james j audubon print of pink flamingo

This resource guide has been designed for students in  ANIMALS & POLITICS, a Fall 2023 Expos 20 course taught by Sparsha Saha.

The resources and strategies described on this page invite you, first of all, to explore widely and to think creatively and flexibly about what sources of research can be. 

Animal Studies is a rich and multi-faceted topic: it has generated interest across the academic disciplines, and across cultures, time periods, and formats. 

So see our suggestions simply as starting points -- a preliminary toolkit or research workbench.

They represent our first best guesses at where you might find background research, primary source materials, and current scholarly conversations to use in your essays and capstone project. As you proceed, other resources or other problem-solving strategies may have to be added in.

Remember that good research is often about following up on hunches, testing out a hypothesis and then seeing where else (or to what else) it leads. You may need to try several search combinations before you strike gold. 

Let me know if questions arise at any point in your project. We'll triage by email or set up a time to meet in person in Lamont or online on Zoom.

Enjoy your work! 

Sue Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Programs for Writing, Lamont Library, Room 210


Image, above: American Flamingo, James J. Audubon, 1838