Library Services is proud to present Diverse Voices - a collection of databases, websites and directories available through the online library which provides access to writers and resources from diverse groups who are typically under-represented in commercial publications. These resources can be used by both students and staff to broaden their research, to understand new perspectives on areas of study, and to discover views that are representative of the world we live in.
How did Diverse Voices come about?
We wanted to respond to concerns about the historic lack of diversity in traditional academic and commercial databases. For various reasons some voices are under-represented within these databases. Factors which might lead to this under-representation include:
As well as providing our students and academics with access to databases and resources from diverse groups who are typically under-represented in commercial publications, we also hope that the collection supports them to become aware of the issue and to recognise the levels of diversity within their own research.
What does the collection feature?
The Diverse Voices collection features a range of different types of content, including:
Many of the sources in our collection were discovered on the Finding research from underrepresented voices list collated by the University of Leeds, which features sources recommended by an international community of research professionals.
It is important to note that our Diverse Voices collection is by no means exhaustive, and we encourage students and academics to share resources that they find useful using the Equality Diversity and Inclusion resources feedback form.
We are in the final stages of producing a new online training session and a Digital Skills for Study (DiSS) activity which we will be offering to our academics and students. Both are intended as awareness-raising exercises to develop strategies to uncover more diverse content and points of view. It is hoped that both will be ready by the end of October 2022.