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Additional links for Prof. Jones' Students

Check out the U.S. Civil Rights and Race, Gender, & Religious Discrimination library research guides in addition to the resources below.

Excessive force / Rodney King

Try a combination of the following keywords:

  • "use of force"
  • "police brutality"
  • "police misconduct"
  • "Rodney King"
  • "excessive force"
  • "deadly force"
  • "officer involved shooting"
  • "body cameras" OR "body cams"
  • cameras AND "law enforcement"
  • "police related deaths" OR "police homicides"
  • "men of color"
  • "discrimination in law enforcement"


Black Lives Matter - Use the tabs across the top of the box for additional material

See also: Racial Profiling

Suggest keywords:

  • football AND "protest movements"
  • "Black Lives Matter"

Charlottesville, VA

Some keywords:

  • "domestic terrorism"
  • "violent extremism"
  • "Countering Violent Extremism"
  • "civil liberties"
  • "right to assembly" OR "freedom of assembly" OR "right to protest"
  • "hate speech"
  • "hate crimes"
  • Charlottesville AND policing


Racial profiling and the U.S. Constitution

Rosa Parks

African American Police Officers

Mississippi Burning case

Thurgood Marshall / African American Judges

Role of Police and Homeland Security

Opioids & drug abuse

Use a combination of terms to create your search string.

  • "drug abuse"
  • codeine OR methadone OR fentanyl
  • heroin OR opioid* OR oxycodone

Ferguson MO



  • Ferguson AND violence AND cause AND police
  • "Michael Brown" 
  • Erin Gardnes, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and Freddie Gray
  • (police OR "law enforcement") AND "excessive violence"

Prison Overcrowding

Do prisons succeed in rehabilitating prisoners?


  • (recidivism OR rehabilitated OR rehabilitation) AND prison*

Incarceration Rates of Minorities

Suggested keywords or search strings:

  • (incarceration OR imprisonment) AND (minorities OR "African American" OR Hispanic)

Emmett Till


  • "Emmett Till"
  • "civil rights workers"
  • "hate crimes"
  • "racial violence"
  • lynching

Confederate Monuments

Police corruption

Walking beat / Community policing

Police technologies

Gun Control

Potential keywords

  • "gun control"

Serial Killers

Potential keywords

  • "serial killers"
  • "serial murders"

Sexual assault / Rape

Motivation to do the right thing (not texting while driving, etc.)