European Migrations

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-335  |  History, as HIST-335

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Faculty: Ellen R. Boucher (Section 01)

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You might start with the following sources to get background information or to contextualize primary sources:

The Encyclopedia of Migration and Minorities in Europe: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present / Klaus J. Bade, editor. LOCATION: AC Frost Reference / JV7590 .E4913 2011

Victorian Britain : an Encyclopedia / Sally Mitchell, editor. LOCATION: AC Frost Reference / DA550 .V53 1988

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World / Peter N. Stearns, editor. LOCATION: AC Frost Reference / D205 .O94 2008

The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals: 1824-1900 / Walter E. Houghton, editor. LOCATION: AC Frost Reference / Z2005 .H6 [Especially useful if you plan to use British Periodicals.]

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Once you have some background information on your object (see the "Reference Tab" for potential sources), try searching the 5 College Catalog for relevant books. You might start by using one of the following sets of subject keywords, and then narrowing down with more specific topics. Books are often cataloged with the century, i.e. "19th century" or "20th century".

  • Emigration and immigration
  • Immigrants
  • Migration, internal
  • Europe [or use the country name(s)]


    Primary Sources

    • British Periodicals
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