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Introduction to Women's Studies : Women's Studies 1500


Library  Resources

Stewart Library owns or has access to a large number of resources to help in your research.  

Getting Started:  if you're not sure of a topic or need some background information, reference books can be very helpful.  Some good ones to start with are:

Notable twentieth-century Latin American women : a biographical dictionary Ref CT 3290.N68 2001
Native American women : a biographical dictionary Ref E98.W8B38 2001 
Sister days : 365 inspired moments in African American women's history Ref E185.86A29 2000  
International encyclopedia of women and sports Ref GV709.I58 2000
Dictionary of Feminist Theory Ref  HQ1115.H86 1995  
Encyclopedia of women in the ancient world Ref HQ1127.S25 2001
What American women did, 1789-1920 : a year-by-year reference Ref HQ1154.C665 2001
A Glossary of Feminist Theory      Ref  HQ 1190 .A53 1997
The almanac of women and minorities in American politics 2002 Ref   HQ 236.5 .U6 M3779 2001
A to Z of American women leaders and activists Ref  HQ1412.L36 2002
Significant Contemporary American Feminists Ref  HQ 1412 .S56 1999
American Women's History   Ref  HQ 1115 .W4 1994
Women in World History - a Biographical Encyclopedia Ref  HQ 1115 .W6 1999
Women in the Third World Ref HQ 1870 .W6548
United States Government Documents on Women Ref HQ 1410 .H85 1993
Asian Pacific American women in higher education : claiming visibility & voice Ref LC2633.6.H85 1998
The quotable woman : the first 5,000 years Ref PN6081.5.Q65 2001
Encyclopedia of women's health issues Ref RA 778.G39 2002

You can find many other reference books on Women's Studies by browsing the call number area:  HQ 1000 to HQ 2000.

A good place to find information on current issues is the CQ Researcher.  The newest one is kept behind the Reference Desk.  It's also available on the web:  CQ Researcher.  

Finding Books:  

Use the WSU online catalog to find what books and other materials, such as videos,  the Library owns.  The catalog will provide the location and availability of the resource,  We also have a subscription to Netlibrary, which provides access to electronic books.

Good keywords to use include:  gender identity, feminist, feminism, women, sex differences, sex role

Finding Articles:  

The best way to find articles is to use one of the Library's article databases.   These databases provide references to articles in journals.  In some cases, the actual article is available on the computer.  Our databases are available from home or work.  Just click on the link and enter your ID number when prompted.  Don't know your ID or pin number?  Directions are available on our Off-Campus Access page.

Useful databases for Women's Studies include:

  • Contemporary Women's Issues  Contemporary women's issues on health and human rights, some full-text. 1992 - present, updates every two weeks.
  • GenderWatch    Newspaper, magazine, and journal articles addressing the impact of gender in society.  1990-Present (with selected articles from the 1970's and 1980's)  Fulltext.
  • Ethnic Newswatch  Articles from ethnic newspapers published in the U.S.  1960 - present.  Fulltext.  Search in English or Spanish.
  • America: History and Life   Indexes scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. 1964-Present.
  • JSTOR  Full text, scholarly articles in the field of Feminist and Women's Studies
  • MLA Bibliography  comprehensive index to articles on literature, literary criticism and language.
  • Literature Resource Center   a complete literature reference database designed for both the undergraduate and graduate student - a good place to look for basic biographical information and critical analysis.

Academic Search Premier  is a general database that allows you to search important journals in many fields, including Women's Studies.  It has many full-text articles.

What to know if we have a journal online?  Check out our Full text Electronic Journals and Newspapers search page.

If you are doing research on women's issues in a specific field, it can be helpful to look in a database specific to that field.  For example:  to research women executives look in a business database, to research women and domestic violence look in a criminal justice database.  Ask a librarian to help determine which database is best for your topic.

Browsing Current  Periodicals: 

You can also browse through journals and magazines.  This can be helpful when you're looking for a topic.  Current issues are on the 1st floor south, older volumes on the 2nd floor.  Titles in the field include:

Journal of Women's History HQ1.J865
Feminist Studies         HQ 1.F329  online in several databases
Journal of Gender Studies  HQ 1.J869  online in several databases
Differences         HQ 1.D569  online in several databases
Signs       HQ 1.S578  online in several databases

Check the title of the journal on the Full text Electronic Journals and Newspapers search page to see where to access the journals online.

You can also browse the HQ 1 area to see what other titles are available.

Government Publications: 

Government Publications are great places to find information on women.  The library has a good collection of Federal and Utah State documents.   Many are available on the web, as are government publications from the UN, foreign governments, other states and organizations.  Some are listed on the Library's online catalog, but most can be difficult to find.  Try your favorite search engine or ask a librarian to help.

Interlibrary Loan:

If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Web Resources

There's a lot of good information out on the web.  Unfortunately, some it's not so good, so be sure to evaluate, evaluate, evaluate!  Some interesting places to start looking are:

Research Tips

  • Clearly identify your information need
  • Identify key words and search terms to match your topic
  • Develop search statements using advanced search techniques
    • Boolean logic, adjacency searching and truncation
  • Use the Online catalog to find books, videos and other materials
  • Use an  appropriate article database to find journal articles, ask a librarian for help if you're not sure what's best
  • Use Interlibrary loan to get materials that are not in Stewart Library
  • Use search engines to find Web information
  • Carefully evaluate the information you find for usefulness and quality
  • Revise your search terms and strategy to expand or narrow your results, be creative, look in other areas
  • Use appropriate style to document and cite research
  • Ask for HELP at  Reference, via phone or email

Updated March 18, 2009 . Please send comments to Kathy Payne
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