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Japanese American Internment: Getting Started

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

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.

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. 

Subject Guide

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