SOC 240: People of Mixed Descent

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Two or more races population projected to more than triple in the next 46 years

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:

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.  

The library catalog searches broad descriptions of books and videos. Use the catalog to find primary and secondary sources. 

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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 (e.g., race identity; browse by ethnic group). 

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.)

You can 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 authors", "Racially mixed people -- Literary collections", and "Women, Hawaiian -- Literary collections."

Search by Title or Author

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

Find Books and Videos in other Libraries Using Link+

Click on the Link+ icon in the catalog to search for books and videos in over 40 libraries in California and Nevada. Link+ items arrive in 3-4 days to arrive. They can be checked out for 3 weeks and renewed for an additional 2 weeks through your library record.  

Remember to use Link+ to request titles that we are checked out of our library or that we don't own. Search Link+ by keyword or subject to discover books and videos you may not have know about. 

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 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 or Link+ to find a copy of the book you want. 


multiracial coupleSearch the following databases to find relevant newspaper, magazine, and journal articles. If the full-text of an article is not available, click the USF: Find Full-Text link or check to see if your article is available at the USF libraries. Alternatively, you can search the library's Journal Finder by journal name.

  • SocIndex with Full Text Abstracts and full-text articles in sociology and sub-disciplines, such as anthropology, criminal justice social work, urban studies, among many others. Includes the full-text of the American Sociological Association (ASA) conference papers from 2005 to present. 
  • JSTOR Multi-disciplinary digital archive of back issues (JSTOR generally lacks the latest three years) of hundreds of scholarly journals. Searches the full-text of articles. 
  • America: History and Life Citations and abstracts for publications covering all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture, and current affairs.
  • Historical Abstracts Citations and abstracts for publications covering world history (excluding the U.S. and Canada).
  • Ethnic NewsWatch Includes newspaper, newsletter, and magazine articles of the ethnic, minority, and native press. 
  • Chicano Database Produced by the Ethnic Studies Library at UC Berkeley, serves as an index of material on the Mexican-American, Chicano, and broader Latino experience. 
  • Communication Source Abstracts and full text for journals in communication and media studies. 
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full-text doctoral dissertations and theses.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: New York Times (1851 - 2008) Full page and article images of the New York Times.
  • For literary criticism, search for specific works in Literature Resource Center and the MLA International Bibliography. For video and film reviews, try Fusion
  • Fusion Search across the majority of the library's books and articles. Add more keywords or use the limits in the results screen to reduce the number of your results.
  • Google Scholar Search the scholarly literature in Google. If you're off campus and can't access an article, check the Journal Finder to see if the library has it. 

Finding 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. This service can take anywhere from a few days to two weeks. Be sure to start your research early!

Web Sites

  • Critical Mixed Race Studies A biennial conference, a journal (JCMRS), a field of study, and a scholarly/activist/artistic community. In the process of forming the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association.
  • Mixed Race Studies Non-commercial site created by Steven Riley with over 4,500 posts, including reviews of over 2,400 articles, 800 books, 500 dissertations/papers/reports, and 200 multimedia items.multiracial football player with his mom
  • Mixed Root Stories Promotes public awareness of the stories and storytellers that contribute to Arts, Culture, Education, Media, and Politics of the Mixed experience; Promotes and facilitates the production of arts and cultural programming.
  • Mixed Remixed Festival The nation’s premiere cultural arts festival celebrating stories of the Mixed experience, multiracial and multicultural families and individuals through films, books and performance.  Save the date for the 2015 Mixed Remixed Festival: June 13, 2015!
  • National Association of Mixed Student Organizations (NAMSO) Created to provide a central space for a national clearinghouse of resources, information, advice, events and networking for multi-racial/ethnic/cultural student organizations, student leaders and activists. 
  • MAVIN The Mavin Foundation builds healthier communities by providing educational resources about Mixed Heritage experiences. Some links to articles and organizations via their online Mixed Heritage Center
  • Movies and documentaries/videos on mixed race/interracial marriage/dating/families at the Media Resources Center, Moffitt Library, UC Berkeley. Search the USF library catalog to see if we own the video/movie. If we don't, check Link+. If it's not available through Link+, try your local video store or LeVideo, a video store in the Inner Sunset. You may also request a video through the library's InterLibrary Loan service, but keep in mind, it may take up to two weeks to arrive and there may be a charge to borrow. The Berkeley Media Center allows non-UC individuals access to the Center only under special circumstances. 

Photo credits:  AP Photo/Andy Rogers and Lee Jin-man