POL 3369: Identity Politics in Comparative Perspective - Prof. Johnson, Fall 2020

Step 1: Overview of a Country and Its Minority Groups

Minority Rights Group International

Human rights organization based in London

Minorities at Risk

A project based at the University of Maryland

"MAR tracks 284 politically-active ethnic groups throughout the world from 1945 to the present -- identifying where they are, what they do, and what happens to them. MAR focuses specifically on ethnopolitical groups, non-state communal groups that have "political significance" in the contemporary world because of their status and political actions."--from the "About MAR" page on the MAR website

Sample country data page

Click on the links for each Group listed for the country you are researching.

Country data page

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Sponsored by the United Nations

Look at country-specific information.

Website screenshot of Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Step 2: Identify a Specific Policy in the Country You've Selected

Minority Rights Group Country Profiles

  • Look closely in the profile report for a country that you found in step 1 for any mention of a specific policy, law, initiative.

Step 3: Find Sources About the Policy You've Selected

Search for Articles on the Policy or Law

  1. Go to library home page
  2. In yellow search box, click "Define Your Search"
  3. From the drop-down menu of options, select "Articles"
  4. In the search box, type in your search this way: name of country AND specific policy or law name. Make sure that you type AND in capital letters. Example: colombia AND "law 70"

Also Search for Articles about a Specific Group in the Country

  1. Go to library home page
  2. In yellow search box, click "Define Your Search"
  3. From the drop-down menu of options, select "Articles"
  4. In the search box, type in your search this way: name of country AND ethnic or minority group. Make sure that you type AND in capital letters. Example: colombia AND palenqueros

Help Searching for Articles

Identifying Resource Types in Search Results

After you use the search box for OneSearch on the library home page, you see results that include different kinds of resources. Above the title of each item (in blue) is a label identifying the resource type

  • ARTICLE
    • if there's a "PEER REVIEWED" label on that listing, the article came from a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal
    • if there's no label, the article is from a newspaper or magazine
  • BOOK
    • If there is a green "Available Online" link in the listing, that's an ebook
    • If there is no green "Available Online link, that's a print book
  • BOOK CHAPTER
    • Chapter from an ebook
  • REFERENCE ENTRY
    • entries from encyclopedias and dictionaries

Search results page in OneSearch

How to Cite Sources Using Chicago Style

How to Cite Sources Using APA Style

How to Cite Sources Using MLA Style

Guide Author

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Stephen Francoeur
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