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PLSC 410: Political Protests: Getting Started

Welcome and other guide content

Greetings and welcome to the research guide on Political Protest and Social Movements. This research guide will primarily focus on resources from the United States, but will have some resources to point to a few international movements as well. It will provide initial resources to help with examining political and social movements. The pages in this guide include:

This page is broken into:

- Free websites to explore

- Magazines articles that may be of interest

- Several TOPIC boxes that link to sources that may help you begin research

Secondary Source Databases

Primary Source Databases

Archival Collections at Yale


Arts and Activism

After using this guide, you should be able to begin research on political and/or social [protest] movements and also contextualize these                  same movements.


Getting Started

Before beginning your research, you will want to develop your research question; this will help you think about where to begin searching. The handout below will help you develop your research question and the box beneath that will help you find some background information on protest movements.


Background Information

Contact us

Please feel free to email any of the librarians below for help in this area:

James Kessenides, Kaplanoff Librarian for American History,

Bill Landis, Head of Public Services, Manuscripts and Archives,

Jennifer Snow, Librarian for Anthropology, Sociology, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,

To find other relevant librarians, please use the subject specialist search