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Decolonise your reading lists

Review the diversity of authors and perspectives

Consider what is listed as 'essential' as opposed to recommended or background reading, are there any key authors, thinkers or theories that could be de-centred and more dominance given to other perspectives or could you incorporate resources that challenge standard approaches in the discipline? Alternative media can be an effective way to raise visibility across a diverse group of voices that may otherwise be marginalised. Accessible formats will also accommodate varied learning needs, styles and environments. Try adding materials from diverse sources (alternative publishers, supporting networks or resource gateways) to your reading lists.

Padlet - Sources of Diverse Material

Decolonising through Critical Librarianship - Suppliers for African Material

Finding Open Access journal articles and books

Consider adding resources from Open Access sources of pre-print servers, as these repositories offer the opportunity for diverse groups to make their voices heard.

Depauw: Open Access for Scholarly Publishing: Preprint Servers

University of Kent: Find Open Access Journal Articles and Books

Open Access Books on JSTOR

Find resources that originate from specific geographical areas

Both Web of Science and Scopus allow you to filter by geographic location as origin. Please speak to your Information Specialist if you would like advice on how to do this best.

Alternatively, Web of Science’s Emerging Source Citation Index is where journals go into WoS after passing the WoS quality check (24 criteria), but before they pass additional checks for 'impact'. Journals that do not pass the 'impact criteria' (citation analyses and content significance measures) OR that fall below the threshold of these criteria, go into the emerging sources citation index. To use it, go to ‘advanced search’ in WoS, perform your search in either ‘all databases’ or ‘Web of Science core collection’. At the results page refine by ‘Emerging Sources Citation Index’ under ‘Web of Science index’

Zines Collection

University of Plymouth has a fantastic zines collection, housed within the Special collections. Zines are small circulation and hand made, often non-commercial, booklet or magazine.  They can be produced by one person or a small group of like-minded individuals and are forged out of a desire and passion to collaborate, to create and to escape - and give voice to those who often are not heard. Why not consider visiting the collection yourself to see if it would be useful resource for your students. Contact your Information Specialist to arrange this. 
University of the Arts, London have produced a Zine on Decolonising the Arts

Subject-specific content

During Black History Month, The University of Sussex asked staff and students for suggestions of subject-specific content and collated a list that you might find useful.
The University of Huddersfield have a 'Broaden my Bookshelf' section in their reading list toolkit which also offers subject-specific suggestions of decolonised content, as well as wider information on why and how to diversify your reading lists.

The University of Westminster also offer subject-specific lists of resources put together with the aim of allowing academics to begin thinking about and engaging in decolonising learning and teaching

Useful Books

Useful Collections

Independent Voices (JSTOR)

Independent Voices (JSTOR)

Independent Voices is an open access digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century.

LGBT Magazine Archive

Archival runs of 26 of the most influential, longest-running serial publications covering LGBT interests. Includes the pre-eminent US and UK titles – The Advocate and Gay Times, respectively. Chronicles more than six decades of the history and culture of the LGBT community. In addition to LGBT/gender/sexuality studies, this material also serves related disciplines such as sociology, political science, psychology, health, and the arts.

LGBT Thought and Culture

An online resource hosting books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting LGBT political, social and cultural movements throughout the twentieth century and into the present day.