Equity Diversity and Inclusion

What do we mean by EDI Resources?

There is no single, official definition or criteria for what is an “EDI resource.” This page is intended to help users consider ways to strategically search and identify resources that are focused on research and discourse related to issues of equity, diversity, and social inclusion (EDI), particularly from a social justice lens. The search strategies and resources listed here will primarily be effective in searching for research and scholarship, but they may also be helpful in identifying literature that presents diverse narratives and themes related to EDI.

How to search Books & More (Primo)

Foley Library has a large number of resources related to EDI, both in physical formats and online, most library resources can be found by searching in Primo Library Search.

Library search results with filters on the left highlighted in red
When searching Primo for books, articles, and more you can use keyword searches of words or phrases related to any variety of EDI issues. Consider using the limiters along the left margin to refine your results and narrow to the topic or content type you were looking to find.


Subject terms are the official labels for categorizing names, events, and ideas within most library systems. Noticing and using subject terms in your search can help ensure that you are finding the most relevant and complete results.

For example here’s the list of subject terms associated with the book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. In this example each of these subject terms are linked to other titles that share those subject terms.

Obama, Barack -- Influence
Obama, Barack
Black lives matter movement
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 21st century
Racism -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Racial profiling in law enforcement -- United States
Discrimination in criminal justice administration
Social movements -- United States -- 21st century
African Americans -- Employment -- History
African Americans -- Civil rights -- 21st century
Police brutality -- United States
Police misconduct -- United States
Race discrimination -- United States
Post-racialism -- United States
Black lives matter movement
African Americans -- Civil rights
African Americans -- Social conditions
Discrimination in criminal justice administration
Racial profiling in law enforcement
Social movements
African Americans -- Employment
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Police brutality
Police misconduct
Race discrimination
United States
Electronic books


Article Databases related to EDI

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are priorities in many disciplines, so there can be great scholarship found in almost any of our hundreds of subject databases, but if you’re unsure where to start then looking at the databases identified as relevant for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies is a good option.
Within databases, subject terms and limiters exist like in Primo. Noticing and utilizing these can help narrow or broaden your search and identify alternative search phrases.


Journals related to EDI

The Periodicals@Foley or Journal Search tool searches by keywords in the journal title and in the record for the journal. Starting with broad terms and increasing specificity is a good way to not miss potentially useful publications. The results here include the titles of journals, newspapers, magazines, etc. that the library subscribes to, but there may be specific articles within those publications to which Foley Library does not have immediate access

Foley Library has a number of research guides and Reading Lists relevant to EDI

Meeting with a librarian (in person or online) is a great starting point for EDI research. To make an appointment, please visit our Research Appointment Page for online scheduling.

How do I recommend a title relevant to EDI for the library

You can submit a request via our EDI Collection Development form.