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Race & Racism Reading List

Suggestions of books to read on the topic of race and racism in the United States.


This guide highlights some of the print and e-books we have at the Elihu Burritt Library on the topic of race and racism in the United States. We have many more selections in our collection as well as access to collections across the state and beyond. This page provides guidance on how to search the Library's online catalog, CentralSearch, to discover all that is available to you.

Search for Books using CentralSearch


Type in keywords. Use quotation marks to search a phrase. Books may be available in print or online format.

To find reference books, add the word reference to your search. 

To find ebooks, filter your results to Online (under 'Format' in the left hand column of the results page). 

How to Find Books Using CentralSearch

Examples of Keywords to Use

Here is a list of some keywords to use when searching for a topic on race and racism in the United States. 

  • Race
  • Racism
  • Segregation 
  • Discrimination 
  • Diversity
  • Inequality 
  • Civil Rights 

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