Educational Policy Studies 421

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A Guide to Library Resources for Educational Policy Studies 421 (AFRO 421, HDFS 424, and SOC 421)


Statistics | Reference ResourcesArticles | Books & Journals | Citing Sources | Research Assistance





Families, Marriage & Divorce


Diversity in Other Countries

Racial / Ethnic Specific Statistics

Religious and Other Group Specific Statistics


HINT: The US Census Bureau releases many reports about racial ethnic groups. You can find these reports by searching Google. Many of these reports are PDFs and you can limit your search by file type. For example, Hispanic US Census filetype:pdf . Change the racial ethnic group to match your research needs and add other keywords if necessary (e.g. marriage, education, etc.)



Reference resources are sources of solid background info about ethnic groups. All books are located in Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library reference collection unless otherwise noted.


Diversity in Other Countries

Racial / Ethnic Specific Resources

Online Reference Collection

Start by keyword searching larger collections of encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks. It's also possible to browse an specific online reference source by subject. Suggestions of specific reference sources are listed after the collection name.



Scholarly journal articles are one of the primary means of communicating research ideas. They are an important component of academic research and give you some insight into ongoing debates and scholarly conversations about your topic. You can find articles through database searches.

Finding articles is a two-step process:

  • If you know the citation of the articles you want, from bibliographies or suggested readings lists, you can use Journal and Article Locator to determine if we have full-text online or in print.

General Article Databases

Education Databases

Racial / Ethnic Specific Databases

Religious and Other Databases

Searching Article Databases

Experiment with keywords to search article databases.

Consider searching for these concepts together.  For example, “Asian Americans” and “life expectancy” = some great articles and books.


HINT: The starred (*) databases can be searched at the same time. After entering one database, click on Specific Databases in the center of the page; select the additional databases you would like to search. You will save time by not running individual searches in each database.



Library catalogs are used for two purposes. First, if you know exactly what you are looking for, for example you know the exact title or an author's name. This works for book titles and journal titles. Second, you can use library catalogs to discover material that might be helpful to you by doing subject and keyword searching.




Guidelines for citing electronic and print resources are available from the Undergraduate Library's Citation Styles guide and the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library's Style and Writing Guides.

Need help collecting and organizing your citations and producing a list of works cited? Citation management tools can help! The guide “Citation Management Software Overview” helps users choose a citation management tool and provides links to other guides on specific options like Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.



Ask-A-Librarian for Help with Your Research

Use the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library's Ask-A-Librarian service to contact a librarian via Instant Messenger/chat, email, phone, or in person.

Contact a librarian to request an appointment for an in-depth Research Consultation.

Finding Your Way Around

There are over 25 departmental libraries on our campus, and sometimes it may be difficult to determine where to find the resources you need.  For your class, the library that you will be using most is the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL). We are located in SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101) of the Main Library building. Do no hesitate to come in and ask one of our energetic and helpful information desk assistants.

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