Research Guide: Race in America

Finding Articles

Try using the following suggested keyword searches in the OneSearch box below. Use terms such as race or ethnicity to search for sources about race in general. If you’re interested in a particular group, use a term for that group combined with a more specific topic that interests you. For example: “African Americans” AND education. Check the peer reviewed box if you’re looking for scholarly peer reviewed articles from academic journals.

race AND “United States”
“Civil Rights Movement”
race AND discrimination
race AND equality
race AND education
“African Americans” AND education
race AND education AND achievement
race AND employment
“Black Lives Matter”
“racial profiling”
race AND police
race AND “police brutality”



You can also try searching for these terms in Ethnic NewsWatch, Sociological Collection, and JSTOR (archive with articles more than 3-5 years old).


Background Information

The following books and videos provide background information for beginning research on the Internet and psychology.
Title Availability
Between the World and Me E185.615 .C6335 2015, 4th Floor
Black Like Me E185.61 .G8 2006, 4th Floor
Encyclopedia of Race and Racism E184.A1 E584 2008, 1st Floor Reference
How Race is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts E184 .M5 M587 2013, 4th Floor
I am a Man! Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement E185.61 .E76 2005, 4th Floor
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness HV9950 .A437 2010, 4th Floor
Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond HN90 .S62 H55 2016, 4th Floor
Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the Twentieth Century HQ751 .Y83 2014, 4th Floor
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son E185.615 .W565 2011, 4th Floor

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