These databases will identify journal articles and books on race and medicine in the United States. Look for PennText links to locate fulltext.
Handbooks provide chapter-length summaries of specific issues within a broader topical work. They will have good bibliographies.
Bibliographies are lists of works organized around a topic, sometimes with annotations.
Literature reviews are a handy way to get quickly into the scholarly literature. A typical literature-review article will provide a narrative that identifies and describes dozens of journal articles and books.
Franklin Catalog lists the millions of books, journal titles, and other materials in Penn Libraries collections. Franklin Catalog uses Library of Congress subject headings to describe books. You will see patterns in these useful subject headings:
Health services accessibility
Social medicine (i.e., Medical sociology!)
Public health--Anthropological aspects
Health and race
Ethnic groups--Health and hygiene--United States
Minorities--Health and hygiene
African Americans--Medical care
African American women--Medical care
Poor--Health and hygiene
Transcultural medical care
Racism in social services
Racism in public welfare
Discrimination in medical care
Medically underserved areas
Human experimentation in medicine
Sickle cell anemia--Patients--United States
You can combine subject headings using Franklin Catalog's Subject Heading Keyword Search, with OR for combining synonyms and AND for combining concepts. Some examples:
("african american" OR "african americans") AND "human experimentation"
(racism OR discrimination) AND ("medical care" OR "health and hygiene")
Dissertations are book-length works that may become tomorrow's published books and journal articles. Dissertations often reproduce survey questionnaires, interview transcripts, and other primary source material. They're also a GREAT source for literature reviews.
If your Franklin:Catalog search results are overwhelming, there are some subject heading phrases that might help you maintain control. Plug these into your Keyword Expert searching with ... AND ....
|intellectual life||legal status|
|moral and ethical aspects||social aspects|
|social conditions||social life and customs|
|politics and government||public opinion|
|... in advertising||... in art|
|... in literature||... in mass media|
|... in motion pictures||... in popular culture|
|influences||study and teaching|