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Political Protest Movements: 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:

- Authors you may want to investigate

- 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:

Kenya Flash, Librarian for Political Science, Global Affairs, and Government Information,

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


Database Trial

Between now and October 30, 2021, Yale will be hosting a trial for PolicyCommons. Policy Commons is a comprehensive content-and-discovery platform for public policy, with more than 2.5 million reports, briefs, analyses, media, working papers, and datasets from IGOs, NGOs, think tanks, and global research organizations.

To access the site by proxy, students/faculty will need to use this link:

To provide feedback on whether this should be a Yale Purchase, please fill out the following form: