Migration and Diaspora Studies

Migration and diaspora studies focus on the social, economic, cultural and political implications of the movement and transnational settlement of people. Use this guide to begin your research, and contact Julie Lavigne, the Legal Studies Librarian, for online or telephone consultations.

To find books or journal articles, you have several options:

1. Use the library's main search box

  • type in the keywords of your topic
  • this discovery tool searches most of the library's databases, simultaneously, for all types of material, ie: journal articles, book reviews, books/e-books, newspapers, magazines,videos, reports, etc.
  • each search can return many results (much like Google), so you must use the filters to refine your search results
  • use the Advanced Search and narrow by Subject terms (controlled vocabulary)
  • remember to login first if you are searching from 'off campus'

2.  Search specialized databases

  • these databases are focused on various areas of historical research and contain citations or full text links to journal articles, books, conference proceedings, reports, and dissertations
  • databases for Canadian Studies have significant Canadian content
  • you will find more precise articles with fewer results to browse

Journal articles:

Data and statistics:

‚ÄčNote: If the library does not have what you need, you can order books, journal articles, etc, from other libraries through RACER.



The Library of Parliament produces many high-quality research publications on areas of interest to Members of Parliament, and these are often a good place to start your research. Some recent titles of interest:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada also produces research reports on the impact of immigration on Canada.

United States:


Make sure you check with your professor which citation style they would like you to use when referencing your work in your assignments. The most commonly used citation style in the social sciences is APA. MacOdrum Library has a tip sheet to give you some guidance, or you can consult the APA section of the website for the Online Writing Lab of Purdue University, which is extremely helpful. For information on other citation styles, check out our How-To page on Citing Your Sources.

Avoiding plagiarism:

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, to plagiarize is "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own [or] use (another's production) without crediting the source".

  • 5 tips to avoid plagiarism:
  1. TAKE NOTES: writing down page numbers and references throughout your research is a good way to save time when you need to quote and cite sources.
  2. NEVER copy and paste material unless you cite it properly.
  3. At the end of each paper/report you must CITE ALL SOURCES  you have used, whether you quote them directly or paraphrase the ideas.
  4. LEARN AND USE citation style guides and citation management tools.
  5. When in doubt, ask for help!

A few other texts that you may find useful:

Writing Services offers one-on-one consultations with students to help learn the mechanics of academic writing.

If you are interested in writing for publication, read more about it here and here, and also visit our pages on Open Access Support

Content last reviewed: August 28, 2020