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CONN 335: Race and Multiculturalism in the American Context: Getting Started

Subject Encyclopedias

Hot Topics & Opposing Viewpoints

Oxford African American Studies Center

A good starting point for finding information in reference sources, including Africana, Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895, Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to Present, Black Women in America, African American National Biography, Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, Oxford Companion to Black British History, and selected articles from other sources. Note: Limit of 3 simultaneous users.

Note: If you are off-campus, use this link.

 

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Wikipedia Exercise

Context

Wikipedia can be a great resource to quickly find information on a wide range of topics. However, Wikipedia has struggled at times to address issues of gender and cultural bias. A 2011 survey of Wikipedia editors (aka Wikipedians) indicated that content is created by individuals who overwhelming identify as white (77%) and  male (over 80%). 

Disproportionate representation and resulting systemic biases may, some have argued have resulted in poor coverage of groups underrepresented in the Wikipedia community. In his article, "Wikipedia’s Women ProblemJames Gleick details an episode where female authors were removed from a list of American Novelists on Wikipedia, and into a separate page for American female authors.

Exercise

Search on the topic of intermarriage, using terms such as intermarriage, interracial marriage, or mixed marriage, in one of the subject encyclopedias above, then compare it to an article on intermarriage in Wikipedia: Interracial Marriage.