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FYS Understanding Race and Racism, 2019: Start Here

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Credo Reference (for background information)

Credo is an academic alternative to Wikipedia. It includes topic pages with mind maps and specialized entries from several encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources.

How to...

 WorldCat@SU is the library's online catalog. Use it to identify printed and electronic books that we own as well as videos, CD's, DVD's, and more. A search by title in the online catalog yields over many titles on your topics. If you find an item that we don't own that you need for your research, use Get it! and we will get the item from a library that does own it. 

 A few examples of select subject headings relevant to this class are below. Each is a live link directly into the online catalog. Always ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need--it may simply be a matter of using the right vocabulary.

African American prisoners

Crow, Jim

Shepard, Matthew, 1976-1998

Mexican Americans Race identity

Race awareness Indonesia

Obama, Barack Influence

Prison-industrial complex

Another way to find articles is to use a database. 

WorldCat@SU only finds a fraction of the articles available through our databases. Databases allow you to search specifically for articles. Not only do databases find more articles, they provide more precise search tools than WorldCat, yielding better results.

Use WorldCat@SU 

The quickest way to find the article is to type the full title in the single search box on the library homepage. WorldCat@SU will search multiple databases at the same time, presenting you with the article title. 

Find Specific Online Journal title Find the Journal by Title TAB allows you to search for full-text journals, as well as browse for titles by disciplines.  Type the title of the journal in the search box, then look down the results page until you locate the correct title.  For example, Race and Class.  Now you will  see links to databases which contain full-text articles. 
Search database to find the full-text article Once you have located an article via searching a library database, check to see if there is a link to a PDF full-text or HTML page with full-text.  You can also check the WorldCat@SU to see if the journal is available in print.  If the article is not online AND the journal is not available in print, then use GET IT!

Use GET IT! 


If article is not available at Smith Library Center, you have another option to getting it.  Use GET IT, our interlibrary loan service.  You will need to set up an account the first time you use it and log in thereafter.
Recommended DATABASES View alphabetical list of database by titles.  You may also select databases by subject  and by type. 
Academic Search Complete

Scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing mostly full text for journals, magazines and newspapers.

JSTOR (Journal Storage Collection) Multi-disciplinary database containing all full text scholarly articles and books in the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences. See Sociology Resources on JSTOR Guide.   See How to Search JSTOR.
Ethnic Newswatch Full-text databases covering ethnic issues.
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints


Authoritative pro/con articles and essays.

Race Relation Abstracts

 Provides a sole focus on content relating specifically to the relationship between races. Specific areas covered include ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.

SocINDEX with full text Use this sociology research database for sociological perspective. It provides full-text, peer-reviewed sociology journals covering many studies including gender studies, criminal justice, social psychology, racial studies, religion and social work.


The four common systems of documentation are:  MLA, used in English and the humanities; APA, used in psychology and the social sciences; Chicago, used primarily in history; and CBE, used in the sciences.

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