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FYS Understanding Race and Racism: Start Here

This guide brings together materials and links to support students and others doing research and finding information.

Selected Books from Smith Library Center

Explore WorldCat

 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 Americans Violence against | Minorities in sports |  Racism in higher education |  Mexicans Violence against Texas History 20th century | Sundown towns |  Sex discrimination in sports |  Racial profiling in law enforcement |  Martin, Trayvon, 1995-2012 | Colorism United States | Race Political aspects | Environmental justice (racism) | Black lives matter movement | Racism in textbooks | United States Race relations 21st century | Police shootings | Race discrimination Law and legislation | Riots Oklahoma Tulsa History 20th century | Eugenics United States History | Race discrimination Psychological aspects | Anti-racism United States | Cricket Political aspects South Africa | Social work with minorities United States

Explore Article Databases -- Find sources for background, history and framing the issues.

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.


Academic Search Complete

Scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing mostly full text for journals, magazines and newspapers.  A great starting point for research.


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 from full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. The database provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints


Authoritative pro/con articles and essays covering current social issues. Includes  reference articles, infographics, news, images, video, audio, and more. 

Race Relations 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.



Search and view the full text of  thousands of  eBooks on different subjects.


Search articles from journals, etc. that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas such as the women's movement, men's studies, the transgender community and the changes in gender roles.

Reader's Guide Retrospective, 1890-1982.  A digital archive of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature, the ultimate index of subjects in the popular press. 


Note:  Always review the reference cited by the authors in the footnotes, endnotes, or a bibliography to locate related research on your topic.

Explore News Sources

Explore Websites | Podcasts Sources