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Encyclopedias and Background Sources
Why use background or tertiary resources?
- Learn more information about a topic including terms, scholars, dates, and notable works.
- Bibliographies, further reading, and works cited sections can lead you to secondary sources.
- It's a quick overview of a theme, work, author, or other topic.
Dictionary and Encyclopedia on a wide variety of science topics.
Secondary Resources - Databases for Journal Articles
Academic Search Premier
Multi-disciplinary database with journal articles from 1975 to present.
Includes articles, books, papers, and reports.
GenderWatch is a full text database of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.
Journal articles. Most items are older than five years.
Journal articles. Most items are recent publications (less than five years old).
Sociology Source Ultimate
Index that includes citations and full-text links to journal articles, books chapters, and conference proceedings.
Studies on women and gender abstracts online
Indexes books and journal articles on the role gender plays in sociological issues, literary criticism, and historical studies.
Other Resources for Getting Background on Topics
Lucy Parsons Labs
Collaborative community project interested in data rights and social justice.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Non-profit interested in protecting digital privacy, and examining technology.
Algorithmic Justice League
Non-profit founded by Joy Buolamwini focused on advocating for equity and accountability regarding artificial intelligence and its uses.
Non-profit interested in equitable access to technology, and media.
Data For Black Lives
Movement advocating for increase accountability, and equity through data science.
BIPOC-led space dedicated to co-learning, co-teaching, and co-ownership of technology.
Helpful Handouts and Links
Library Catalog Searching - Subject Headings
Secondary Resources - Databases for News Articles
ProQuest Digitized Newspapers
Cover-to-cover access to recent newspaper content. 2008 to recent (3 month embargo).
Includes newspapers, journals, company reports and SEC filings, government documents, and more.
Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.
This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' leadership.