The Library at St. Cloud State University

ETHS 405-505: Women of Color in the U.S.

Understand the Scholarly Research Process
Scholarly research process
Find Facts, News, and Background Information


Microaggressions Project
Provides a visual representation of the everyday of microaggressions, or comments that create and enforce uncomfortable, violent and unsafe realities onto peoples’ workplace, home, school, and other environments.

Colorlines
A daily news site published by Race Forward, a national organization that advances racial justice through research, media and practice.

Create your Search Strategy
  • Identify the main concepts of your topic
  • Think of synonyms to describe each concept, where appropriate
  • Combine synonyms with OR and enclose in parentheses
  • Combine the different concepts with AND
  • Use truncation (*) to find multiple endings of words
** Some terms for the "institutional racism" concept: systemic, institution*, discriminat*, racism, oppression
** Some terms for the "empowerment" concept: empower*, resistan*, reform, activis*

Sample searches:

(racis* OR discriminat*) AND institutional AND white privilege

(racis* OR discriminat*) AND institutional AND (native american* or american indian*) AND (women OR female*)

(racis* OR discriminat*) AND (latin* OR hispanic american*) AND politic*

(oppression OR discriminat*) AND african american* AND (economic OR income) AND (women OR female*)
Search for Articles, Books, and More

LibSearch Restricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase
Your first stop for finding scholarly high-quality research. Search the library's physical collection (books, movies, music, government publications, etc.) along with most of the online journals and e-books to which the Library subscribes -- all in a single search. Tip: For scholarly articles, click the check box to limit your results to peer-reviewed journals.

Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit database
Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.

GenderWatch Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit database
Articles on topics like sexuality, religion, societal roles, feminism, masculinity, eating disorders, day care, and the workplace that support LGBT studies, family studies, gender studies, and women's studies with a unique interdisciplinary approach. Click the check box to limit results to "Peer-reviewed" for scholarly articles.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar allows you to search the Web for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and articles available from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. When on campus click on "Available via SCSU FindIt" to locate the item through the Library's subscriptions.   
Library Services

Digital Media Studio
A green screen and video camera, film editing programs on a souped-up Mac, and audio recording and editing equipment are available in MC B42. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 4-8 p.m. and Fridays 4-7 p.m. Contact trhergert@stcloudstate.edu to set up an appointment.

Student Study Rooms
Check out the student study rooms available on the second and third floors of the Library.
Search for Films and Video
The Library has an extensive collection of films and movies that are streaming online or available for check out.

 

Films on Demand: Ethnic and Women's Studies
Streaming video on issues related to Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, Social Inequality, and general Sociology.
Tip: To focus your results, type "racism" into the search box.
Multicultural Resource Center
The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) is an academic center that supports those who are learning, researching or teaching about the experiences of people of color in the United States. Books in the MRC collection are on Miller Center 1st floor, near MC 137.
 

Search for materials in the Multicultural Resource Center

 
Understand Scholarly Sources
Peer Review in 3 Minutes (NCSU)
How do articles get peer reviewed? What role does peer review play in scholarly research and publication? This video from NCSU Libraries explains.

Elements of a Research Article (UTSA)
Tutorial on the parts of a scholarly research article.
Evaluating Information for Academic Quality
Once you have searched for and located information, you must evaluate your results to determine which resources to use for your research assignments. One method for evaluating information is the CRAAP Test (from the Meriam Library at California State University Chico). CRAAP stands for:

Currency:
The timeliness of the information.
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy:
The reliability, truthfulness, objectivity, and correctness of the informational content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.

 
Cite Your Sources
Citation Styles
Choose a citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago/ Turabian...) and follow the guidelines for formatting your paper and references.
Subject Specialist
Picture: Melissa Prescott

Melissa Prescott
Associate Professor, Librarian
MC 204E
(320) 308-4751
mkprescott@stcloudstate.edu


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