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Asian American Studies: Books & eBooks

Selected resources for doing background research on Asian American studies, history and finding literary criticism about specific authors.

Library eBook Collections

These Library ebooks can be viewed 100% full-text and free to LaGuardia students & faculty. They can be viewed online by more than one person at a time and some can be downloaded, printed and saved as PDFs.

Subject Headings

When searching the Library Catalog to find books/e-books, try subject Heading searches.

UseLibrary of Congress headings such as:

Asian Americans

Asian Americans--History

Asian Americans in literature

American fiction--Asian American authors--history and criticism

Chinese Americans and film

Call Numbers

Books in the LaGuardia Community College Library are organized according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Each book has an assigned call number, sort of like an address of where it is located on the shelf. For a complete listing of how the books are arranged in our library, please click on the link below.

Interlibrary Loan

Did you know that you can request books from other CUNY Libraries? If you find a "regular loan" book that is available on the shelf at another CUNY library, just click on "Request a copy" and it will be sent here to be picked up.  Items can take up to 1-3 weeks to arrive, so plan ahead!

You can also request copies of articles not available in our library databases (full-text and  free of charge!) from another library somewhere in the United States. Just set up an ILLIAD account here:

WorldCat Search

Search here to see if the books you need are available in local public libraries. Special arrangements can be made with a librarian to use other college libraries too:

Search for an item in libraries near you: >>

Google Books

Google Books is a good place to search within the pages of books. Remember that you can check the Library Catalog to see if we have full-text access via CUNY Libaries.

Google Book Search

Books by Asian American Authors

Find Books - Library Catalog Search

Use this catalog search box to see what books (and ebooks) are available in CUNY Libraries (or search via the CUNY Libaries Catalog directly):

Keyword(s): Search in:Phrase?:

2-minute Tutorial: How to Find a Book

Reference Books

Books: Asian American Activism

Books: Asian Stereotypes

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