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Introduction to Feminist Theories : Women's Studies 3050


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:

Dictionary of Feminist Theory Ref  HQ1115.H86 1995  
A Glossary of Feminist Theory      Ref  HQ 1190 .A53 1997
Contemporary Literary Criticism  Ref  PN 813  .C6
Dictionary of Literary Biography    Ref  PS 221 .D5 
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

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:  feminist, feminist theory, feminist literary theory, women, sex differences, feminism, feminism and literature, women and literature

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.  Most of these databases are available off campus through Stewart Library's remote access system.  

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)  Full-text.
  • 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 as well as the sophisticated casual user. 
  • America: History and Life  Indexes scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. 1964-Present.
  • 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.

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:

Hypatia  available online only
Feminist Studies         HQ 1.F329  
Journal of Gender Studies  HQ 1.J869
Differences         HQ 1.D569
Signs       HQ 1.S578

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

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 December 30, 2008 . Please send comments to Kathy Payne
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