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Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies


Ethnic Studies at SCC - Library Research

Ethnic Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the histories, experiences, cultures, and issues of racial-ethnic groups in the United States. This guide was designed to help you get started with your research in ethnic studies. Each page contains a list of specialized research tools created for researchers looking for primary and secondary sources.

Build Background

After choosing a topic, you need to find basic background about the subject. Finding this information at the beginning of your research provides a frame for your knowledge and your writing. A background search provides:

  • Broad overview of the subject - the context for your more specific topic
  • Introduction to key issues and concepts
  • Major dates, events, court decisions, players, etc.
  • Keywords and subject-specific vocabulary to use in catalog and database searches
  • Names of people who are authorities on the topic
  • Bibliographies that lead to additional resources

Start Your Research - Library Databases