As the CSU Japanese American Digitization project (CSUJAD) progresses, the partners seek to engage students, educators, scholars, and the community in the use of the digital archives. The following guidance provides helpful tips for searching the database, starting in-depth research and understanding the best use of terminology to make search and retrieval more effective.

CSUJAD User’s Guide

Guidance on how best to search the CSUJAD database can be found in the User’s Guide. It includes information about how to carry out both keyword and advanced searches along with a sampling of some of the controlled vocabulary terms that can be used to search for popular subjects.

CSUJAD Research Guide

The Research Guide combines thematic examples of the types of archival materials in the CSUJAD project. Popular search topics and sample images with brief historical background information provide context, show examples of the various types of archival materials, and demonstrate the broad range of the partner collections united here.

Use of Terminology

For the California State University Japanese American Digitization (CSUJAD) Project, archivists, scholars, and technical experts gathered in June 2014 to discuss the controversial topic of terminology as it applies to the Japanese American experience during World War II. A general consensus was reached about the group’s preferred terminology for this project, which is summarized below.

Citation Guidance

The CSUJAD project contains archival items that are usually text-based, images, sound, or moving images. Information about how to cite these formats and examples can be found in the following citation guides.

CSUDH University Library

Citation Styles

Citations for Archival Materials

Purdue University

Primary Sources in Archives and Special Collections – Citing Archival Sources

Citing Digital Archives Materials