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Race, Violence and the State

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State Troopers Break Up Marchers, Selma, Alabama (1965) by Unknown Photographer High Museum of Art

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights unanimously urges the Administration and the Department of Justice to advocate that all policing forces used by federal, state, and local governments, in response to the recent protests sparked by the alleged killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, abide by constitutional policing practices that ensure against bias and promote non-discriminatory accountability and enforcement.

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 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.

Many of the subject headings listed below may also work in the listed databases as keyword (significant word) searches. Every database develops its own list of subjects to use. Do a keyword search and compare your results with the subject headings in the records you find. They might provide you with better ways to do your search again.

Mexican Americans Violence against History 19th century |African Americans Violence against |Race discrimination Law and legislation Discrimination in criminal justice administration | Mexicans Violence against Texas History 20th century | Sundown towns | Crime and justice | Racial profiling in law enforcement |  Martin, Trayvon, 1995-2012 Race Political aspects |  Black lives matter movement  | United States Race relations 21st century | Police shootings || Riots Oklahoma Tulsa History 20th century | Police misconduct United States State-sponsored terrorism | Police-community relations United States | “Racial threat” | Criminal statistics United States ! Gays Violence against ! 

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These databases cover the complex and often challenging issues of race, ethnicity, and racism from an interdisciplinary perspective.   You can learn more about databases on the Research Hub

Academic Search Complete Scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing mostly full-text for journals, magazines and newspapers.  A great starting point for research.  Tip #1: View an article's full record to read the abstract, or summary, and quickly decide if it is useful for your research.  Tip #2: Use the subject links from the full record to find additional articles.



Electronic archive of leading journals across many academic disciplines.  The service contains digitized back issues of roughly 2,000 academic journals from about 900 standard publishers in about 50 subject disciplines.  The source provides academic books as well.  Click here for how to use JSTOR.  Race and Perceptions of Police Misconduct. Social Problems51(3), 305–325
Race Relation Abstracts Recent journal articles, books and conference papers from around the world. It assesses more than 300 publications providing you with the latest information and research findings in the area of race relations. Issues covered include discrimination, education, employment, health, politics, law and legislation.
Ethnic Newswatch

Ethnic NewsWatch is a current resource of full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing access to essential, often overlooked perspectives.  The source  provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989. 


SocINDEX with Full Text is a robust sociology research database. It provides full-text, peer-reviewed sociology journals covering many studies.  Subjects include race and ethnicity, social policy,  and social structure.  From ‘Brute’ to ‘Thug:’ The Demonization and Criminalization of Unarmed Black Male Victims in America.  Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, vol. 26, no. 3/4, Apr. 2016, pp. 350–366.

PsycINFO PsycINFO is a database of abstracts of literature in the field of psychology. The psychological impact of police brutality is one of many topics discussed in this academic database.   Racial Discrimination and Psychiatric Symptoms among Blacks. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, vol. 5, no. 4, Nov. 1999, pp. 329–339.
Legal Collection Containing full text for hundreds of the most respected scholarly law journals, Legal Collection is a valuable database of information on current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.  Exploring the Policy Implications of High‐Profile Police Violence.  Criminology & Public Policy, vol. 17, no. 4, Nov. 2018, pp. 859–863.
Google Scholar Google Scholar is a search engine for scholarly information published as articles, books, theses and other information sources.  You will be linked  to your Google Scholar search to Smith Library's databases, which will significantly increase the number of search results that give you free full-text articles.
ArtStor Image Database The Artstor collections’s breadth of content supports study across disciplines,   Images are collected from a variety of resources, such as  museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates.
CREDO Reference Collection Great source for background or reference research .  Very reliable articles with extended references.  For example, racial violence.


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Alternative to Mainstream Media

Subject index to over 300 alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

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