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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Ethnic Studies: Multicultural America

Evaluating Internet Resources

In this section, you will find links to our research guides related to Ethnic Studies.  These internet links have been selected by librarians. When searching the web and finding resources that have not been selected by information professionals, you want to make sure that the information you've found is valid and from a reliable source.

Use our Library guides to help you find reliable sources on the web:

Evaluating Information Sources on the Web

Information Literacy: What is it?

Selected Internet Resources

*This listing is a work in progress*

The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies Legacy Exhibits 

The Balch Institute, which merged with the Historical Society of Philadelphia in 2002, was a leading repository of information regarding immigrant and cultural material. Some of their exhibits are available online serving and offer rich insight and primary materials:

Extended Lives: The African Immigrant Experience in Philadelphia

Italian-American Traditions: Family and Community

The Japanese-American Experience

Preserving Polonia in America: The Polish American Experience 

Rites of Passage in America

Something Old, Something New: Ethnic Weddings in America

Japanese American National Museum 

North America, Migration Policy Institution

North America, and the United States in particular, is the globe's leading destination for migrants. Research presented "focuses on everything from visa policy and border management to immigrant integration, national identity, the demographics of immigrants in the region and their educational and workforce outcomes, and ways to more effectively use migration policy as a lever for national and regional competitiveness."

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Since its founding in 1969, CSRC has played a pivotal role in the development of scholarly research on the Chicano-Latino population in the United States through their library and special collections archive; academic press; collaborative research projects; public and academic programs; and community-based partnerships.

Selected Internet Resources, Primary Source Materials and Digital Images

*This listing is a work in progress*

Chinese in California, 1850-1925

8,000 images and pages of primary source materials including photographs, original art, cartoons, illustrations, letters, excerpts from diaries, business records, legal documents, pamphlets, broadsides, speeches, sheet music, and other printed matter that document the experiences of Chinese immigrants in California, including the nature of inter-ethnic tensions. 

Digital Collections, New York Public Library

Africana and Black History-over 11,000 images from various Africana image collections in the New York Public Library--photographs, posters, journals, etc.

After Columbus: Four-Hundred Years of Native American Portraiture--mostly photo and some portrait images of multiple Native American communities.

Portraits of Immigrants at Ellis Island, New York--Lewis W. Hine's photographs of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island between 1904 and 1909, and 1926.

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive (JADA)

Thousands of primary sources materials documenting Japanese American internment--diaries, letters, photographs, drawings, US War Relocation Authority materials and other documents relating to the day-to-day administration of the camps and personal histories of those who lived in the camps and administrators who worked there.


1,500 digital images (photographs, paintings, posters, etc.) and 4,000 pages of text (books, articles, etc.) from UC Irvine's Southeast Asian Archive covering a variety of topics and ethnic groups. Their focus is post-1975 refugees and immigrants from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam and the communities they have developed in the United States, documenting the exodus of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants from their homelands, their experiences in Asian refugee camps and subsequent resettlement in the United States.

Selected Images of Ellis Island and Immigration, ca. 1880-1920, Library of Congress

South Asian American Digital Archives (SAADA)

SAADA mission is to give voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences. Digital images, repository and their own publication, Tides documenting issues related to the South Asian American experience.