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ENWR 1510: Social Justice, Critical Race Theory & Argumentation

Research guide for students in Eyal Handelsman Katz's Spring 2021 ENWR 1510 class.

Library Research

This guide was created to help you prepare for your annotated bibliography (assignment 2) research project for ENWR 1510 and as a general guide to resources related to social justice. 

In preparation for your research assignment, you should think some about possible questions/topics of interest to start your research - use the Thinking Tool Worksheet on the left to help you brainstorm concepts and research questions related to your topic.  

You will also want to spend some time thinking about how you will conduct your research. 

  • Fine-tune your searches.
    Think broadly when brainstorming search terms. What synonyms or related terms could stand in for your key search terms?
    You can combine search terms using AND (sports AND colorism) and OR (color* OR "skin tone")
    In many databases, the asterisk (*) is a truncation or "wildcard" symbol  that will match all possible endings for a word stem.  For example, sex* will match sexism, sexual, sexuality, sexualize, etc. 
    Most databases have filters or facets that allow you to narrow your results by subject, date range, etc. Limit your searches to help you find the sources you need. 

  • Think about where you might find the type of information you are seeking.
    Will you find the research you need in an e-book? A journal article? A magazine? A newspaper? An interview? Cast a wide net when looking for the types of resources that could help answer your research question or support an argument you are making. For your assignment, remember you've been asked to include at least two different mediums. 

  • Know the difference between academic and non-academic sources, and when it's appropriate to use them.
    Most databases allow you to limit results to academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed sources. Be mindful of your assignment and what you're being asked to provide. Need a refresher? Watch the short video Peer Review in 3 Minutes.

  • When you find a good source, use it to find other good sources. 
    Use the subject terms and keywords associated with an article or essay to find other articles and essays on similar topics.Scholarly books and articles will have works cited, bibliographies, or footnotes you can mine for additional resources. 

Need help? Ask a librarian.  

Finding articles

Multidisciplinary Databases  (good for searching a wide range of topics) 

Academic Search Complete is a large general database of articles from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers on many topics. Updated daily, it can be the best source for resources about very current topics.

CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. The reports are written by experienced journalists. footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students.NOTE: This is a credible source but not a scholarly source. Good for an overview of current and/or controversial topics.

JSTOR includes older issues of scholarly journals in many disciplines from the start to 3-5 years ago.

The Social Science and Humanities Library provides online access to a broad range of journal content across 14 disciplines related to social sciences and humanities, including media and communication studies, library and information science, security and defense studies, business, management and economics, and education. Includes many journals published on behalf of associations, organizations, and societies related to these disciplines.

Example Subject-specific Databases 

7 Education Databases searches 1) ERIC, 2) Academic Search Complete, 3) Education Full Text, 4) Education Index
Retrospective: 1929-1983, 5) Education Research Complete, 6) Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, and 7) SPORTDiscus

Chicano Database, produced by the Ethnic Studies Library at the University of California, Berkeley,  covers a wide range of materials focused on the Mexican-American and Chicano experience, as well as the broader Latino experience of Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and Central American immigrants from 1992 onwards.

Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse includes documents and information about civil rights cases in the United States. Topics include child welfare, school desegregation, election/voting rights, immigration, police profiling, conditions in public housing, jails/prisons, mental health facilities, and more.

Consumer Health Complete includes medical dictionaries and encyclopedias, image and video collections and works on specific health and wellness topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition, generic and brand-name drugs, children's, men's & women's health.

Environment Complete includes journal articles and some books on topics such as agriculture, the ecosystem, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, law, and policy, and urban planning.

Race Relations Abstracts has a singular focus on relationships between and among races. This resource includes abstracting for the top academic journals, books, periodicals, and newspapers in the field.

SocINDEX offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study. These include abortion, criminology and criminal justice, demography, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, marriage and family, political sociology, religion, rural and urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse and other addictions, violence and many others.

Women's Studies International includes journal articles, books, conference proceedings, reports, theses & dissertations, documents and other materials on all aspects of women's studies.


See an A-Z list of all databases

Recommended News Resources

These databases provide access to newspapers and other sources of news from the U.S. and international. 

Newspaper Source Plus provides the full text of major American newspapers and some foreign newspapers plus selected stories from other US regional newspapers. Also includes full-text of transcripts for television and radio network news broadcasts.

NexisUni includes news and business information from sources around the world; book reviews, biographical, and other reference sources; U.S. Code, constitution, and court cases. Includes many newspapers. Most entries are full-text, some updated daily.

Finding books & articles using Virgo

Virgo, the UVA Library’s primary search tool, contains catalog records for books, print journals, DVDs, maps, and digitized materials, as well as links to online articles from our rich array of subscription journals. You can search catalog materials and articles together, or view those results separately, using the facets provided to limit your results by author, format, publication period, and more.  To find online content, use the Filter Results By option and choose Online.

Example subject terms of possible interest: 

Example E-Books of Interest