St. Ignatius

Ethnic Studies Research Paper


Big picture goals of the project:

You will:

  • move beyond vocabulary to understand how systems have long term impacts.
  • use class concepts and terms to make an argument.

Questions you will address in your essay: 

  • What is slavery?
  • How did it happen?
  • What are some ideological, cultural, institutional and economic impacts of slavery?
  • What are some present day legacies of slavery?

How might you answer these questions?

  • Exploring, explaining, and applying concepts from concept bank.
  • Using research, arguments, information and primary sources from the resources listed on this page to support your thesis.

Paper requirements: 

  • 12 pt. font
  • Double spaced
  • MLA format
  • 8 sources, at least one primary source



This is a list of resources that has been tailored to your research project.  If you visit the SI database links, make sure to do your own key word searches to explore the databases further.

SI Databases  (These require passwords if you're off campus)


Web Resources


Books (Covid 19 Precaution: Books are checked out to individuals and may not be shared between students.)

The New Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the time of colorblindness (Alexander)

The Color of Law: the forgotten history of how our government segregated America (Rothstein)

Stony the Road: Reconstruction,  White Supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow (Gates)

The Warmth of Other Suns: the epic story of America's Great Migration (Wilkerson)

You can also check out the Library's online Anti-racist bookshelf.


Library Resources

Using Primary Sources

Parenthetical Citations

Creating Citations

Formatting a Works Cited Page

Did I Plagiarize?

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