Race & Ethnicity Subject Guide
This guide is designed to help you do research on social, cultural, political, economic, and historical topics within the area of Race and Ethnicity. If you'd like learn more about research and online resources, stop by the 2nd floor Reference Desk.
Race & Ethnicity
There are many databases and print indexes to choose from for your research. Depending on your topic and time period you may have to use an array of resources. The study of Race and Ethnicity along with its topics and themes are vast as there is no one source that will give you everything in one. So you will need to be creative. Stop by the Reference Desk for help.
Books along with other resources are searchable through
Do your first search by using the book title, author, or by keyword. Given that you will receive more than book titles (articles and other materials will be included) you may need to limit your search to BOOKS only. See the left-hand menu, under Resource Type and click on Books. If you should need additional help locating materials or instruction on using the OneSearch catalog or other online databases please ask at the 1st floor or email/call/visit me.
The Library Catalog uses the "Library of Congress Subject Headings" to catalog books. These subject headings are slow to change and sometimes removed from contemporary usage; they are, however, extremely useful in locating books and articles. Although these are subject headings using them as KEYWORDS is an excellent research method. Examples of subject headings:
Examples of some Subject Headings:
|Affirmative action programs -- California
African Americans -- Segregation
Civil Rights -- African Americans (or Asian Americans or Mexican Americans, etc)
Criminal Justice -- California
Discrimination in education
Discrimination in employment
|Japanese Americans Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
United States--Emigration and immigration
United States--Ethnic Relations
United States--Race Relations
Ethnic groups, events or geographical locations can also be used..
Some names and organizations can also be used in subject searches.
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