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Multicultural Information and Related Resources

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Multicultural - Key Resources

Top-pick Countries and Their Cultures
Online version
Ref GN 307 .C68
"Focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information."
Top-pick Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
Online version
Ref E 184 .A1 .G14 1995
"essays on specific culture groups in the United States, emphasizing religions, holidays, customs, and languages in addition to providing information on historical background and settlement patterns. Also covers ethnoreligious groups such as Jews, Chaldeans, and Amish."

Multicultural - Other Resources

American Immigrant Cultures: Builders of a Nation
Online version
Ref E 184 .A1 .A63448 1997
  • "Name of the group, alternative names, and names of major subgroups
  • Defining features of the group that cause group members and/or outsiders to define the group as unique in American society
  • Patterns of cultural variation within the group, both over time and place
  • Immigration & settlement history, including some basic information about the nations of origin
  • Demographic facts, including population & composition, changes in population, and current distribution in the U.S.
  • Languages spoken on arrival in the U.S. and subsequent changes in language use
  • Cultural characteristics of the group, including but not limited to economic patterns, housing, religion, worldview, marriage & family, kinship, interpersonal relationships, the arts, health & illness, social organization, and political organization
  • Extent of assimilation or cultural persistence, including degree & types of discrimination, relations with other groups, changes over time & place, pan-ethnic ties, and transnational ties
  • Bibliographic citations with an emphasis on articles & books available to the reader"
American Journey Primary Sources
Cuban Heritage Collection (University of Miami)
provides archival collection finding aids and digitized content from those collections, including photographs, letters, manuscripts, maps, and other documents.
Diversity Resources - Teaching Resources
The UCF Libraries is collaborating with the UCF teaching faculty to compile bibliographies of multicultural resources to be used in courses highlighting diversity. The guides listed here attempt to help faculty identify and locate relevant diversity resources within their specific disciplines. UCF librarians will be glad to collaborate with teaching faculty to identify resources that can be used in courses that celebrate diversity in the classroom. To date, resources have been developed for the following programs:
Education Resources
The International Encyclopedia of Education
Reference LB 15 .I569 1994
includes entries for individual countries regarding the system of education
  • General Background
  • Politics & Goals of the Education System
  • The Formal System of Education
  • Administrative & Supervisory Structure & Operation
  • Educational Finance
  • Supplying Personnel for the Education System
  • Curriculum Development & Teaching Methodology
  • The System of Examinations, Promotions, & Certifications
  • Educational Assessment, Evaluation, & Research
  • Major Reforms in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Major Problems for the Year 2000
  • Bibliography
World Education Encyclopedia: A Survey of Educational Systems Worldwide
Reference LB 15 .W87 2002
provides comparative, in-depth essays on the educational systems of 233 countries and/or territories
  • History & Background
  • Constitutional & Legal Foundations
  • Educational System--Overview
  • Preprimary & Primary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Higher Education
  • Administration, Finance, & Educational Research
  • Nonformal Education
  • Teaching Profession
  • Summary
  • Bibliography
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American & Caribbean Cultures
Ref F 1406 .E515 2000
"The entries are listed alphabetically but also, at the start of the book, listed by field and by country--from Literature and the Visual Arts to Music and Cinema. There are also a number of entries which explore cultural concepts and categories--like 'Time' or 'Meat' or 'Exile'--and others that provide brief biographies of significant figures with date and place of birth and death."
Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations: Ethnic & National Groups Around the World
Ref D 860 .M56 2002
"follows the development of over 300 national groups from the earliest periods of their histories to the present.... Each national survey is divided into several parts or headings: the name & alternative names of the group; population statistics, incorporating the total national population & its geographical distribution; the homeland, including location, size, population, capital cities, & major cultural centers; the people & culture; the language & religion; a brief sketch of the national group's history & present situation; the national flag or other pertinent flags, and a map that places the national homeland in a local geographic setting."
Encyclopedia of World Cultures
Ref GN 307 .E53
"about 1,500 summaries along with maps, glossaries, & indexes of alternate names for the cultural groups." Culture Name; Ethnonyms; Orientation (Identification, Location, Demography, Linguistic Affiliation); History & Cultural Relations; Settlements; Economy (Subsistence & Commercial Activities, Industrial Arts, Trade, Division of Labor, Land Tenure); Kinship (Kin Groups & Descent, Kinship Terminology); Marriage & Family (Marriage, Domestic Unit, Inheritance, Socialization); Sociopolitical Organization (Social Organization, Political Organization, Social Control, Conflict); Religion & Expressive Culture (Religious Beliefs, Religious Practitioners, Ceremonies, Arts, Medicine, Death & Afterlife); Bibliography.
Films on Demand
provides streaming videos through the UCF Libraries' subscription, including:
  • Borderless: The Lives of Undocumented Workers
  • Come Celebrate with Me
  • Expressing the Inexpressible: Shirin Neshat
  • Feminist Literary Voices
  • Illegal Immigration: A Dangerous Journey
  • The Muslim Town: Urban Life under the Caliphate
  • Once Upon a Time: Baghdad During the Abbasid Dynasty
  • Race and Sex: What We Think (But Can't Say)
  • Selling Australia: Branding a Country
  • Victim of Two Cultures: Richard Rodriguez
  • Welcome to the Mainland
Handbook of Latin American Studies
Online version (1936+)
General Collection F 1408.29 .H3 (1936+)
"a selective annotated bibliography of scholarly works on Latin America.... Works reviewed include books, journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers in the disciplines of Anthropology (including Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Ethnology), Art, Economics, Geography, Government and Politics, History, International Relations, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Sociology. Starting with Volume 54, the Handbook also includes a section on Electronic Resources for Latin American studies. In addition, some of the earlier volumes included other disciplines such as Cartography, Film, Folklore, Law, and so forth."
Immigration & Multiculturalism: Essential Primary Sources
Online version
Ref JV 6465 .I4737 2006
"contains approximately 175 full and excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context."
Language Resources
    Ethnologue: Languages of the World
    Online version
    Reference P 371 .E83 2005
    "an encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world's 6,912 known living languages"
    directory of bilingual and multilingual dictionaries
    MLA Language Map (Modern Language Association)
    "intended for use by students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The MLA Language Map uses data from the 2000 United States census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and three groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States."
Browse by region (Africa, East Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Slavic & Eastern Europe) or by global topic (global perspectives, global systems, global issues, global & international education, resources for teachers of world languages)
describes a forthcoming exhibit "on Puerto Rican life in Central Florida from the 1940s into the 1980s. We will bring together the photographs and stories of everyday people to sketch a history of the Puerto Rican community in Central Florida."
Research on Place & Space (Dr. Bruce B. Janz, UCF Philosophy Dept)
"These pages pull together work on the concept of place from a wide range of disciplines. The term 'place' does not necessarily have the same implications or meanings in the different disciplines. Furthermore, other terms are sometimes used in place of place, such as home, dwelling, milieu, territory, and of course, space. None of these, though, are necessarily equivalent to the notion of place."
UC Atlas of Global Inequality (University of California, Santa Cruz)
"Time series maps of the world enable the user to see changes in global patterns of inequality every 10 years from 1960 to 2000. With these map sequences you can examine changes in life expectancy, GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per person, and many other measures. An interactive database enables you to produce tables and graphs showing change in selected indicators for chosen countries and periods."
We the People: An Atlas of America's Ethnic Diversity
Atlas E 184 .A1 .A479 1988
provides maps showing ancestry data from the 1980 U.S. Census for more than 3,100 counties in America. Includes descriptions of emigration and settlement patterns of various ethnic groups.
"an ongoing register of scientific research on the subjective enjoyment of life. It brings together findings that are scattered throughout many studies and provides a basis for synthetic work."
"offers documents to support the study of world history from a working-class and non-Eurocentric perspective."
"a global network of social scientists who have surveyed the basic values and beliefs of the publics of more than 80 societies, on all six inhabited continents."
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures & Daily Life
Ref GN 333 .W67 1998
"contains articles exploring the ways of life of over 500 culture groups worldwide...focuses on the traditions, living conditions, & personalities...emphasize how people live today, rather than how they lived in the past." Headings within articles: Introduction, Location & Homeland, Language, Folklore, Religion, Major Holidays, Rites of Passage, Interpersonal Relations, Living Conditions, Family Life, Clothing, Food, Education, Cultural Heritage, Work, Sports, Entertainment & Recreation, Folk Arts, Crafts & Hobbies, Social Problems, Bibliography.
provides an introduction to the topic of globalization and links to related sites

International Students, International Studies, and Study Abroad

Florida Linkage Institutes
"The mission of the Linkage Institutes is to develop and enhance strong economic, educational, research, cultural and social relations with strategic foreign countries. Governed by an agreement each institute serves to promote international ties through:
  • public-private cooperative research & technical assistance
  • bilateral commerce and trade partnerships
  • student and faculty exchange
  • cultural exchange
  • language training
  • equal opportunities to minority students
  • out-of-state tuition exemption

These institutes also operate an Out-of-State Tuition Fee Exemption Program that provides international students attending any of Florida universities or community colleges the opportunity to pay in-state tuition rates."
official information & services from the U.S. government
SUS Factbook (State University System)
Online version (1994/95+)
Florida Documents REG 2. F12/ (1968/69-1997/98)
Provides information about UCF and the other state universities in Florida, including:
  • Table 17: Total Headcount Enrollment by Nation of Citizenship at Time of Admission or Readmission, Final
blog for people who have or are interest in establishing projects or partnerships
"provides high quality English language programs for international students and professionals, offers services that enhance research and instruction in language learning, and coordinates cultural programs that contribute to multicultural awareness and global education."
has engaged in various projects regarding Central Florida folklife.
"the online community where UCF students meet to discuss matters of international and global concern. International Knights is also a place for students to share their experiences abroad, as well as stories and pictures of their studies and trips around the globe."
"provides assistance and information to the international community of students and scholars. Its main functions are to serve as a source of information, advocacy and support, to provide assistance in adjusting to a new academic environment and culture, and to provide immigration and other advising to prospective, new and currently enrolled international students and scholars at the University of Central Florida. "
"Our main mission is to unite all the various cultures present on campus as well as to promote understanding and acceptance of different cultures. We serve as a support system to international students and strive to make them understand and blend into the American culture, while at the same time educate others about the richness of their own cultures. Our goal is to promote togetherness, unity, friendship and diversity."
"The mission of Multicultural Academic and Support Services is to promote and enhance student persistence and success throughout the University by providing academic advising, as well as academic support services and programs to increase the retention of Multicultural and First-Generation College Students."
"creates an environment at UCF that acknowledges, respects, and enhances multiculturalism. Through programming and outreach, the MSC encourages Golden Knights to educate, unite, socialize, and share information affecting our cultures and lives."
"The mission of the Office of Diversity Initiatives is to assist the University of Central Florida in reaching its strategic goal to "Become more Inclusive and Diverse," by facilitating diversity processes, programs, and policies that promote social justice, enhance cultural competencies, and develop capacious leaders. Our students, colleagues, and constituents represent diverse peoples and perspectives across multiple generations."
"helps advance UCF's goal of providing international emphasis to curricula and research. In addition, it works to expand the university's efforts to enlarge Central Florida's awareness and understanding of the interconnectedness of the global community."
"accomplishes its mission by facilitating the development of study abroad programs, assisting with the internationalization of courses and programs, facilitating international exchanges, promoting international partnerships, and assisting with the identification and procurement of external funding for internationalization."
UCF Student Organizations Database (Office of Student Involvement - OSI)
includes information and links for cultural/ethnic/international student organizations at UCF.
provides information about short-term and exchange programs available at UCF.

Living & Working Abroad: Doing Business in Various Countries

Some of the following resources about doing business in other countries include guidance on international business etiquette.

provide information for specific countries about employment trends & opportunities, financial considerations, interviewing advice, job application guidelines, job search resources, and work permits & visas. Countries available include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.
Some Going Global Career Guides are also available in Business Source Premier, including older guides from 2002 for Argentina, Baltic States, Chile, Czech Republic, Hungary, India (2006), Indonesia, Latin America, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand.
portal to federal government information including adoptions from other countries, health issues, customs, passports, education, crime, etc.
BNA Tax Management - select the tab for "International Tax"
(Subscription cancelled due to budget cuts. Paper copies of older editions are available in the Reference Collection - Reference HJ 2381 .T392)
  • Foreign Income Portfolios: Business Operations Abroad for individual countries "contain information enabling foreign businesses and their professional advisors to determine the best methods of conducting business operations in [a specific country] from both the tax and general legal points of view. It analyzes in detail the statutory and procedural framework of [the country's] taxation as applied to corporations and individuals. In addition to a detailed explanation of the [country's] system of income taxation, the Portfolio discusses the legal forms of business enterprises, licensing and franchising in [the country], immigration regulations, labor relations, business financing, currency and exchange control, the value added tax, the tax on presumptive minimum income, the tax on real and personal property, as well as the different tax treatment derived from the tax treaties entered into by [the country]."
  • Foreign Income Portfolios: Taxation of Foreign Persons' U.S. Income include separate portfolios dealing with nonresident alien individuals, foreign corporations, partners & partnerships, foreign investment in U.S. real estate, foreign students & teachers & researchers, etc.
  • Foreign Income Portfolios: Taxation of U.S. Persons' Foreign Income include separate portfolios dealing with U.S. income taxation of citizens & residents abroad, tax aspects of foreign currency, foreign personal holding companies, controlled foreign corporations, foreign sales corporations, etc.
Craighead's International Business, Travel, and Relocation Guide to 90 Countries
REF HF5549.5.E45.D56
provides useful information about the business and cultural environment as well as everyday living conditions including: a general country orientation; an overview of the country's history and current economic and political framework; business customs and protocol for meetings and entertainment; social circumstances for the expatriate business person and families; health matters; banking and money; language; international schools; typical housing and where to live; "settling-in" issues; how to prepare for a transfer; family issues; transportation; etc.
Culture Shock book series
search the UCF library catalog for titles in this series, such as Culture shock! Japan : a Guide to Customs & Etiquette; Succeed in Business : India : the Essential Guide for Business and Investment; Success : Secrets to Maximize Business in Australia; etc. See also books in the UCF library on "cross cultural business".
Do's and Don'ts Around the World: A Country Guide to Cultural and Social Taboos and Etiquette
REF BJ2137.N83...
books series with separate volumes for Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania & Japan, Russia & the Independent States, South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and USA, Canada & Australia.
Do's and Taboos Around the World
REF HF5387.D66 1993
provides information about business etiquette and intercultural communication.
Doing Business in...Guides (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)
provides links to various online resources about doing business in countries around the world. See also print copies of some Doing Business in... Guides in the UCF Library's Reference Collection.
provides scores for individual countries analyzing how values in the workplace are influenced by culture.
  • Power Distance Index (PDI) "that is the extent to which the less powerful members of organizations and institutions (like the family) accept and expect that power is distributed unequally."
  • Individualism (IDV) "on the one side versus its opposite, collectivism, that is the degree to which individuals are inte-grated into groups."
  • Masculinity (MAS) "versus its opposite, femininity, refers to the distribution of roles between the genders"
  • Uncertainty Avoidance Index (UAI) "deals with a society's tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity"
  • Long-Term Orientation (LTO) versus short-term orientation
The Global Etiquette Guide to Europe : Everything You Need to Know for Business & Travel Success
REF BJ1838.F673 2000
part of a book series with separate volumes for Africa & the Middle East, Asia, and Mexico & Latin America. Some similar international etiquette and business travel titles are also available in the UCF Libraries' subscription to NetLibrary.
Global Property Guide - The Investor's Guide to Residential Property Buying Abroad
provides data by region and country, including:
  • Prices, Rents, & Rental Yields
  • Long Term Investment Ratings
  • House Price Time Series
  • Transaction Costs
  • Capital Gains Taxes, Income Taxes
  • Landlord & Tenant Law and Practice
  • Inheritance Law
Ref HB 95 .I48
"measures and ranks 161 countries across 10 specific freedoms":
  • Business Freedom
  • Trade Freedom
  • Fiscal Freedom
  • Freedom from Government
  • Monetary Freedom
  • Investment Freedom
  • Financial Freedom
  • Property Rights
  • Freedom from Corruption
  • Labor Freedom
Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands : How to Do Business in Sixty Countries
REF HF5389.M67 1994
provides information about business etiquette and intercultural communication.
US DOCS SSA 1.24/...
"highlights the principal features of social security programs in more than 170 countries:
  • old-age, survivors, and disability;
  • sickness and maternity;
  • work injury;
  • unemployment; and
  • family allowances.
A set of tables in each volume provides information for each country on the types of social security programs, types of mandatory systems for retirement income, contribution rates, and demographic and other statistics related to social security."
"Portal for Work Abroad, Study Abroad, Cultural Travel and Living Overseas." - see also a similar Web resource - ExpatExchange
Top-pick World Bank Group
  • Doing Business "provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 181 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level." The topics include:
    • starting a business
    • dealing with licenses
    • hiring & firing workers
    • registering property
    • getting credit
    • protecting investors
    • paying taxes
    • trading across borders
    • enforcing contracts
    • closing a business
  • Doing Business Law Library "is the largest free online collection of business laws and regulations"
    • Banking & Credit Laws
    • Bankruptcy & Collateral Laws
    • Civil Codes
    • Civil Procedure Codes
    • Commercial & Company Laws
    • Constitutions
    • Labor Laws
    • Land & Building Laws
    • Privacy Laws
    • Securities Laws
    • Tax Laws
    • Trade Laws
  • Doing Business Gender Project "to identify legal and regulatory barriers facing businesswomen in 181 countries, and to advocate change."
  • Enterprise Surveys "provide the world's most comprehensive data for productivity analysis in emerging markets. Enterprise Surveys Data... are available on almost 85,000 firms in 106 countries. Data cover business perceptions and dozens of indicators on the quality of the business environment." The topics include:
    • Regulations & Tax
    • Permits & Licenses
    • Corruption
    • Crime
    • Informality
    • Gender
    • Finance
    • Infrastructure
    • Innovation & Technology
    • Trade
    • Workforce
  • Private Participation in Infrastructure Database "has data on more than 4,100 projects in 141 low- and middle-income countries. The database is the leading source of PPI trends in the developing world, covering projects in the energy, telecommunications, transport, and water and sewerage sectors."
  • Business Planet "maps flagship online databases of the World Bank Group that support private sector-led growth and financial market development in developing countries."

Periodical Articles

Use the following electronic and print indexes to find articles about specific topics. Once you have found the articles you want, in some instances you will need to check the UCF Library Catalog to determine if we own the periodicals you need.

See also the resources for periodicals on the research guides for

and the lists of databases for

Alternative Press Index
Online version (1991+)
Index AI 3 .A27 (1969+)
"Indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political & social change."
"includes the full-text of 19 journals published by SAGE and participating societies.... It covers such subjects as Journalism, Public Opinion, Political Communication, Mass Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Cultural Studies / Intercultural Communication, Television / Film Studies, Media Studies, Business Communication, Organizational / Management Communication, Written Communication, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies."
"an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press."
  • African American/Caribbean/African
  • Arab/Middle Eastern
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • European/Eastern European
  • Hispanic
  • Jewish
  • Multi-ethnic
  • Native People
"source for authoritative, worldwide information about Central and South America, Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. From analyses of current political, economic, and social issues to unique coverage of Latin American arts and letters, HAPI Online contains complete bibliographic citations to articles, book reviews (through 2001), documents, original literary works, and other materials appearing in more than 500 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world."
provides browsing and searching access to many UCF Libraries' subscriptions, including:

  • Cultural Studies (1987+)
  • Ethnic & Racial Studies (1998+)
  • Ethnopolitics (2001+)
  • Europe-Asia Studies (1949+)
  • Global Society: Journal of Interdisciplinary International Relations (2000+)
  • Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (2002+)
  • Immigrants & Minorities (2003+)
  • Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (2000+)
  • International Interactions: Empirical and Theoretical Research in International Relations (2002+)
  • International Journal of Cultural Policy (2002+)
  • International Journal of Human Rights (1997+)
  • International Spectator (2007+)
  • Iranian Studies (1967+)
  • Israel Affairs (1994+)
  • Journal for Cultural Research (2002+)
  • Journal of Baltic Studies (1970+)
  • Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies (2000+)
  • Journal of European Integration (1977+)
  • Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (2006+)
  • Journal of Intercultural Studies (2000+)
  • Latin American & Caribbean Ethnic Studies (2007+)
  • Middle Eastern Studies (1964+)
  • Mobilities (2006+)
  • National Identities (2000+)
  • Nationalism & Ethnic Politics (2003+)
  • Nationalities Papers (1972+)
  • Regional Studies (1997+)
  • Social & Cultural Geography (2000+)
  • Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture (1996+)

Some of the other journals available through the UCF Library regarding cross-cultural, intercultural, multicultural, and transcultural issues include:

    Cross-Cultural Management
    Cross-Cultural Research
    Online version (1999+)
    General Collection H 1 .B452 (1993+)
    Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
    Online version (1995+)
    General Collection RC 455.4 .E8C82 (1995-2004)
    Ethnicity & Health
    Online version (1999+)
    Online version (1996+ with 12-month delay)
    Globalization, Societies, & Education
    International Journal of Intercultural Relations
    Online version (1995+)
    General Collection GN 496 .I15 (1993-2004)
    Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
    Online version (1997+)
    General Collection RC 952. A1 J6 (1987-2003; missing 1993 & 1995)
    Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
    Online version (1970+; missing first issues in 1974 & 1975)
    General Collection BF 728 .J65 (1995-2005)
    Microfilm BF 728 .J65 (1970-1995)
    Journal of Transcultural Nursing
    Online version (1989+)
    General Collection RT86.54.J687 (1997-2005)
    Multicultural Perspectives
    Online version (1999+ minus current 12 months)
    Review of Education, Pedagogy, & Cultural Studies
    Online version (2002+)
    Online version (1997+ minus current 12 months)
    General Collection L 11 .R33 (1999+)
    World Englishes
    Online version (1997+)
    General Collection PE 1128 .A2 W67 (1998-2004)
    Microfilm PE 1128 .A2 W67 (1992-1997)

Looking for something else? Ask for assistance at the UCF Libraries' Research Assistance Desk or contact Ask A Librarian.

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