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Racial Profiling

Use this guide to jump start your research on racial profiling

Key Search Words

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Use the words below to search for useful information in books including eBooks and articles at the MJC Library.

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  • racial profiling
  • discrimination
  • prejudice
  • civil rights

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Background Reading:

It's important to begin your research learning something about your subject; in fact, you won't be able to create a focused, manageable thesis unless you already know something about your topic.

This step is important so that you will:

  • Begin building your core knowledge about your topic
  • Be able to put your topic in context
  • Create research questions that drive your search for information
  • Create a list of search terms that will help you find relevant information
  • Know if the information you’re finding is relevant and useful

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Create Research Questions to Focus Your Topic

Racial profiling is a complex issue with many causes and consequences. You could concentrate on one set of issues and do in-depth research on that or use several of the questions below to focus on the topic of racial profiling more generally.

  • What is racial profiling?
  • How prevalent is racial profiling?
  • Are there laws to combat racial profiling?
  • Is racial profiling simply a black and white issue?
  • How has the "War on Terror" affected racial profiling?
  • Is racial profiling a legitimate way to combat terrorism?
  • Does the 2010 Arizona immigration law constitute racial profiling?
  • Based on what I have learned from my research what do I think about the issue of racial profiling?

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Why You Use Books:

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Where Do I Find Books?

Search WorldCat using the Key Search Words in this guide, or use words more specific to your topic to discover books, eBooks, videos, and more for your research. Use the search bar below to begin your search:

  


For complete instructions on using WorldCat check out our WorldCat research guide.

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