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American Ethnic Groups / Ethnicity

a Guide to Resources


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:

EZ Borrow

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  • Request books unavailable from Temple Libraries
  • Combine title/author keyword searching
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  • Books may be borrowed for 12 weeks with no renewals

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.


Theses/ Dissertations

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.


LC Subject Headings for Ethnic Americans

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.

  • Acadians
  • Afghan Americans
  • African American
  • Albanian Americans
  • Amish 
  • Apaches Indians  
  • Arab Americans
  • Armenian Americans
  • Asian Americans
    • See also East Indian Americans
  • Austrian Americans
  • Bangladeshi Americans
  • Basque Americans
  • Belarusian Americans 
  • Belgian American
  • Blackfoot Indians
    • See Siksika Indians
  • Bosnian Americans 
  • Brazilian Americans 
  • British Americans
  • Cambodian Americans
  • Canadian Americans
  • Cape Verdean Americans 
  • Carpatho-Rusyn Americans
    • See also Ruthenian Americans
  • Cherokee Indians 
  • Chilean Americans
  • Chinese Americans
  • Choctaw Indian
  • Colombian Americans
  • Costa Rican Americans
  • Creek indians
  • Creoles 
  • Croatian Americans
  • Cuban Americans
  • Czech Americans
  • Danish Americans
  • Dominican Americans
  • Dutch Americans
  • Ecuadorian Americans
  • Egyptian Americans 
  • Ethiopian Americans 
  • Filipino Americans
  • Finnish Americans
  • French Americans 
  • German Americans
  • Ghanaians -- United States
  • Greek Americans
  • Guamanian Americans
  • Guatemalan Americans
  • Guyanese Americans
  • Gypsy Americans
    • See Romanies -- United States
  • Haitian Americans
  • Hawaiians
  • Hmong Americans
  • Honduran Americans
  • Hopi Indians
  • Hungarian Americans
  • Icelandic Americans
  • Inuit
  • Iranian Americans
  • Irish Americans
  • Iroquois Confederacy
    • See Six Nations
  • Israelis United States
  • Italian Americans
  • Jamaican Americans
  • Japanese Americans
  • Jews -- United State
  • Korean Americans
  • Laotian Americans
  • Latvian Americans
  • Lebanese Americans
  • Liberian Americans
  • Lithuanian Americans
  • Mexican Americans
  • Mormons
  • Navajo Indians
  • Nez Perce Indians
  • Nigerian Americans
  • Norwegian Americans
  • Ojibawa Indians
  • Oneida Indians
  • Pacific Islander Americans
  • Paiute Indians
  • Pakistani Americans
  • Palestinian Americans
  • Panamanian Americans
  • Polish Americans
  • Portuguese Americans
  • Pueblo Indians
  • Puerto Ricans
  • Romanian Americans
  • Romanies -- United States
  • Russian Americans
  • Salvadoran Americans
  • Samoan Americans
  • Scottish Americans
  • Serbian Americans
  • Sierra Leonean American
  • Sioux Indians
  • Six Nations
  • Slovak Americans
  • Slovenian Americans
  • South African Americans
  • Spanish Americans
  • Swedish Americans
  • Swiss Americans
  • Syrian Americans
  • Taiwanese Americans
  • Thai Americans
  • Tlingit Indian
  • Tongan Americans
  • Turkish Americans
  • Ukrainian Americans
    • See also Ruthenian Americans
  • Vietnamese Americans
  • Welsh Americans
  • Yemeni Americans
  • Yupik Eskimos