Researching Race and Racism

For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Sociology/Anthropology, Labour Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, or Ask a librarian.

Selected encyclopedias and handbooks

Use encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks to obtain definitions and overviews of a topic and also to identify key authors.

Anti-racism, Black, racism, microagressions

Selected guides and online resources:

Under "definitions", see links for Canadian Human Rights Commission

Canadian Heritage. Anti-racism resources, Deepening Understanding, Developing Ideas: A Cross-Country Conversation on Anti-Racism

Statistics Canada. Aboriginal peoplesGender diversity and inclusion statistics, Immigration and ethnocultural diversitySex of person (definitions)

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Challenging Racist British Columbia: 150 years and counting

Canadian Race Relations Foundation: Surveys and research (on racism, including attitudes of Canadians)

American Sociological Association:

Databases for journal articles

How to find journal articles tutorial. 

What is a scholarly (or peer-reviewed) journal?

The databases below will provide articles on information technology and society.  If the full-text of the article is not available, use the "Get@SFU" link to find it or to initiate an inter-library loan request.

Find books in the Library

How to use the Library Catalogue  [guide]

Search by topic, using Basic or Advanced Search.  For known items it is best to use "Browse by title" search.

Try searching by keywords and then limit by "Subject" (left-hand column) and "Resource type" of "books":


Try searches such as

Combine different concepts using AND
Combine same concepts using OR
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase
Use brackets for synonyms
Use asterisk (*) for different endings of words

Note:  For Catalogue Search, when combining concepts, use CAPITAL letters ( "OR", "AND")

Selected books:

Browse subject headings for books

Browse by Subject    (change the default "title" to "subject").  Browse by Subject will only result in books, not book chapters or journal articles.

Government documents and statistics

Statistics Canada 


SUBJECT: Crime and justice

Library guides