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Immigration Policy: Books

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Books not at Duke

Catalog of libraries in US, Canada and beyond.

Center for Research Libraries (CRL)
A consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, etc.   They can be borrowed on extended loan via Interlibrary Loan.

Search TRLN Search across the catalogs of Duke, UNC, NCSU and NCCU 

Global Books in Print  
Find books published in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Search the Library Catalog

  • Duke Catalog This is a listing of all the materials held at Duke.
  • Search TRLN Search across the catalogs of Duke, UNC, NCSU and NCCU. You can request that materials from other Triangle Universities be sent to you and you will usually have them in one or two days.
  • WorldCat Search catalogs from libraries across the world. You can request materials not held by Duke and they will be delivered within a week or so. This catalog is especially useful if you are not finding what you need in the Duke & TRLN catalogs or want to be more comprehensive in your search.

Note: The best way to search the catalog is to search first for a keyword and then to go through the results looking for one item that meets your needs. Once you have found that item, click on the title and then click on the tab titled "Subjects." This will give a list of official Subject Headings that are linked to all the books on that subject. If you click on the Subject Heading that describes your area of interest, it will lead you to additional relevant resources.

For example:

If you wanted information on migration to Los Angeles you might search the KEYWORDS migration AND Los Angeles

If you then click on an interesting title and look at the subject headings you would see:

Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Emigration and immigration
Immigrants -- California -- Los Angeles

Clicking on these headings will give you resources specific to your topic.

Finding Primary sources in the Library

Go to Advanced Search in the online catalog
Under Subject  enter "sources," "personal narratives" or "diaries"
Under Keywords enter terms related to your topic 
Find Subject Headings related to your topic that include words such as "-diaries" or "-personal narratives"