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Diverse voices, alternative sources

How do I attend?

Go to Diverse voices, alternative sources and select 'Join Room'. 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.



An interactive recording of the session is available via the ‘View previous recordings’ link on the Diverse voices, alternative sources page.

Upcoming Online Training Sessions

May 24

Wed, 24/05/2023 - 19:30