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Anti-Racism Guide: Resources for Education and Action

Library Research Guides

Many libraries, research and academic organizations use "Libguides" to create topical and subject specific research guides for their communities. This libguide is one of many created by UC San Diego librarians. You can discover others by searching using a term or search string and "libguide." Some examples of search terms to try include:

  • antiracism 
  • oppression 
  • Black Lives Matter 
  • whiteness or white supremacy 

See some good examples on the next tab.

Resources for Higher Education Classrooms

Information Literacy & EDI for Graduate Medical Education

Check out Clinical Conversations

Recognize prominent themes in the EDI & medicine research space

  • Diversity and inclusion

  • Health disparities

  • Social determinants of health

  • See AJPH special issue on health disparities research – frameworks and methods

Question formulation

Use checklists/frameworks to apply an EDI lens to your topic (or PICO question)

Literature searching

  • Search non-medical databases (since health EDI research is often multidisciplinary)

  • Search grey literature databases (since EDI research may be underfunded or experience publication bias)

  • Recognize other types of publications in the health disparities and equity research space

  • Utilize our data and GIS lab to discover issues related to urban planning (for example) and the correlation between issues such as asthma and geography

Teaching Search Strategies

Avoid “canned searches” and pre-identified search terms

  • PubMed no longer updates its special queries and recommends a “do-it-yourself model

    • Emerging disciplines may not have standardized terms yet

  • But if you’re curious, try:

    • PubMed query for health disparities (archived)

    • Teach with boolean operators and truncations to discover specific issues, ie: [topic] AND (Diversity OR Inequalit* OR Equal* OR Equity OR Disparit* OR Discriminat* OR Inclusiv* OR Exclusiv*) 

  • Learn ways to generate terms for health topics

  • Harvest terms from:

    • related article search results

    • cited reference search results

Teaching for Black Lives book cover with two young black children leaping against sky and grass

Teaching For Black Lives: Black students' minds and bodies are under attack. We're fighting back.

Edited By Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au

Teaching for Black Lives grows directly out of the movement for Black lives. We recognize that anti-Black racism constructs Black people, and Blackness generally, as not counting as human life. Throughout this book, we provide resources and demonstrate how teachers connect curriculum to young people’s lives and root their concerns and daily experiences in what is taught and how classrooms are set up. We also highlight the hope and beauty of student activism and collective action.