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This research guide will assist students in HSTA 200: Historian as Detective (U.S. Immigration), Rachael De La Cruz. The information in this guide aides researchers as they dive into the history of immigration in the US.

Database Searching Tips

The MSUB Library subscribes to many databases, which contain thousands of full-text articles. When accessing these databases from off-campus, log-in with your NetID & password. Different databases have different appearances and user interfaces. In general, most off similar search functionality. 

Spend some time brainstorming keywords & search terms to improve your search results. When you find a good article, look at its Reference list or Works Cited page because these can often lead you to other good sources. 

Keyword searching is the default in  most databases.

  • Use important nouns as search words
  • Try using synonyms of your search words to increase results
  • Avoid common words: "a," "an," "the," "to," "of," etc.
  • Use double quotations around search terms to search for an exact phrase. Example: "US Immigration"

Additional Help

Check out these helpful Research Guides provided by the Library! They can help with more general Library assistance from learning advanced searching techniques, to helping you avoid plagiarism. 



Welcome to HSTA 200: Historian as Detective. The resources in this guide will be helpful to students enrolled in this course section focused on U.S. Immigration as taught by Rachael De La Cruz.


Library Help

In Person:  

Visit in-person with helpful library staff at the Ask Here Desk during library hours.

By Email:

For email assistance, contact the History Librarian or the Ask Here Desk at

By Phone:

For research questions, call the Ask Here Desk during library hours at (406) 657-1662 or contact the History Librarian directly. If you have questions about your library account, contact the Circulation Desk at (406) 657-1687.  To borrow a library item from another library, contact Interlibrary Loan at (406) 657-1666.

By Appointment:

Contact the History Librarian for one-on-one research assistance.

Course Texts

Land Acknowledgement

A Note From Your Professor: 

I respectfully recognize that our class meets on the ancestral homelands of Niitsítpiis-stahkoii (Blackfeet) Apsaalooké (Crow) and Cheyenne Nations. To learn more about the history and ongoing work of these communities, please read through these resources:

Blackfeet Nation: Our Culture

The Apsaalooke: Expressions of Crow People

Northern Cheyenne Tribal Historic Preservation office

You can also read this post to learn more about the importance of Native land acknowledgements and the moral imperative of acknowledging Native territories.