University 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.

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 Unrestricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase
Search the library's physical collection (books, movies, music, government publications, etc.) along with online journals and e-books to which the Library subscribes -- all in a single search.

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
Searches academic papers and other scholarly literature. Go to Settings and set SCSU as your "Library link" to get full text available through the library.
Search for Streaming Video
Films on Demand: Ethnic and Women's Studies Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Streaming video on issues related to Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Social Inequality, and general Sociology.
Tip: To focus your results, type "racism" into the search box.

Media Education Foundation Collection (Kanopy) Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Online videos that encourage critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media, with a special focus on representations of gender and race.
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:

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

Cite Your Sources
Citation Styles Old
Choose a citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago/ Turabian...) and follow the guidelines for formatting your paper and references.
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