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Skin of Color

Resources and tools to facilitate work, study, and knowledge around skin of color.


A majority of people in the world from diverse backgrounds have skin of color. Skin of color is defined in relation to less-pigmented skin. Resources for teaching, learning, research, and clinical practice in all areas of healthcare and their intersection with skin of color are potential topics for inclusion in this guide. Journals (including special issues); tips on scholarly literature searching; skin of color images; reference texts (both ebooks and print); social media accounts and hashtags; professional associations, societies, and conferences; and funding resources are among the topics covered.


Do you have suggestions for additional content? Please contact: LaTeesa James,


For additional assistance, a Taubman Health Sciences Library informationist can:

  • Help with your literature search
  • Give you tips for finding data or survey instruments
  • Teach you advanced techniques for database searching
  • Orient you to the library resources available through U-M
  • Teach you about citation management tools (EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero) that can save you time in creating citations & bibliographies for research papers

Finding Skin of Color Images with VisualDx

VisualDx is a point-of-care diagnostic system, providing high-quality images to help identify and classify visible patient symptoms. Access is provided via the University of Michigan Library and requires a level-1 login. A mobile app version is available for those who sign up for a personal account within the database. 

VisualDx provides a filter for skin pigmentation when image searching. 

To filter by skin tone in VisualDx, search a symptom or diagnosis as normal in the main search box. Once you have arrived at a diagnosis page, click on 'View All Images' for that diagnosis. On the right-hand side of the page, you will see an option to 'Filter Images.'


Among other options, you will be able to select skin pigmentation types. 


Select the skin pigmentation type(s) desired, and your image results page will automatically update.

If you have any questions about using VisualDx, reach out to one of the library contacts!

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