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Racial Profiling: Research Racial Profiling

Use this guide to jump start your research on racial profiling

Start Learning About Your Topic

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.

Useful Search Terms

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

  • racial profiling
  • discrimination
  • prejudice
  • civil rights
Use the Databases Below to Begin Learning About Racial Profiling:

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff.

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?

Explore Your Topic Further

When you are ready to explore and answer your research questions, use these databases below.

Use the Web for Research

Search the Web

Use Google Scholar to find academically-appropriate Web sites.

Google Scholar Search

Selected Websites

Selected Library eBooks

Cite Your Sources

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Click on a citation style below to learn how to cite your sources and format your paper using that style.

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