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SOC 240: People of Mixed Descent

Articles and Databases

Search the following databases to find relevant journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. To see our full list of databases, see the Databases A-Z list

Database Search Tips

  • Use Boolean operators connect your search words together to either narrow or broaden your set of results. The two basic boolean operators are: AND and OR.
    • AND narrows your search and tells the database that ALL search terms must be present in the resulting records. 
      Example: racially mixed people AND media
    • OR broadens your search and increases your results, telling the database that ANY of your search terms can be present in the resulting records. 
      Example: racially mixed people OR biracial OR multiracial OR mixed race OR mixed descent 
  • Use database “limit” options as needed. Most databases offer these options to limit your results:
    • to scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals
    • by source type (magazines, newspapers, academic journals)
    • by language (e.g., English)
  • Broaden a search by using a truncation symbol with a search term. Most databases use the (*) symbol. For example, educa* retrieves educate, educates, educated, educating, and education. 
  • Use quotes around search words to force exact phrase searching. Example: "mixed race"

Find Full-Text

If the full-text of an article is not available, click on Full Text Finder to check options for finding the full-text, including requesting the article via Interlibrary Loan. Learn how to use Full Text Finder in this short video tutorial.

Alternatively, you check if USF owns the journal by searching the Journal Finder by journal name. Learn how to use Journal Finder in this short video tutorial

Find Articles Not at USF

If the library doesn't have access to the journal article you want, you can still get it through Interlibrary Loan. Use Illiad to request your items online. You may receive your item in anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. Be sure to start your research early!

NOTE: Due to changes in library operations nationwide, only electronic articles are available for request. Gleeson Library will cover ILL borrowing fees up to $15 per request for all USF students for the duration of San Francisco's shelter in place ordinance, subject to change. Faculty will continue to have up to $35 per request covered by the library, electronic articles only.

This guide was first curated with care by Sherise Kimura, and is currently maintained by Nicky Andrews.

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