Women's and Gender Studies

Subject Guides

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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

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.


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.

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

Presents material from books, articles, pamphlets, etc. that relate to the history of social movements in the United States.

Subject-Specific Databases

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

Find scholarly research relating to historical topics.  This database looks at world history for all areas other than North America.

For literature studies, this is the premier database to use.  

This is the premier place to find scholarly articles, book chapters, and dissertations that relate to psychology, health, and mental illness.  Use in conjunction with PubMed.

Articles relating to health and health related issues.

Excellent scholarly articles that relate to the social sciences, including social justice issues like reproductive rights, population decline, and mental illness and gender.

For articles, use Multisearch. Multisearch searches more than sixty databases at one time.  


Discover articles and books from many of our databases.

Multidisciplinary Databases for WaGS

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.

Search multiple databases at one time.  Includes contemporary and historical newspapers, dissertations, scholarly and popular articles, government documents, and much more.

Articles from journals published by Johns Hopkins, many of them focused on the humanities.

Need help finding background on a particular theory?  Try these:

You can search online in these recommended reference databases-- they provide academic background on a variety of theories.  Specifically, these three databases are a great place to start. Type in the theory that you wish to research:

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

Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories. (Ebook and in print at Ref 305.4201 C648e) London: Routledge, 2000.

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

Feminist Political Theory. (2nd floor, 305.4201 B848) New York: Palgrave, 2016.

Gender : sources, perspectives, and methodologies. (Ebook). Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference, 2016.  

Handbook of feminist family studies. (Ebook). Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage, c2009.

Historical dictionary of feminist philosophy. (Ref 305.4201 G171) Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2006.

Key concepts in feminist theory and research. (Ebook). London: SAGE, 2002

The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. (Ebook). London: SAGE, 2014.

The Literature Review: A Research Journey - An overview of the literature review iterative process. This particular guide has an educational focus, but a literature review for any discipline has similar steps and processes. From the Harvard Library.

Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students - This 9-1/2 minute video explains what a literature review is, and why it is important for graduate student research. From North Carolina State University.

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Find a list of biographical articles for people from around the world.

Find a variety of short or long biographies for people from around the world.

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.

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.

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.

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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