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Japanese American Internment: Getting Started

A LaGuardia Community College library guide about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during 1941-1946.

Background Research

Keywords/themes to explore: history, Japanese Americans AND internment, incarceration, detention, Executive Order 9066, relocation, resettlement, redress, reparations, evacuation, relocation, 

Reference Books

Online Archives and Reference Sources

Online resources are an excellent complement to print sources for information on a topic. Digital archives are a great way to search and browse for primary sources such as photos, video, audio, or past or present exhibits.

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):

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Reference: the go-to source to get started: basic information, overviews, brief history, summary, data and more.


  • Often a great place to begin your search
  • Great for getting an overview of your topic
  • Table of contents: what's covered and how it's organized
  • Articles, often written by subject experts
  • Lists of further reading or sources
  • Index to find specific terms or concepts

Identifying Primary Sources

Primary Source - A firsthand account of an historical event or time period. Primary sources include diaries, correspondence, interviews, drawings, newspapers, autobiographies, photographs, government documents, etc.

Keywords/subject words you can use in combination with other search terms to locate primary sources in the catalog:

speeches  correspondence
diaries documents/documentary
interviews letters
manuscripts memoirs
narratives sources


Library of Congress Subject Guides

Asian Americans--Encyclopedias
Asian Americans--History
Japanese Americans--Biography
Japanese Americans--Civil rights
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans
World War, 1939-1945--Reparations

Library of Congress Call Numbers

All books in our libraries are organized according to Call Numbers in the Library of Congress (LC) Classification system

Browse the shelves in these call number areas:


History, General

     World War II (1939-1945)
DS1-937 History of Asia

History, General

      Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii



History of the Americas, United States

     Elements in the population (includes Asian and Pacific Islander)






United States Local History

     Pacific States

    Rocky Mountains


Education of special classes of persons


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