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Reducing Inequalities
In many countries, women, people of color, LGBTQ+, religious minorities, low-income, indigenous people, and people with disabilities lack access to and power over resources while facing disproportionate risks. Among other concerns, they are more likely to be victims of violence and prosecution, face environmental risks and social exclusion, lack access to healthcare and education, not receive equal pay, and have a limited ability to participate in decision making.

The purpose of this challenge is to address the root causes and consequences of inequalities in a specific community at the local, state, national, or international level. Identify a context, research the people, places, and issues relevant to it, and propose innovative solutions to mitigate the inequalities you discover. Be sure to interview several stakeholders and interested groups to better inform your project.

Getting Started

Reference resources provide a starting point for your research projects.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference provides hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and more in one place. Below is a sample of keyword searches in Credo Reference related to this topic:

Call Numbers and Subject Headings

You can use the list of call numbers and subject headings below as keyword searches in our catalog and databases, or you can go to these sections of the library to find books on these topics.

  • HC79-92 – Social Sciences special topics, Discrimination
  • HD6050-6305 -Classes of Labor, discrimination in labor
  • HQ70 – HQ230 -LGBTQ+ History
  • E70-E158 -United States African American and Native American History


Books from Lane Library

The books in this list are located either in the Franzen Center on Floor 3A or as an e-book.

Search terms for additional books in Lane Library’s catalog:

Discovery Search: Search Lane Library’s books, ebooks, and articles in one place.

Books from other libraries

WorldCat: Search for books not available at Lane Library and borrow from other libraries for free through interlibrary loan.



The following databases are useful places to search for Inequality related articles. Contact a librarian if you would like more information on how to search for articles on your specific topic.

Get articles from other libraries

If you cannot find a full-text version of the article you need, request it through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan is a free service that allows you to borrow books and articles from other libraries. Find answers to frequently asked questions about ILL here.

Government Sources, Statistics, and Websites

Government source

Statistics on Income Inequality in the United States


Peter Conlon

Conlon, Peter

Assistant Librarian - Access Services

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