DSEM: Shaping America: History and culture of Asia in the U.S.

Finding Background Information
Reference materials
Consult Drew Library's variety of reference sources, including online dictionaries, encyclopedias and other subject-relevant resources with a sample listed below:

Britannica Online Restricted Resource Some full text available
Online version of Encyclopaedia Britannica, with links to recommended web sites.

Credo Reference Restricted Resource Some full text available
Searchable online reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and quotation books in many subject areas.

Iriye, Akira. "Asia-U.S. Relations." The Reader's Companion to American History, edited by Foner , Eric and John Arthur Garraty, Houghton Mifflin, 2014. Credo Reference, LINK HERE

Chen, Tina. "United States-Asian Relations." Encyclopedia of American Studies, edited by Simon Bronner, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016. Credo Reference, LINK HERE.

Yu, H. (2001). Asian Americans. In M. Cayton & P. Williams (Eds.), Encyclopedia of American cultural and intellectual history. Farmington, MI: Gale. LINK HERE.
Books and journals to browse
Ebooks or print

Browse ebrary for electronic books or search the Library Catalog for both print and electronic titles related to your topic...some samples below:

Use Drew's Scholar Search or other suggested databases to find journal articles related to your topic.
Subject Specialist
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Margery Ashmun
Science Reference Librarian
Tel: 973-408- 3483

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Finding Additional Information
Search Drew Library for additional scholarly sources

Scholar Search Restricted Resource
New Discovery  Service from EBSCO.  Searches for all library resources from a single search box. Limit, expand and customize your search. Think of it as  the Library's version of Google! 

Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Some full text available
Interdisciplinary database of newspapers, magazines and journals, with full-text for a majority of the articles. Also includes a searchable file of images.

Worldcat Restricted Resource
A database of all the books and other items cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Click “borrow this item from another library” to request an item via Interlibrary Loan. See also: worldcat.org
Finding Sources from a Citation
Academic works usually cite their sources, listing the articles, essays or books that the author has used in the development of the argument.  Where you will look for a source depends on the type of source it is:

Not sure what type of source you're looking for?  Here are some clues:

Books or essays in books generally have a place of publication listed, as well as a publisher:

Petersen, Eskild, Lin Hwei Chen, and Patricia Schlagenhauf. Infectious Diseases: A Geographic Guide. 1. Aufl.; 1 ed. Hoboken: Wiley, 2011.

Journal or magazine articles have both a title of the article as well as the title of the journal/magazine.  They generally will have a volume number, and either an issue number or a more specific date than just a year:

Fumagalli, M., and M. Sironi. "Human Genome Variability, Natural Selection and Infectious Diseases." Current opinion in immunology 30 (2014): 9-16.

Citation help and other resources
Electronic citation managment
EndnoteWeb Unrestricted Resource
Free software to help manage your bibliographic needs, inlcuding organizing sources and citations by project,  sharing citations for group work, and for "citing while you write", i.e. inserting citations into papers while writing.
(Beware: No citation software is perfect--check your work!)  Instructions for EndNote Web

Reference Books 
Lipson, Charles. Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. Print .PN171 .F56 L56 2004

Personal librarian
Margery Ashmun is your Personal Librarian - available for help with formatting your citations.  For more information about the Personal Librarian program, check here.

Drew's Center for Academic Excellence Unrestricted Resource
Get help with forming a thesis, structuring an argument, and all things related to writing a paper at the Center for Writing Excellence housed in the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) on the main floor of the Library. The CAE also offers the Math and Science Resource Center, as well as individual peer subject tutoring ... Services are free to all Drew students, faculty, and staff. Make an appointment online at their webpage for one-on-one help. Go to link in title to find out more. (~Drew's website)

Drew University's plagiarism policy
Take time to familiarize yourself with Drew's policy on plagiarism.  CLICK HERE for a link to the "Academic Integrity" section of Drew's Student Handbook which contains a description of the plagiarism policy.
Just ask! Margery Ashmun is your Personal Librarian - available for help in finding resources, selecting reliable sources of information, and formatting your citations.  For more information about the Personal Librarian program, check here.






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