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Diverse Voices - Research Strategies

Poverty and Economic Disparity - Subject Headings for Finding Diverse Voices

For books written BY diverse people, first identify the subject heading used for that class of person or ethnic group, then add subject subdivision terms to narrow your search.
For autobiographies and memoirs, use the subject subdivision term Biography (LCSH), (e.g. Poor Biography
These subject headings might also be useful: Working class writingsPrecarious employmentFood security (LCSH), Eviction (LCSH), Economic Security (LCSH)People with social disabilities, Writings of (LCSH)
For primary sources try these subject subdivision terms to find first hand accounts by historically marginalized voices:
More about primary sources and subject headings: Primary Sources Research Guide

Finding Videos

Films on Demand has over 40,000 videos including works by diverse people and about diverse cultures. For videos of diverse voices, search by topic, events, movements, author or activist name, such as:
Also check these Films on Demand subject collections:

Internet Resources

There are lots of curated lists of books on timely topics in blogs and libraries websites. Try doing a browser search on [topic] non-fiction voices, e.g. "poverty non-fiction voices" or "poverty books nonfiction adults," etc.
Here are some hashtags to try:
  • #WorkingPoverty
  • #PeopleFightingPoverty
  • #PoorPeoplesCampaign
  • #FoodInsecurity
Here are a few example websites:

Book Awards

Book awards are a great way to identify best books on diversity topics. Check the Long Lists, Short Lists as well as the Winners.

Here is a sampling of books in the College Libraries


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College Libraries


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