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Journal of Asian American Studies  Peer-reviewed Johns Hopkins University publication focusing on a wide range of issues concerning Asian American studies, including theoretical developments, research results, methodological innovations, public policy, pedagogy, and media reviews

AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Policy Practice and Community  This publication of UCLA's Asian American Studies Center features peer-reviewed articles on issues devoted to thematic topics

Amerasia Journal  This peer-reviewed publication of UCLA's Asian American Studies Center, the oldest continuously published journal in Asian American Studies, is a key resource for interdisciplinary scholarship in the field, featuring thematic issues, essays, interviews, review articles, book and film reviews, and more

Asian American Law Journal  This peer-reviewed UC-Berkeley publication examines legal, policy, and social issues

Asian American Policy Review  This peer-reviewed, student-run Harvard publication presents analyses of political, cultural, and economic issues

Asian Pacific American Law Journal  This peer-reviewed UCLA Law School publication focuses on legal, social, and political issues affecting Asian Pacific American communities

differences Peer-reviewed publication with focus on how concepts of difference operate within culture

Ethnic & Racial Studies An interdisciplinary international academic forum for the presentation of peer-reviewed research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, international relations, history and social psychology

International Migration Review  A peer-reviewed journal on socioemographic, economic, historical, political and legislative aspects of migration

Journal of American Ethnic History  Peer-reviewed publication of the University of Illinois Press that addresses various aspects of American ethnic history

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography International peer-reviewed journal dedicated to ethnography and qualitative research

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies  Peer-reviewed journal presenting research on all forms of migration and its consequences, together with articles on ethnic conflict, discrimination, racism, nationalism, citizenship and policies of integration

Korean Studies  Interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Hawaii at Manoa concerning Korea and Koreans living abroad 

MELUS Scholarly journal dedicated to multi-ethnic literature in English

First, we need to understand what primary and secondary sources are. 

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format. (Primary Sources at Yale:

To find more information about primary sources, how to find primary sources, go to Primary Source Guide. 

Secondary Sources are materials that digest, analyze, evaluate and interpret inforamtion contained within primary sources or other secondary sources. Examples of secondary sources are:

  • Books, such as biographies (not autobiographies), textbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks

  • Articles, such literature reviews, commentaries, research articles in all subject disciplines

  • Criticism of works in literature, art and music

You want to find a list of secondary source materials relevant to your topic, or if necessary, you need to conduct a literature review to get a list of essential books and articles for your topic.  The purposes of starting your research with secondary sources are:

  • to find background information about your topic
  • to be aware of scholarly research in teh area of your topic
  • to be able to narrow down or broaden your topic

Subject encyclopedias, text book, databases, and CLIO Notes in America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts are all good places to start your secondary sources research.


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