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SOC 256: Social Movements: Resources
Researching Organizations in Social Movements
Organizations play an important role in social movements. Various sources provide information on organizations, including news sources, tax and financial records, reference works, as well as books and articles.
Search news articles for organizations; it is helpful to put organization names in quotation marks for precise searching.
Access to thousands of news, business, legal, and medical publications and information sources, including: newspapers, newsletters, magazines, trade journals, wire services, and broadcast transcripts. It offers some international resources in French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. The legal component of the database includes comprehensive, current legal information which consists of federal and state case law, statues, secondary sources such as law reviews, and state legal materials. Includes Shepard's Citations for all federal and states court cases back to 1789.
Search for recent tax forms for non-profits. These include financial statistics and top-paid employees. Because many organizations have local chapters, to find the national organization it may be easier to search by Employer Identification Number.
Although dated in that it ceased publication in 2006-2007, this series is still quite useful in identifying older organizations according to issue, including information on membership, influence, and methods. Previously published in 2004, and as Public Interest Profiles biennially between 1988 and 2001.
Search for books at Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby. Useful subjects include:
- Pressure groups
- Animal rights movement
- Civil rights movements
- Gay liberation movement
- Indians of North America -- Civil rights
- Labor movement
- Pro-life movement
- Pro-choice movement
- Human rights movement
The following are book series on controversial social issues: