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HIST 299

Resources on Japanese-American Internment for Dr. LaFleur's HIST 299


Welcome to the Research Guide for HIST 299! This guide serves as a starting point for your research on Japanese-American Internment and Relocation, including primary sources, general databases, evaluating sources, and citations. Feel free to chat with us anytime, and make an appointment with me if you need help finding, using, or evaluating your sources.


  • Start early and give yourself plenty of time
  • Search in multiple databases
  • Primary sources take more time to find and analyze the further back you go
  • Start broad with your search terms and try multiple searches
  • Narrow by date
  • If you find something that looks good, grab the citation and save it in a way so you can get back to later

Suggested Keywords

Language changes over time. You may need to run multiple searches with multiple combinations of keywords, especially for your primary sources. 

  • interment
  • incarceration
  • relocation
  • evacuation
  • concentration camp
  • War Relocation Authority
  • detainee
  • specific camp names: Manzanar, Topaz, Poston, Minidoka, Tule Lake
  • specific people: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry L. Stinson, Gordon Hirabayashi, Fred Korematsu, Florence Crannell Means

Background, Context, and Encyclopedias