Use Library Search to find books, journal articles, DVDs and other materials available in the TU library collections.
Use the Subject search in Library Search to locate books about ethnic groups in general, or about specific ethnic groups; for books in general, use ETHNICITY or IMMIGRATION AND EMMIGRATION -- UNITED STATES as a subject search term; for books about specific groups in America, in most cases, use the name of the group followed by the word AMERICANS.
For example, if you wanted to locate books about the Chileans in the United States, a subject search in Library Search using CHILEAN AMERICANS as the search terms, would generate a list of 3 subject headings for CHILEAN AMERICANS. Refer to the box on the left side of this page for a list of Library of Congress subject headings for ethnic American groups.
To locate books not available from TU Libraries, use a union catalog, which is a catalog containing the catalog records of many different library catalogs:
a comprehensive database containing more than 32 million records describing items owned by libraries around the world.
Then use Interlibrary Loan or PALCI E-ZBorrow to borrow the books from other libraries.
Most dissertations owned by Temple University Libraries are those done at Temple. Pre-2008 dissertations are listed in Library Search by author, title, and subject.
Beginning in 2008 Temple dissertations are available online in Temple University Electronic Theses & Dissertations
Most Temple Dissertations done within the last 20 years and earlier are available online through the database Proquest Dissertations & Theses. (Restricted to Temple staff and students)
To locate dissertations from other institutions, as well as Temple, use the database Proquest Dissertations & Theses (Restricted Use - Temple Staff Only).
Non-Temple dissertations may be purchased from ProQuest or borrowed through ILLIad (ILL).
Many universities, including Temple, are making their dissertations freely available for download over the Internet. A list of these universities can be found at OpenDoar, which is a searchable directory of academic open access repositories. To see a list of universities which make their dissertations available online, click here: OPENDOAR. Click the search button to renew the list.
The Library of Congress procedure for creating subject headings for ethnic American groups is to follow the name of the ethnic groups with the word Americans; for example, German Americans, or Panamanian Americans. This is not true in some cases, notably with Native American groups and Jews. Refer to the list below.