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Search by any keyword(s), e.g. women and mass media.  Use the keyword search to find a book on your topic and then explore the subject heading(s), e.g. women in mass media for more books on your topic.  Not finding what you need?  Search Link+ in the same way, and request books using your SMC login and password.  The books will be sent to SMC, usually in 3-5 working days.

Reference Sources

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Dictionary of Feminist Theory. (Ref 305.4201 H883a) 2nd ed. Columbus: Ohio State University, 1995.

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society - From Sage e-Knowledge, c2009

Encyclopedia of Women and Gender - From Credo Reference, 2012.  Provides comprehensive coverage on many topics that encompass current research and scholarship on the psychology of women and gender, e.g. "body image."

The Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World From Sage e-Knowledge, 2011.  Covers the full range of issues in contemporary women's studies.

Includes Dictionary of Women Worldwide and Women in American Society.  Try keywords and search phrases such as "sex traffic*".  Note the results come from different reference works that will have different perspectives.

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women's Issues Worldwide. (Ref 305.42 W171) Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2003.

Key Concepts in Feminist Theory and Research - Sage, 2002.  An e-book from ebrary.  


Encyclopedia of Associations - From Gale Directories.  This is a great place to search for national women's organizations.

General Interest

Summaries of controversial issues with pros and cons, bibliographies, statistics, and analysis.  Results are listed by relevancy.  For the most current, change to sort by date.

Current events and social issues from different points of view.  Opinion and facts, with full text of articles from reference sources, scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers.



Discover articles and books from many of our databases.


Other Databases for WaGS

Supports multiple disciplines of study and includes journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, and much more.  Includes Women Studies Abstracts and Women's Studies Database

A great place to get scholarly articles in sociology-related topics.

Includes multiple disciplines including education, business, science, humanities, social sciences, and coverage from Readers' Guide FT.

Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.

Full text database of newspapers, magazines and journals from alternative and independent presses.  These viewpoints and perspectives complement and challenge mainstream media coverage.

Full text database of newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native presses.

Get a range of sources relating to public policy issues.  Sources include conference papers, scholarly and popular articles, government documents, government reports, newspapers, and more.

Presents books, images, documents, scholarly essays, commentaries, and bibliographies...

Full-text access to journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and other presses....


Biography reference bank combines the complete content of Wilson's Biographies Plus Illustrated...

Combines over 300,000 biographies on more than 200,000 people from 70 Gale Group sources such as...

Distinguished Women of Past and Present - This site has biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers and others.

Famous American Women: A Biographical Dictionary from Colonial Times to the Present. (Ref 920.073 F211) New York: Dover, 1983.

Lesser-known Women: A Biographical Dictionary. (Ref 920.72 G581) Boulder: Lynne Reinner, 1992.

National First Ladies' Library

Notable American Women, 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary. (Ref 920.72 N843) Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971

Notable American Women, The Modern Period: A Biographical Dictionary. (Ref 920.72 N843a) Cambridge: Belknap, 1980.

Prominent Women of the 20th Century. (Ref 920.72 Sa12) 4 vols. New York: UXL, 1996.

Women Nobel Prize Laureates - Listings of all female Nobel Prize Laureates. Links take you to biographical information. There is also full text of other biographies available through another directory of links. See also Nobel Prize Laureates, a collection of speeches by the women awarded the prizes.

WaGS views from the Web

Want to find views within an organization?  Here is a great way to do it via Google:

What is your topic?  Do that search and then add on a site search.  For example: body image site:.org     The results will all be from a .org.  You still need to go carefully through the results as not all .org sites are what you seek.  (For instance, Wikipedia is a .org site).  Other important organizations can be found in many of the links below.

Feminist Majority Foundation Online - Feminist news, including subjects related to sports, politics, health, literature, and more. Searchable.

Feminism and Women's Studies- Browse a variety of broad fields to study feminist theory. 

Gifts of Speech - Women's speeches from around the world

University of Wisconsin System, Women's Studies Librarian's Office - Provides information and direct access to many periodical and monograph publication related to Women's Studies.

WGSSLINKS: Women and Gender Studies Web Sites - Part of the WWW-Virtual Library, includes subjects on business, culture, health,history, politics, Lesbian sites, science, theology, and more. Sites are annotated.

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