2021 Black in Physics Wikithon resources for Wikipedia editors

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This resources page was compiled by AIP’s Niels Bohr Library & Archives and Center for History of Physics staff as a place to consult and cite as you work to edit Wikipedia. If you have questions, contact us at nbl@aip.org.


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General Resources

The following sources contain a variety of background information or cover multiple individuals.


Resources on Individuals

Not sure where to start your research? Here are some general tips for finding sources on individuals:

  • Search for their name on Google news: https://news.google.com/topstories?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US:en
  • Search for their name on Google books: books.google.com 
  • Search their affiliated university or college news sources: alumni magazines, college newspapers, etc.
  • Search their personal or professional website or homepage.
  • If while searching for their name you encounter a lot of people with similarly spelled names, try putting quotations around your name or other search terms to narrow down your results.
    • For example, instead of searching for:              Warren E. Henry
      Try searching for:                                                   “Warren E. Henry”
  • If your individual has a common first or last name, you can also try adding additional search terms to narrow down your results.
    • For example, try searching for:              Warren Henry physics
      Or search for:                                           Warren Henry Howard University physics
  • If the individual already has a Wikipedia page, take a look at the sources it includes. Check to see if there is more information in that source that could be used in the page which previous Wikipedia editors may have overlooked.

The following sources contain information on specific Black physicists, listed in alphabetical order by last name.