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Japanese American Internment   Tags: history  

A selection of resources on Japanese American internment during World War II.
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Selected Keywords

Use the following keywords related to Japanese American Internment to help you search for books, articles and other sources.

  • internment
  • relocation
  • incarceration
  • assembly center(s)
  • War Relocation Authority
  • relocation center(s)
  • Manzanar, Topaz, Poston, etc. (names of camps)
  • internment camp
  • citizen isolation camps
  • concentration camp(s)
  • camp residents
  • detainees
  • internees

Background Sources on Japanese American Internment

These books are available in print.  See below for location and a brief description.

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Japanese American internment during World War II : a history and reference guide
Call Number: Tisch Book Stacks: D769.8.A6 N4 2002
Provides a chronology of events in Japanese American History (focusing on internment), historical essays, and a collection of photographs related to the internenment camp experience, brief biographies of persons linked to the internment, primary documents and excerpts, and a bibliography.

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Japanese American history : an A-to-Z reference from 1868 to the present
Call Number: Tisch Reference: E184.J3 J3355 1993
Divided into three sections: a narrative historical overview, a chronology of Japanese American history, and a dictionary of entries related to Japanese American history.

Reference Library of Asian America
Call Number: Tisch Reference: E184.O6 R45 1995
Volume 1, Chapter 8 of this collection discusses the history of Japanese Americans in the United States.


Keyword Searching

Keyword Search Rules for the Library Catalog and Databases

Using AND/OR/NOT (Boolean Search Operators)

Use AND to focus search and combine different aspects of your topic.

Example: Japanese Americans and internment camps



Use OR to expand your search and find synonyms/related terms.

Example: internment or relocation or evacuation


Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search



Additional Search Tips

"Phrase search"  - Use quotation marks" " to search for a particular phrase.

Example: "War Relocation Authority"

Truncation * - Use an asterisk to find variations of a word. Put an asterisk following the root of the word to find all variations of that word, including singular and plural.

Example:  famil* (searches family, families, etc.)

(Grouping/Nesting Keywords) - Use parentheses ( ) as a way to group all your search terms together.

Example: Japanese Americans and (reparations or redress)

See the Basic Search Tips guides for more information, including examples. 

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