SA 321: Social Movements

Contact info

This guide will provide assistance with finding scholarly material to support the research paper assignment.  For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Sociology / Anthropology by email or Ask a librarian.

Research process

Start Your Research Here - This page gives you an overview of the research process, or in other words how to find materials for your essay.

Selected encyclopedias and handbooks

Get an overview of a topic by using encyclopedias, handbooks or textbook.  These types of resources identify key authors, theories and  important resources on a topic.

Find journal articles

Searching the "Databases for a discipline" is a great strategy to view articles that have been written within the scholarly journals of that discipline.  For help, refer to the How to find journal articles, What is a scholarly journal?, Finding articles: Advanced search techniques [video 3:13 mins]

If full-text of article is not available from within the database, click on the "Get@SFU" to start a search.  If the Library does not provide access, then use the Citation Finder/ILL tab to request a copy from another library (free) through SFU Library's Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service.

For more, try Sociology Databases

Primary sources

A primary source is a document or other sort of evidence written or created during the time under study, or by one of the persons or organizations directly involved in the event. Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event. Types of primary sources include: original documents (excerpts or translations are acceptable): diaries, speeches, letters, minutes, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records.

  • American Indian Newspapers - Print journalism from Indigenous peoples of the US and Canada from a range of communities. Includes periodicals produced in the United States and British Columbia, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada and Oklahoma, from 1828 to 2016.

    • Click on "Essays" and then check out:

      • Political Activism in American Indian Newspapers

      • Wounded Knee: The Spark that Ignited Tribal Publishing

  • Black Thought & Culture - Monographs, speeches, essays, and interviews written by leaders from the black community in America.
    • Use "Advance search" and search through "Subject" (use the list from the drop-down menu, which has names of movements such as the "Black Power Movement, 1966-1975, U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-, or topics such as "Desegregation of schools")
    • Find documents such as the "Black Panther Newspaper"
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail - Full-text of the Globe and Mail newspaper from 1844 to three years ago. Covers major news and events in Canada and around the world. Includes images, advertisements, cartoons, classified ads, birth and death notices, and full content of the Report on Business section.
  • Historical Newspapers - Historical full page and article images from the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Vancouver Sun, and the Washington Post from the mid to late 19th century with embargoes for the last 3 to 18 years depending on the newspaper.

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Historical New York Times - Full-text of the New York Times newspaper from its inception in 1851 to four years ago. Contains full-page images of each issue.
  • Times Digital Archive - Also known as the "The London Times" or "The Times of London" this is a digital reproduction of The Times newspaper with a 6-year embargo on current content. It also includes its predecessor The Universal Daily Register (1785-1788). The world's oldest continuously published newspaper, the Times contains extensive national (UK) and international news coverage, UK parliamentary reports, commentary, and editorial opinions. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements, and illustrations/photos.
  • U.S Declassifed Documents Online - Cabinet meeting minutes, CIA intelligence studies and reports, FBI surveillance and intelligence correspondence and memoranda, Joint Chiefs papers, National Security Council policy statements, Presidential conferences, State Department political analyses, White House Confidential File materials, and more on the U.S. government and world events in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    • Search using keywords and limit by "subject" subjects such as "civil rights", "labor unions" (includes, CIA's recently de-classified files)
      Searches: civil rights movement; Vietnam war; (protest* or demonstration*); etc.

  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
    in-depth access to the published histories and records of women’s reform organizations throughout the United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
    • Use "Advance search" and search through "Social movements" (use the list from the drop-down menu, which has names of movements)
    • Use "Advance search" and search through "Primary source set" (use the list from the drop-down menu, to find organizations or files such as, "League of Women Voters" and "Women and antislavery")

For more, see  Primary sources databases and News Sources databases
Citing primary sources

Find books

Library Catalogue search guide

The Library Catalogue provides access to books, journal articles, videos, government documents and much more.  To limit the search results to "books", use the filter, "resource type" of "books" (left-hand column).

Search the SFU Library Catalogue, using either the Basic or the Advanced search

Note: In the searches below, search results can be limited to "Online Resources only" and "Resource type" of "Books" and selected "Subjects"

Combine different concepts using AND
Combine same concepts using OR
quotation marks to search for a phrase
Use brackets for synonyms
Use asterisk (*) for different endings of words

Use pull-down menu and select, "Source Types" as "Books"

Note:  For Catalogue Search, when combining concepts, use CAPITAL letters ( "OR", "AND")

When you find a useful book, click on its "subject" to find more books on the same topic.

Selected books

Browse by subject

You can also "browse by subject" to find  books about a topic.

Catalogue Search / Browse, then change "Title" to "Subject" and enter "subject" terms.  For large lists, you can sort by "newest first"

To find books about sociologists or their works, search for their name: Marx, Karl, 1818-1883

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