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HI 350.2 - Serfs, Slaves and Sojourners: The Minority Experience in America (Dickson) - Spring 2020

Optimizing Your Searching

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) impose a controlled vocabulary as a means to organize information. By using these subject headings strategically in your searching, you will find it easier to locate the most appropriate and relevant sources for your research. 

Search Terms

As you begin thinking about your topic and crafting a research question, write down any key words or phrases that encounter in your preliminary searching. These will prove useful when you start searching in online databases.

Possible keywords you can use to find primary sources include: Sources, Personal Narratives, Diaries, Correspondence, Documentaries, Interview(s), Letters OR Testimony.

Below are some suggested subject headings and search terms for each topic assigned in this class. Note that there will most likely be additional terms to consider as you progress through the research process.

Japanese Internment & the Asian-American Movement

Subject Headings

Use these Library of Congress (LOC) Subject Headings to search for sources in online library catalogs.

Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.

Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Personal narratives.

Search Terms

Use these suggested search terms for searching in online databases. (Hint: there may be more that you discover as you research).

"Japanese Americans"

"World War Two"

relocation

reparations

"civil liberties"

detention

discrimination

The Chicano & other Latinx Freedom Movements

Subject Headings

Use these Library of Congress (LOC) Subject Headings to search for sources in online library catalogs.

Chicano Movement.

Mexican Americans.

Hispanic Americans.

Search Terms

Use these suggested search terms for searching in online databases. (Hint: there may be more that you discover as you research).

Chicano*

"Mexican Americans"

Latino/Latina/Latinx

Xicano/Xicana

identity

"civil rights"

assimilation

Hispanic 

The Civil Rights Movement

Subject Headings

Use these Library of Congress (LOC) Subject Headings to search for sources in online library catalogs.

Civil Rights -- African Americans.

Civil Rights -- United States.

Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.

Search Terms

"racial discrimination"

segregation

"Civil Rights Act"

"civil disobedience"

equality

freedom

"voting rights"

policy

The Black Power Movement

Subject Headings

Use these Library of Congress (LOC) Subject Headings to search for sources in online library catalogs.

Black Power -- United States

Black Nationalism -- United States

Search Terms

Use these suggested search terms for searching in online databases. (Hint: there may be more that you discover as you research).

"Black Power Movement"

activism

"black solidarity"

"equal rights"

politics

"Black Panther Party"

racism

"civil rights"

Native American Freedom Movements

Subject Headings

Use these Library of Congress (LOC) Subject Headings to search for sources in online library catalogs.

Indians of North America -- United States.

Indians of North America – Civil Rights.

Indians, Treatment of -- United States.

Search Terms

Use these suggested search terms for searching in online databases. (Hint: there may be more that you discover as you research).

"Native Americans"

"American Indians"

"native tribes"

reservations

"civil liberties"

nationhood

representation

The United States Post 9/11

Black Lives Matter

Subject Headings

Black lives matter movement.

African Americans -- Civil rights.

Search Terms

“Black Lives Matter”

“racial profiling”

policing

“law enforcement”

protests

activism

Mass Incarceration

Subject Headings

Imprisonment -- United States.

Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States.

Search Terms

“mass incarceration”

imprisonment

convictions

recidivism

“drug laws”

legislation

Criminalization of Immigration

Subject Headings

United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.

Immigration enforcement -- United States.

Search Terms

“war on terror”

“Patriot Act”

“border security”

immigrants

detention

naturalization

Anti-Muslim Hate

Subject Headings

Islam -- Public opinion.

Islamophobia.

Search Terms

Islamophobia

“hate crimes”

“domestic terrorism”

discrimination

religion

stereotypes

Civil Human Rights

Subject Headings

Human Rights.

Search Terms

Citizenship

Life

Freedom

“free will”

Oppression

Education