“Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America.
Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history.”
~ Dr. Oscar Handlin
The SCF Libraries Catalog (Quick Search) and the Library Databases use specific terms or keywords to help organize items that are similar in subject. Those terms help users discover more sources related to a particular topic. Think of it as "hashtags" that we used since before hashtags existed!
However, keep in mind that this shared vocabulary is a product of society, based within a historically white profession and culture. Some terms are dated and might be offensive or inappropriate for current standards. There are librarians involved in social justice work who seek to disband antiquated and offensive terms, but that is a work in progress.
"Keyword/subject terms" evolve over time as society changes and research develops.
Terms that refer to specific groups have changed over time, for example: "Latino Americans" sometimes are classified under "Hispanic Americans" or "Latinos" even if the meaning is not exactly the same, etc. "People of color", for example, evolved into "BIPOC" (Black, Indigenous, and people of color).
Remember, when you find a good article, ebook, evideo or website, keep track of the keywords used in that source and search using those terms too. Different databases use different keywords so rotating and trying different terms is important.
* Note: The quotation marks (" ") around more than one word help to search for those words together.
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College Equity Officer and ADA Coordinator
(941) 752-5323 (or extension x65323) - ThomasR@SCF.edu
Equity Officer: contact for discrimination or harassment complaints/grievances pertaining to sex, race, religion, age, national origin/ethnicity, color, marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation and any other factor prohibited under applicable federal, state, and local civil rights laws, rules and regulations.
Hispanic/Latino Heritage Club
Advisor: Eric Cintron
The Hispanic Latino Heritage Club will meet and lead events to share their culture with students, faculty and staff at SCF.