Terminology: Note that often the terms immigration, immigrants, migration and migrants are used interchangeably. When doing research remember that immigration refers to a movement between nations whereas migration is movement within a nation. For the
Beaman Library uses Library of Congress Classification and Subject Headings to catalog books. These subject headings are slow to change and sometimes removed from contemporary usage; they are, however, extremely useful in locating books and articles. Although these are subject headings using them as KEYWORDS is an excellent research method. Examples of subject headings:
Illegal Aliens -- Education
Emigration and immigration
Alien labor Illegal Aliens
Agricultural laborers -- United States --History
Mexico -- Emigration and immigration
California --Emigration and immigration
Alien labor, Asian -- United States
China -- Emigration and immigration -- History
Immigrants -- United States -- Government Policy
Ethnic groups or geographical locations can be substituted for other groups or locations.
Some names and organizations can also be used in subject searches.
Beaman Library supports the public discussion, scholastic analysis and practical engagement of Collaborative Conversations and the College of Leadership & Public Service by enabling and enriching research at Lipscomb University.
Thanks to Kathryn Blackmer Reyes of San Jose State University for providing the template to this guide.