Researching Activism

How to the find evidence you need
to tell stories of nonviolent action

Sarah Elichko // Social Sciences & Data Librarian // 02/01/19

Goals for this session:

 

  • Learn about useful research resources (besides Google) that you may not be familiar with
     
  • Practice some techniques for searching these resources more efficiently and effectively
     
  • Know where to turn if you get stuck with your research

 

Example case:

Sometime in the mid-1990s, a group of workers at a large mushroom farm in Kennett Square (PA) unionized.

 

1. Identify what you know + what you need to find out.

 

Sometime in the mid-1990s,

a group of workers at a large mushroom farm in Kennett Square (PA) unionized.

Who?

Mushroom farm workers

Need: Union name

Need: Earlier organization names

Need: Names of organizers, leaders

When?

ca 1990-2000
Need: specific dates

Where?

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Need: Farm name
Need: Look up the county
Need:
Nearest major city, region

2. Use this info to identify some possible research directions.

 

Newspapers
Magazines
TV News
Social media*

Websites*

Articles & Books

*Currently live
and/or archived versions

 

Find suggestions + links on the library research guide for this course: PEAC 71

3. Start searching

 

Access World News / Newsbank

Filter your results by:
- Date
- Location
- Article Type

4. Keep track of what you learn as you go.

 

Make a timeline as soon as you can, and fill it in as you go.

Create a list of people and organizations. (Annotate this list)

Always (always!) label your links.
Provide context in case the link breaks.

PEAC 71B: Global Nonviolent Action Database

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PEAC 71B: Global Nonviolent Action Database

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