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Diverse voices, alternative sources

How do I attend?

Go to Diverse voices, alternative sources and select 'Join Room' located at the bottom of the page. The room remains closed until the trainer has entered – this will usually be 15 minutes before the start time.


Academic literature is not inclusive, there are many under-represented voices. This 1 hour interactive session will outline the difficulties in finding diverse voices and alternative sources, and will begin to explore the steps you can take to include a range of voices and perspectives in your literature search.

Who's it for?

Suitable for students who are required to carry out a literature search and would like to include diverse voices.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, you will:

  • understand what we mean by diverse sources and perspectives
  • understand why diverse sources are important
  • be able to identify the challenge of identifying diverse content
  • have begun developing skills to find some reliable diverse content 

Downloads and further help

A copy of the slides and an accompanying handout are available for this session. There is a Diverse voices collection in the Open University Library, a selection of  databases, websites and directories which explicitly seek to provide access to writers and resources from diverse groups who are typically under-represented in commercial publications.