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General Information

1) Create a new project in NoodleTools where you can track your citations and take notes. Make sure to share it with the correct project inbox.

2) Brainstorm some keywords to use when you search; i.e. migration, immigration, relocation, contemporary, modern, "Chinese immigration AND 19th century" or "Hungarian Americans". 

3) Search the databases and websites listed below, remember to try different keywords; i.e. "Chinese Americans" and/or "Chinese immigration" Choose a relevant, subject specific database such as African American History (Facts on File/Infobase) or American History (ABC-CLIO)

4) Remember to use the usernames and passwords listed below each database.

Recommended Databases


General Websites & Organizations


For off-campus use, use "tnws" as the password

***There are several Immigration e-books here

Source Types

Primary Sources

A primary source provides direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or work of art. Primary sources include historical and legal documents, eyewitness accounts, results of experiments, statistical data, pieces of creative writing, audio and video recordings, speeches, and art objects. Interviews, surveys, fieldwork, and Internet communications via email, blogs, listservs, and newsgroups are also primary sources.

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources describe, discuss, interpret, comment upon, analyze, evaluate, summarize, and process primary sources. Secondary source materials can be articles in newspapers or popular magazines, book or movie reviews, or articles found in scholarly journals that discuss or evaluate someone else's original research.