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SOC 240: People of Mixed Descent

Books and Videos

Every book in the library is assigned a unique call number that classifies the book according to subject. Books are shelved in call number order throughout the library. Books in sociology are scattered across many different call number areas, however, the information below provides a general idea of call number areas and their topics in sociology. Books starting with H are located on the 2nd floor, in the North Wing of the library. 

Primary Library of Congress call numbers for sociology:multiracial

E 184 - E 185 American ethnic groups. 
HM Sociology (general and theoretical). Social psychology.
HN Social history. Social problems. Social reform.
HQ The family. Marriage. Women. Feminism. Sexual Life. Divorce. 
HT Communities. Classes. Races. Slavery. Urban Sociology 
HV  Social and public welfare. Substance abuse. Criminology.
HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism.  

Search the library catalog to find books on your topic. The catalog searches broad descriptions of books and videos. 

Search by Subject 

Keep in mind not all books and videos on mixed race are picked up in the above subject headings. It may be necessary to broaden your search to more general subject headings. Subject headings are "official" subject headings approved by the Library of Congress; they are hard to guess on your own.  

Search by Keyword

  • Search by keyword using your own terms and use the limits on the left-hand side of the results screen to focus your search.

Keywords are words you would normally think of to describe your topic. They can appear anywhere in the record (title, author, subject, publisher, etc.)

Use keywords, titles, or authors, to point you to subject headings. For example, a keyword search on hapa leads to you to the book Intersecting Circles: The Voices of Hapa Women in Poetry and Prose edited by Marie Hara and Nora Okja Keller. You'll see possible subject headings to search, that are assigned to this book are American literature -- Women authorsRacially mixed people -- Literary collections, and Women, Hawaiian -- Literary collections.

book catalog record subjects

Search by Title or Author

  • Search by title or author, if you know the title or author of the book you're looking for. 


Photo credit: Matt Kelley, president and CEO of The Mavin Foundation, and Cindy Howe, assistant editor of Mavin Magazine, AP Press/Andy Rogers, March 15, 2001.

Find Books Using Google Books

Google Books includes thousands of digitized books from publishers and partner libraries. Because Google Books searches the full text of books, you can often get good results with more narrow, specific searches and find books you might not have found in the library catalog

For example:

You will not be able to read the entire text of most recently published books in Google Books. Search the USF library catalog to find a copy of the book you want. 

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