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AMS230: Narratives of Internment: Books

Fall 2015, F. Cheung

Books Outside of the Five Colleges

WorldCat - Use WorldCat to expand your search for books, theses, etc. beyond the Five College area. Watch for items that are owned by only one library; such unique material is often not obtainable via interlibrary loan.

Use SCLinks within WorldCat to access and populate the interlibrary loan forms.

Examples of Subject Searches

  • Concentration camps California
  • Concentration camps United States
  • Japanese Americans [place]
  • Ex: Japanese Americans California San Francisco Bay Area
  • Japanese Americans evacuation and relocation 1942-1945
  • Japanese Americans evacuation and relocation 1942-1945 Personal narratives
  • Loyalty oaths United States
  • World War 1939-1945 Concentration camps California
  • World War 1939-1945 Concentration camps West
  • World War 1939-1945 Concentration camps United States
  • World War 1939-1945 Evacuation of civilians
  • World War 1939-1945 Japanese Americans
  • World War 1939-1945 Participation Japanese American
  • World War 1939-1945 United States
You may also search under the names of assembly centers and individual internment camps:
  • Tanforan Assembly Center (San Bruno, Calif.)
  • Central Utah Relocation Center
  • Manzanar War Relocation Center
Remember to search people and agencies as both authors and subjects:
  • Adams, Ansel
  • United States War Relocation Authority

Interlibrary Loan

Use Interlibrary Loan to request books not owned in the Five Colleges. Please allow at least 2 weeks for delivery (some books may come more quickly, especially from in-state).

Discover: Search for Books, Articles, & More


Discover - Use the new Discovery Service to search across the online catalog and WorldCat for books - as well as for secondary articles - a powerful start to your search.

Five College Library Catalog

Five College Library Catalog

Note that subject searching isn't always straightforward. Try a KEYWORDS ANYWHERE search to find a few relevant titles, for example: japanese american* and draft. Then click on the subject headings on those records to conduct a more comprehensive subject search.

Note that there are usually many different ways to search a concept; never try just one strategy. , for example, Afro-Cherokees:

  • Japanese Americans - Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
  • Japanese Americans - Civil rights - History - 20th century
  • Japanese Americans - Legal status, laws, etc. - History - 20th century
  • Prisoners - Arizona - Tucson
  • World War, 1939-1945 - Draft resisters - United States

Another strategy is to look up one of your reserve readings, then track through on the subjects listed on the record.  For example, look up Why She Left Us.

See window to the left for examples of SUBJECT searches.

Requesting an Item - Use the Request Item button in the library catalog to request delivery of books from the other Five Colleges.

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