans
Asian Americans -- History -- 20th century Vietnam War, 1961-1975 AND Asian Americans


 Library Congress Subject Headings of Bengali Harlem and the lost histories of South Asian America

Book Catalogs

Google Scholars. Searches the full text of books and selected magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database. Most titles are no longer in print or commercially available.

HathiTrust Digital Library includes full-text of materials, many out of copyright (1923 or before), and records of later materials to the Vanderbilt community from the a partnership of major U.S. academic and research libraries.

WorldCatcontains more than 125 million records describing items owned by U.S. libraries and libraries around the world.  

These items include books, manuscripts, musical scores, films, newspapers, etc.

Use  to locate Vanderbilt holdings or request from Interlibrary Loan.

Locating Books and Call Numbers

Most books that deal with Asian American history topics are shelved in the Central Library. The catalog shows the book call number and location.