Use the RIT Libraries Catalog to find encyclopedias and books about African Americans and Crime.
The first area of your research, Black (All, Blue) Lives Matter focuses on finding viewpoint sources such as opinion articles/editorials and pieces of visual rhetoric (cartoons, ads, bumper stickers, t-shirts, etc.You will find this type of information in newspapers, popular periodicals, social media, and websites. Opposing Viewpoints is a good database for viewpoint articles. Reputable newspapers are the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
The second area focuses on finding informative sources regarding the larger historical, political, and cultural contexts on Race, Racism, School-to-Prison Pipeline, Socioeconomic Disparities/Inequity/Inequality. You will find this information in scholarly journals and books.
You can use the keywords (African American* OR black*) AND crim*. The asterisk * will find variations in the word: crime, criminal(s), etc.We also have encyclopedias on crime, the criminal justice system, law enforcement, etc. Use the keywords encyclopedia AND crim*. These encyclopedias often have chapters about African American prisoners. There are also books about African Americans and the criminal justice system. Use the RIT Libraries Catalog below to find these materials.