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ANTH 4800: Angela Montague: Underrepresented Scholars

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Finding Work by Underrepresented Scholars

Why Citations Matter

Places to Search

Search Strategies

  • Use Google Scholar's "cited by" tool to find additional references building off a core text like Decolonizing Methodologies or a foundational author like bell hooks.
  • Find out where scholars in your area of research share ideas less formally, and search for blogs and social media to identify conversations happening outside of traditional (more exclusionary) scholarly communication.
  • Explore professional association conference programs, committee lists, and membership rosters to identify scholars and their interests.
  • Read author information in database records and journal articles, go outside the source. Search for university profile pages, blogs, social media, and other online projects.
  • Change the order of your search results in databases and search engines to see beyond algorithmic bias ("relevance" is often the default setting for displaying search results).Go beyond Google (or whatever your default search engine is) to surface content that may be new to you and/or not included in research databases.
  • Consider geography/location in your searching.
  • Explore new sources of news. For example, Ethnic News Watch can be used to find publications featuring indigenous voices.
  • Talk with your professors about how they diversify their reading and reference lists, and who they think are exciting new voices in the field.

Some content informed by "Whose Shoulders Are You Standing On? Inclusive Citation Practices in Literature Reviews" by Liz Bellamy (Project CORA 2020).


Our guide about multiply marginalized and underrepresented (MMU) scholars explains who MMU scholars are, how and why you should incorporate these scholars into your own research, and provides you with some tips and places to start when searching for work by MMU scholars.

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