Ethnic Narratives and the Rhetoric of American Identity

Spg 2012


Adan Griego

Curator for Latin American, Mexican American
& Iberian Collections


Getting Started

  1. Use Reference Sources to jumpstart your research, to get ideas, search terms, context, and more.
  2. Find Books, Journal Titles and Media in Stanford's Online Catalog, SearchWorks.
  3. Find Articles in Selected Databases.
    Note: Stanford subscribes to over 1000 Databases that index articles and books on various topics. Since there are so many databases we recommend a select subset of databases which will give you access to articles in a wide variety of subject areas.

  4. Find Resources on your Course Theme. Click the link(s) below.

Ethnicity Sources

Selected General Reference for Ethnicity Studies

Suggested Databases for Race and Ethnicity topics:

  • Ethnic American newspapers from the Balch collection, 1799-1971 [electronic resource] : selected from America's historical newspapers
  • Ethnic NewsWatch: provides a full-text collection of more than 2.5 million articles from over 330 titles, from 1959 to current. Ethnicities include: African American/Caribbean/African; Arab/Middle Eastern; Asian/Pacific Islander; European/Eastern European; Hispanic; Jewish; Native People.
  • Hispanic American newspapers, 1808-1980: Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980 represents the single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Latino Literature: more than 100,000 pages of poetry, fiction, and drama written in English and Spanish by hundreds of Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latin authors working in the United States. Among the gems of the collection are nearly 800 items (poems, novels, and plays) that have never been published before. Researchers will also find numerous Chicano folk tales and audio files of selected poems and plays. It currently contains over 106,000 pages of poetry.
  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. papers project at Stanford: Contains secondary documents written about Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as primary documents written during King's life.
  • US Hispanic Newsstand: Full text of major Hispanic newspapers published in the United States and representing diverse regions of the country. Includes Spanish and English language publications focusing on the Hispanic community
  • Additional Race and Ethnicity Databases

Websites of Interest (from the Internet Public Library, a database of librarian-selected legitimate websites)

  • US Census Bureau Race Data
  • Images of Native Americans: digital companion to an exhibit of rare books, photographs, illustrations, and other archival and manuscript materials. Includes materials that reflect European interpretations of Native Americans, scientific and anthropological research, United States military surveys, images of popular culture, literary and political observations, and artistic representations. From the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library.
  • Racial Profiling: from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Racial Profiling Data Collection Resource Center, Northeastern University: In the late 1990s, in response to allegations of racial profiling, jurisdictions around the country began to track information about those who are stopped, searched, ticketed, and/or arrested by police officers. These data collection efforts are an attempt to provide the tangible numbers that will enable police and community leaders to better understand their policing activities. With this understanding, departments will be able to examine and revamp policing strategies based on effectiveness, reconfigure deployment of police resources, or take other measures

American Identity

Reference Books:

Suggested SearchWorks Subject Terms related to American Identity:

Additional Databases and Ejournals for American Identity Topics

  • Policy File working papers and articles from think-tanks, governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • Black Thought and Culture contains 1297 sources with 1100 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Including interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other fugitive material.
  • Early Encounters in North America
  • North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories: providing a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950.
  • JSTOR: Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences.
  • Thomas: From the Library of Congress, provides free access to a wide range of legislative information on the Congress, including the full text of the Congressional Record and bills for the 103rd to the present Congress, a directory of congressional committees and members of Congress, the weekly floor schedule for the House, and a schedule of daily committee hearings. Includes text of How our laws are made by Edward F. Willett Jr