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Asian American Studies Research Guide

Guide to resources for the study of Asian American Culture and History.

What are Reference Works?

Reference works:


  • Provide an overview of your topic
  • Are often written by scholars or experts in the field
  • Provide key people, places, events, and terms that you can use to refine your searches
  • Often offer suggestions for further reading

To find reference materials for your research topic try a search in discoverE combining keywords.

For example: "asian american" literature companion

General Reference Databases

The Robert W. Woodruff Library subscribes to large reference databases that contain many digital encyclopedias, dictionaries and reference works, many of which contain entries on Asian Americans. Here is a selection:

Biographical Information