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Criminal and Social Justice

by K. Strittmater

Racial Inequality Subject Guide

This guide highlights library resources for understanding and exploring the subject of racial inequality from a multidisciplinary perspective.  The materials on this guide are available through the Libraries' digital and physical collections or freely available on the open web.

I'm happy to help you with any questions you might have regarding access to library materials and research.

Digital Photo Collection

See more images of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike in the University Libraries' Digital Repository Collection.

Digital Image (c) 2011, University of Memphis Libraries Preservation and Special Collections Department. All rights reserved. Use of this image shall be governed by the University of Memphis Libraries "Duplication Agreement"

Find Articles

Search article databases by keywords to find articles in scholarly journals and other scholarly publications.


Find Books

U of M Libraries organizes materials on the shelf using the Library of Congress Classification

Below are a sample of call number ranges that you can use to browse the shelves in McWherter Library for books on general topics.


E 184.5 - 185.98 African Americans (since Emancipation, biography, genealogy)

GN 269 - 279 Anthropology>>Race (General)

HN 1 - 995 Social history and conditions, social problems, social reform

HQ 1101 - 2030.7 Women, Feminism

HT 1501 - 1595 Races (including race as a social group and race relations in general)

Background and Reference

Some of these DVDs are new acquisitions and are "being processed."  This means you won't find them on the shelf yet.  Send me an email if you need the DVD right away, and I can help get it to you in 1-2 business days.

To find more DVDs, use the advanced search screen in the library catalog.  Enter a keyword and limit "material type" to DVD or to e-video.

The Color of Fear


4 Little Girls

Black Power Mixtape

Off and Running: An American Coming of Age Story

Babyland: Infant Mortality in Memphis

The Neo-African-Americans

Black is - Black ain't: A Personal Journey through Black Identity

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement

Black Girl

Race: The Power of an Illusion

Race: The Floating Signifier

Cultural Identity vs. Acculturation: Implications for Theory, Research, and Practice

A Class Divided (streaming)

Birth Struggle of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (streaming)

Looking for video clips?


Need authoritative statistics?  The sources below provide statistical reports, as well as access to some datasets.

Want to find authoritative statistics but aren't sure which agency would provide them? 

In a google search box, enter a keyword(s) and  This will limit your search results to government information. 

While it is always important to think critically and logically about information, the info you find on government websites is generally credible, authoritative, and cite-worthy. 

Memphis infant mortality statistics

housing segregation statistics

race discrimination employment statistics

federal sentencing race statistics

partner violence race statistics

Writing Help

Free writing assistance is available at the Center for Writing and Communication.  Stop by to get feedback on any writing assignment for any class.  Be sure to bring a research paper, essay, or essay exam *and* the original assignment sheet with you. Schedule an appointment or just come on by (Library Learning Commons).   

The links below provide examples of citation formats for a variety of resources in the major bibliographic styles.

RefWorks is a tool available to students, faculty, and staff at the U of M.  Use it to store a list of references and sources for your papers and projects--it even includes links to articles and full-text content available through the Libraries.  Its "write-n-cite" feature helps you to format both in-text and reference list citations.

Set up a free account, view online tutorials, or come to McWherter for a free instruction session.