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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links   

Affirmative Action [Stanford Dictionary of Philosophy]
Comprehensive article on affirmative action including history and recent developments.  Includes extensive bibliography, and links for other Web resources.

Affirmative Action : Who Benefits?
Issued by the American Psychological Association's Office of Public Policy, this treatise on affirmative action contains definitions, frequently asked questions, and a bibliography as well as examples of passive and active affirmative action policies.

The Affirmative Action and Diversity Project : A Web Page for Research
Current information produced by the University of California, Santa Barbara. Their home page describes this resource best: "this site presents diverse opinions regarding Affirmative Action topics; rather than taking a singular pro or con position, it is designed to help lend many different voices to the debates surrounding the issues of affirmative action."  This site is an academic resource and it provides scholars, students, and the interested public with on-site articles, and theoretical analyses, policy documents, current legislative updates, and an annotated bibliography of research and teaching materials. 

CA Secretary of State - Vote96 - Proposition 209
This site is prepared by the Attorney General of California and contains the actual text of Proposition 209.  There are links to analysis and arguments for and against this initiative.  "This Web site is devoted to investigating the aftermath of the passing of Proposition 209, the elimination of affirmative action programs in California in November of 1996."

Federal Affirmative Action Law : A Brief History
Updated CRS report onteh history of affirmative action at the federal level.  Written Sept. 13. 2005, by Charles Dale

Making the Case for Affirmative Action in Higher Education
This site is sponsored by the American Council on Education, and features articles on legislative news, supreme court activity, research and essays in this area, and links to other resources on the topic of affirmative action and education.  Last modified May 2002.

The Origins of Affirmative Action
A brief history of affirmative action by Marquita Sykes.  Sponsored by NOW (National Organization for Women).

Race, Gender, and Affirmative Action
This is an annotated bibliography of resources on race, gender, and affirmative action intended for use of faculty designing courses for the University of Michigan's Winter 1999 Theme Semester on Diversity, and for students and browsers (that's you!) interested in a guide to the literature. Themes covered by the bibliography include: racism, sexism, affirmative action in education, legal cases about affirmative action, and alternatives to affirmative action. The bibliography also has links to additional sites.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only) 

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Contains the full text to Gale Reference print volumes.  Search throughout all volumes, or choose a specific reference work.  Some relevant titles include: West's Encyclopedia of American Law ; African American Almanac ; Encyclopedia of Management.

Issue & Controversies @
Contains reference articles, with a pro/con format, for many current topics.  A recently updated article on Affirmative Action [June 31, 2007] is available, as well as many other articles that include the topic.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Affirmative action now : a guide to students, families, and counselors
Call number: Ref KF4155.Z9B43 2006

Affirmative action (Library in a book)
Call number: Ref KF3464.K73 2002

The Supreme Court A to Z
Call number: Ref KF8742.A35S8 2003

The U.S. Constitution A to Z
Call number: Ref KF4548.M33 2002

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Affirmative action programs--United States

Discrimination--United States

Minorities--Education (Higher)--United States

Minorities--United States

Race discrimination--United States

United States--Race relations

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases -  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The  2 sample
searches below are from the ProQuest database.  Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  (SUB (affirmative action) AND SUB (employment))
    2.  (SUB (affirmative action) AND SUB (public policy))

Researched and evaluated by:
E. Ball, Librarian 12/1997
update: T. Shabelnik, Librarian 8/2008
last update: D. Yashar, Librarian 9/2009

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