“Back Alley Abortion:” A Rhetorical History, 1945-1980

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“Back Alley Abortion”: A Rhetorical History, 1945-1980

Date: May 2019

Location: University of Minnesota

Faculty PI: Emily Winderman, Communications (there were also 2 undergraduate research assistants)

Librarian Project Manager: Shanda Hunt

Libraries Team: Alicia Kubas, Cody Hennessy, Lois Hendrickson, Linnea Anderson

Sprint Activities and Accomplishments

This Sprint built an exhaustive archive of where and how the phrase Back Alley Abortion (and very closely related phrasing) circulated between the years of 1945-1980This included the following activities and accomplishments: 

  • -A Zotero library and supporting bibliographic files and search strategies from the fields of health, government, history, popular culture & media, communications & journalism, sociology, policy, and women’s studies.

  • -Extensive archival instructions, sources, and future directions

  • -Both targeted and broad gray literature search results.

  • -Documentation of research methodology

  • -A presentation and review of timeline tools and NVivo software

  • -A presentation on scholarly communication by guest librarian, Jenny McBurney

  • -Contacts for Libraries services/persons for future reference, including media support, qualitative tools, scholarly communications, publishing, and text analysis.

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