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HIST 119/ETHN 169/WGST 168 — Gender/Sex/Social Movt 20th US (Gomez)

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Next Level Zine Making

Today you are going to learn how the SCU Library can deliver on nearly all the components you will need to incorporate into your zine:

  • Quotes (from scholarly articles amongst other sources)
  • Data, statistics, and figures
  • Images
  • Poetry
  • Video/film
  • Music
  • Magazine clippings
  • A bunch of creativity

You can get all of this through the SCU Library.

Zine Page Challenge

Today: Take the Group Zine Challenge:

Your group will be assigned a social movement. Based on that social movement:

Activity 1: Primary Source Exploration

So much of historical research is about identifying a good collection, repository, or database, and then using a variety of search strategies to ferret out valuable information from that source. In this activity, you will be assigned a primary source repository that is extremely appropriate for a particular type of social movement research. From there, work with your group to explore the repository. Try searching with keywords. Try browsing. Share your strategies with your team members.


  1. Individually browse or search within the repository. As you look through the materials, ask yourself, can you find evidence related to your social movement? What claims or arguments could you make based on the types of evidence you are encountering?
  2. On your group's Google Slide doc, save notes on search strategies/keywords. Also save primary source images, documents, or links. You'll need these for the next two activities!
  3. Discuss as a group: Can you focus on an aspect of your social movement based on what you found individually? Is there a way to conceptually narrow down your search within the larger social movement? You'll need to name a focus to use for activity 2.

Activity 2: Secondary Sources for Support

Now that you've explored a primary source repository and picked a focus that seems to have evidence available, it's time to find supporting secondary information. Your group is assigned a specific academic database that contains peer-reviewed articles on historic topics.


  1. Using the focus your group identified in the first activity, individually search for supporting secondary information in the database. Identify one good article.
  2. Identify a quote and generate a citation from the good article. Share it with your team members on your group Google Slides doc.

Activity 3: Show us your zine! Synthesize primary and secondary sources; make a claim

Be a scholar by synthesizing your primary sources and secondary sources to support an argument. Enact the zine process by populating a Google slide page from what your group amassed during the first 2 activities. Make sure everyone in your group has contributed one of the following, to be represented on the zine page.

  1. A quote from a peer-reviewed article (cite it!)
  2. An image or graphic from a library database
  3. A statistic related to your topic

If you're up for the challenge...

be ready to share your research tips and your zine with the class

Group Composition

Group 1: Birth Control Movement

Mikayla Ching, Brandon Kuo, Sydney Schramer, Peytyn Yee

Click here to edit group Google slides.

Group 2: ACT UP

Sandra Del Toro, April Hisey, Kelsey Le, Therese Maligranda, Jon Robins

Click here to edit group Google slides.

Group 3: Gendered Invisibility: Ethnic Mexican Women and the Bracero Program

Olivia Chi, Shayna Fallin, Dario Jimenez, Cassandra Lewis, Amanda Yee

Click here to edit Group Google Slides

Group 4: Incarcerated Women's Education

Krish Ananth, Petra Glenn, Lindsay Holman, Jaya Kapoor, Shreyansh Panda, Abigail Yosief

Click here to edit group Google doc

A Note On Sources

Secondary Sources

Scholarly articles and academic books

Secondary sources include scholarly articles and academic books. These contain writings by experts analyzing events and giving their interpretation years after the historical event took place.

Primary Sources

Objects, artifacts, and documents

Primary sources are not scholarly in that they are first-hand accounts and artifacts created or used during the time period you are studying. Primary sources are the evidence that support your claims.

Digitized primary sources are great options for adding visual texture and information to your zine page.

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