When researching minoritized populations, think about terms people within those groups might use to describe themselves and terms members of other groups might use. For example, there is no shared consensus on people-first or identify-first language in the disability community. While some individuals prefer people first language (e.g. people with disabilities), others prefer identity first language (e.g. disabled person). To complicate matters even more, others use the terms "special needs" or "differently abled," which are contested within the disability community.
When researching populations known by different terms, use the Boolean operators: AND, OR, and NOT.
|"people with disabilities" OR "disabled people"||Maximizes your search by pulling up results that use either term.|
|"people with disabilities" AND "disabled people"||Narrows your search because results must include both terms.|
|"people with disabilities" NOT "disabled people"||Narrows your search because it specifically excludes a phrase.|
Intersectionality considers multiple facets of people's social identities. Though you may be searching for articles about disabled people, that group is not monolithic as disabled people run the gamut in terms of gender, class, race, and religious identity. Consider using the Boolean operator AND during your searches or conducting multiple searches.