Racial Profiling

Source: Amnesty International USA

This guide is designed to help you research information about Racial Profiling . It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
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Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • Racial profiling
  • Race and crime
  • Police and race


Profiling and Criminal Justice in America: HV9950 .B86 2004

Profiles in Injustice: why racial profiling can not work, HV8141 .H298 2002

The Color of Justice: race enthnicity and crime in America, HV9950. W33 2007

Reference Books

Battle Ground: Criminal Justice, Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2007. Ref. HV411 .B38 2007.
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, New York : Macmillan Reference USA, 2002. Ref. HV6017 .E52 2002.
Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement, Thousand Oaks : SagePublications, 2005. Ref. HV7921. E53 2005.
Race and Crime: an annotated bibliography, Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2000. Ref. Z5703.3.U5 R87 2000.
Racial Profiling, New York : Facts on File, 2004. Ref. 8141 .P26 2004.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about racial profiling.

  • American Jails: the magazine of the American Jail Association
  • Corrections Today
  • Criminal Justice and Behavior
  • Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Criminal Justice Review
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Prison Journal
  • Women & Criminal Justice


Campus Research

This is a good place to start for law information. Over 2,300 full text articles mentioning "racial profiling" from law journals and reviews.

Criminal Justice Collection

Has over 150 criminal Justice and law journals. Over 150 full text articles mentioning "racial profiling".

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 585 full text articles mentioning "racial profiling".

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.

Issues and Controversies

Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today. It has a section called "race and crime". There is good information on "racial profiling".

African American Experience

The African American Experience is the definitive electronic research tool for African American history and culture. Over 185 articles mentioning "racial profiling".

Web sites

There are many good web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites

ACLU: Racial Profiling Reports and news updates on racial profiling.
Amnesty International USA Information and reports about racial profiling.
Racial Profiling Data Collection Rsource Center at Northeastern University Statistics and research covering racial profiling.

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works Cited
Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation style
The Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide
The Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 09/20/08 by Wiliam Hoag:whoag@rcc.mass.edu. Updated on 4/18/14 by Joy Singletary.