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Educational Policy Studies 421: Racial and Ethnic Families

A course guide.

What Is an Encyclopedia?

Encyclopedias attempt to summarize the state of knowledge in a field of inquiry. A good encyclopedia can be a valuable starting point for your research.

Three useful digital collections of encyclopedias are:

In addition, there are dozens of subject-specific encyclopedias on the topics covered in this class. Some that you might find useful are listed below:

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

Black African Americans

A good online source for encyclopedic information is the Oxford African American Studies Center.

For much more on African Americans, see the Guide to African American Reference from the African American Studies Research Center. Listed below are some standard sources you might find useful.

Latinx / Hispanic Americans

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

Native American Indians and Alaskan Natives

White European Americans

Socio-Religious and Regional Ethnic Americans

Race and Ethnicity Worldwide