Last Updated: Oct 2, 2013
Women's Studies is a cross-disciplinary field, so check with your professor to see which style guide is preferred for your class. These APA, MLA, and Chicago guides include tips on creating citations and organizing a research paper.
Check the tabs for other pages about Women's Studies.
- Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is the best general database to search, with more than 8,300 journals in all academic disciplines, and more than 4,600 full-text journals.
- Women and Social Movements in the United States
This allows you to search by person's name or browse by social movement (like the Woman Suffrage Movement). Has both primary and secondary sources and a short explanatory introduction for each section.
- Women and Social Movements International
Includes both primary and secondary sources. Search by name or browse by social movement.
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Search for books in the box below with keywords relating to Women's Studies. For example:
- women's studies
- women's studies _________ [here add the name of a country]
- women and gender
If your first search brings up too many irrelevant items, try using the Refine by Topic suggestions in the box on the left of the search results screen.
Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender
Call Number: Reference HQ16 .E52 2007 v. 1–4
Snapshots of world culture as it relates to women and gender. Four volumes of signed entries on virtually every aspect of the subject, with bibliographies and a thematic outline.
The American Woman
Call Number: Third Level HQ1402 .A4
An every-other-year publication, each volume analyzing in depth a different aspect of the role of women in the U.S.
Women's Studies Encyclopedia
Call Number: Reference HQ1115 .W645 1999 v. 1–3
A three-volume classic in a straightforward, readable style. Designed to be used at many levels in the field of women's studies, from academics to business to practical research.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
Call Number: Reference HA202
Use it online!
Published by the Census Bureau, the Statistical Abstract is a great first place to look for government-produced statistics of any kind, including statistics on women and women's issues. See here
for information broken down by sex, age, and race.
The Women's Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third-Wave Feminism
Call Number: Reference HQ1115 .W644 2006 v. 1–2
Taking a term that was born out of 1992's controversial Supreme Court hearings, these two volumes divide the history of modern feminism into three parts and focus on the third. Vol. 1 is a straightforward encyclopedia, while Vol. 2 is topical rather than alphabetical; articles include "Surfergrrrls," "The Buffy Effect," and "Is Biracial Enough?"
Compiles data on key gender topics from national statistics agencies, United Nations databases, and surveys conducted or funded by the World Bank.
- Woman Stats Project
This site compiles information about women's issues from sources such as governmental databases, news, reports, and scholarly articles. The ability to compare many countries at once is very valuable, but you must create a free account to search, and the search is only by specified codes that you need to use.
- World Health Organization
The WHO maintains statistics and does policy analysis on all aspects of health. Their Reproductive Health
page is good for general information about issues around women's health.
- The National Council for Research on Women
A network of more than 100 U.S. centers of research, advocacy, and policy about women. Check out their conference archives and other reports. Their Find the Experts
page breaks it all down by topic.
- Women's Studies in Digital Archives
Indexed and reviewed, with a brief descriptions of the archive, tips for searching, descriptions of their women's studies content, including lists of primary-source types.
Books recently added to the Lindell collection in the HQ category.
Created by Rebecca Ganzel in Fall 2009