Please ask a reference librarian for assistance at any time. We will be glad to help!
Use reference sources for background information, broad overviews and summaries. Reference books cannot be checked out from the library but may be photocopied.
Use the library catalog to find materials in the library. The catalog will show books and audiovisual materials for both LPC Library and Chabot Library. Search for a book or video by the author, title, subject, or keyword. In power search you may also LIMIT your search in many ways, for instance by type, “DVD" to find only DVD's..
Examples of keywords to use when searching the online catalog:
Useful Browsing Areas by Call Numbers:
F590-596 History of America (The West)
PS153 American Literature (Ethnic Studies)
PS561 American Literature (Western)
The Best of the Real West. DVD F591 .B47 2000
Circle of Women: an Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers by Kim Barnes. PS561.C57 2001
The First West: Writing from the American Frontier 1776-1860. PS561.F57 2002
Literature of the American West: a Cultural Approach by Greg Lyons. PS561.L59 2003
New Immigrant Literature in the United States: a Source Book to Our Multicultural Literary Heritage by Alpana Sharma Knippling. PS153.M56 N475 1996
The West by Ken Burns. DVD F591 .W47 2003
Buffalo Girls by Larry McMurtry. PS3563.A319 B84 1991
By Grit & Grace : Eleven Women Who Shaped the American West. F596.B99 1997
Calamity Jane : the Woman and the Legend by James D. McLaird. F594.C2 M34 2005
Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West by Gaydell M. Collier. PS561.C83 2004
Cowgirls by Candace Sherk Savage. F596.S234 1996
Cowgirls: Women of the Wild West by E. Flood. F596 .F568 2000
Frontiers of Femininity : a New Historical Geography of Nineteenth-Century American West. HQ1410 .M67 2008
The Gold Rush. DVD F865 .G653 2003
Pioneer Women: the Lives of Women on the Frontier by Linda S. Peavy. HQ1438.W4 P43 1996
Wild women of the Old West Ed. Glenda Riley & Richard W. Etulain. F596.W5798 2003
Women of the West by Silvia Anne Sheafer. HQ1412.S52 1996
The Best of the Real West. DVD F591 B47 2000
The American Conservation Movement : John Muir and His Legacy. By S. Fox. QH76 .F69 1985
American Earth: Environmental Writing since Thoreau by B. McKibben. PS169 .E25 A44 2008
John Muir: Protecting and Preserving the Environment by H. Elliot. QH31 .M9 E55 2009
Natural State: A Literary Anthology of California Nature Writing by S. Gilbar. QH105 .C2 N425 1998
Boarding School Blues : Revisiting American Indian Educational Experiences. E97 .B754 2006
Education for Extinction : American Indians and Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928. E97.5 .A35 1997
Kill the Indian, Save the Man : the Genocidal Impact of American Indian Residential Schools by W. Churchill. E97 .C57 2004
The Native American Mascot Controversy : a Handbook by C. King. GV714.5 .N38 2010
Our Spirits Don’t Speak English. DVD E97.5 .O97 2008
Red Power : the American Indians' Fight for Freedom by A. Josephy. E93 .J67 1999
The State of Native America : Genocide, Colonization, and Resistance. E93 .S77 1992
We Shall Remain: America through Native Eyes. DVD E77 .W4 2009
Winds of Change : a Matter of Promises. DVD E77 .W564 1990
African Americans in the West by D. Flamming. E185.925 .F536 2009
African Americans on the Western Frontier by M Billington. E185.925 .A58 1998
Africans and Seminoles from Removal to Emancipation. E99 .S28 L57 2001
Black Indians : an American Story. DVD E98 .R28 B53 2000
Black Seminoles by Kenneth Porter. E99 .S28 P67 1966
Black Valor: Buffalo Soldiers and the Medal of Honor 1870-1898. E185.925 .S43 1997
Buffalo Soldiers by T. Stovall. E185.925 .S76 1997
Buffalo Soldiers: a Narrative of the Black Cavalry in the West. UA31 10TH .L4197 2003
Cowboys (Reflections of a Black Cowboy) by R. H. Miller. F596 .M646 2004
Guts : Legendary Black Rodeo Cowboy Bill Picket : a biography by Cecil Johnson. GV1833.6. P5 J64 1994
After Silence : Civil Rights and the Japanese American Experience. DVD D769.8 .A6 A64 2003
Beyond Barbed Wire : Untold Stories of American Courage. DVD D769.31 100 TH B49 2001
In good conscience : supporting Japanese Americans during the internment by Shizue Seigel. D769.8 .A6 S45 2006
Judgment without trial : Japanese American imprisonment during World War II. D769.8 .A6 K37 2004
Return to the Valley. DVD D769.8 .A6 R48 2003
What did the internment of Japanese Americans mean? By Alice Yang Murray. D769.83A6 W53 2000
Also check out the Japanese American Evacuation and Relocation (1942-1945) Materials Library Guide available on the LPC Library website.
Curanderismo, Mexican American Folk Healing by Robert T. Trotter. GR111 .M49 T76 1997
They All Want Magaic : Curanderas and Folk Healing by Elizabeth Portilla. GN296.5 .U6 P67 2009
Woman Who Glows in the Dark : a Curandera Reveals Traditional Aztec Secrets of Physical and Spiritual Health. GR880 .A925 2000
Fiesta in Aztlan : Anthology of Chicano Poetry. PS591.M49 F5
After Aztlan : Latino Poets of the Nineties. PS591.H58 A69 1992
Hispanics in the American West by Jorge Iber and Arnoldo De León. F596.3 .S75 I24 2006
Databases provide articles from reference materials, magazines and journals. These databases can be accessed in the LPC Library or from home at LPC Library Homepage.
Academic Search Complete - provides full-text coverage on a wide variety of subjects in over 4,600 magazines and journals, including peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
Bloom's Literary Reference - Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in literature.
Literature Resource Center – contains thousands of citations and full-text articles of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.
History Reference Center – contains thousands of citations and full-text articles on history. The database features cover-to-cover full text for more than 650 historical encyclopedias and other non-fiction books. The database also includes full text for more than 50 leading history periodicals.
Public libraries often carry additional materials on your topic not available through the Las Positas or Chabot libraries.
Web sites often contain excellent resources to supplement or enhance research. Be cautious of information found on web sites since the quality of sources varies tremendously. It is always a good idea to check the information against another source. As with all information resources, whether in print or on the Internet, quality is evaluated based on the following criteria:
Accuracy.......................... Is it free from mistakes and errors?
Authority......................... What are the qualifications of the author?
Objectivity....................... Is there any strong bias?
Currency .......................... Is the information up-to-date?
Coverage ......................... To what extent is the topic explored?
Examples of Web Sites:
West, Missions and Folk Medicine
Indian Boarding School and Assimilation
Suggestion: keep printed copies of your sources, or write out all pertinent information on author, title, publisher, date, or Internet address to identify t the information. Follow the format recommended by the instructor or ask a librarian for help. NoodleBib, available from the library website, provides an accurate citation generator for ALA or MLA citations. There is also a link to instructions for MLA or APA citations on the LPC Library Homepage: MLA & APA.
Please ask a reference librarian for help!
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