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Social Action and Justice (SAAJ)

This guide will suggest some starting points for research on issues of social justice such as human rights, wealth and poverty, the interplay of religion and culture, and the role of media in shaping social movements.

Getting Started

Here are two of many great resources to help get you started.

            CQ Researcher Tutorial Video on You Tube



This video covers the basics of using Opposing Viewpoints in Context:

Biography in Context

People who are well known for their writings may also be included in Literature Resource Center

View Streaming Movies

Some videos found in Kanopy:

Suggested Subjects

Search the library catalog for:

           civil rights

           cultural pluralism


           distributive justice

           educational equalization


           human rights

           income distribution

           poor laws and poverty


.           prisons            

           social change

           social ethics

           social justice

           social movements

           social values


           welfare economics

Alternative to Wikipedia

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia written collaboratively; anyone with internet access can write and edit Wikipedia articles.  Users can contribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or, if they choose to, with their real identity. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is a collection of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources; these trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7.

If you need general information about subjects, persons, places etc. then GVRL is a good place to start.

The library catalog will lead you to many individual reference books such as:

Course Description

Social Action and Justice Colloquium: Do you care about social justice? This is an experiential course that involves service. We will go on field trips to Skid Row, Prisons, Disability Centers, Environmental sites, Museums, and other relevant sites. We will deal with issues that involve sex trafficking, prostitution, gangs, religious discrimination, and issues of race and class. Students will explore strategies for promoting social justice and engage in service learning activities.