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Library Research Guide for: Gender and Women's Studies (Display only the highlighted/core resources).

This guide is to help you start your research in the subject area of Gender and Women's Studies. Please contact the Reference Desk for help with any of these resources or for assistance finding more advanced or specific information: 218-755-3342, 1-800-860-0234, or use the Email Reference Service.

Find Articles from Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers

    Discipline specific indexes, abstracts and bibliographies

  CQ Researcher
"The CQ Researcher covers a wide range of social, economic, political, and environmental issues. Each report is divided into specific sections to guide research. Students can go directly to the section they need or can read the entire report."
"JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references."
"PsycARTICLES is a database of full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber. The database includes all material from the print journals."
"PsycINFO provides access to international literature in psychology and related disciplines. Unrivaled in its depth of psychological coverage and respected worldwide for its high quality, the database is enriched with literature from an array of disciplines related to psychology such as psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work."
  Social Services Abstracts
"Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,600 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews."
[view ProQuest fact sheet for database]
  Sociological Abstracts
"Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,700 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and non-evaluative abstracts of journal articles."

    Historical news reports

  Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
    Full-text, 1986 to date
Minnesota's most important daily newspaper in full text, 1986- . Minneapolis Tribune, 1867-1922 presents full articles in PDF format and page maps in JPEG format.

    Multidisciplinary indexes, abstracts and bibliographies

  Academic Search Premier
"Academic Search Premier contains indexing for nearly 8,050 publications, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. Academic Search Premier contains full text coverage in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc."
  Expanded Academic ASAP
"This premier database offers balanced coverage of every academic concentration - from advertising and microbiology to history and women's studies... Balanced coverage is available through more than 4,200 indexed and more than 2,500 full-text titles in a wide variety of disciplines including: social science journals, humanities journals, science and technology journals, national news periodicals, general interest magazines, newswires, The New York Times and many others. More than 2,800 journals are refereed, and more than 20 years of backfile coverage are included...."
  Nexis Uni
Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790—with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.
  Project MUSE
"Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. Since 1995 the MUSE journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, launched in January 2012, offer top quality book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content." [View Project MUSE tutorials and User Guides].
  ProQuest US Newsstream
Indexes over 350 state, national, and international newspapers and provides the full text of articles for more than 250 of them.
  SAGE Journals Online with access to Sage Full Text Collections
"SAGE publishes more than 500 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine."

Find Facts, Definitions and Overviews

    Encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauruses

  Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History
"The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History captures the experiences of women throughout history...Although there has been extensive research on women in history by region, no other text or reference work has comprehensively covered the role women have played throughout world history. With over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies, Women in World History is the definitive reference work in the field."--web site
  SAGE Knowledge
Search and browse the full-text of authoritative social science reference content, including encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries.

    General reference sources

  Credo Reference
Includes searchable electronic versions of 100 reputable encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, atlases, and other reference tools from a wide range of disciplines.

Find Laws, Legislation and Legal Information

    Federal (U.S.)

Read the leading nonpartisan weekly on politics, policy and government. Includes the National Journal plus:
  ProQuest Congressional
"Explore government in action with the most comprehensive online resource available for Congressional hearings, public issues, legislation, history, and legal research."

Find Statistics and Data

    Statistical resources

  ProQuest Statistical Insight
"Enjoy fast and easy access to statistics produced by federal agencies, states, and intergovernmental organizations with advanced PowerTables functionality."

Internet Resources

    Associations, organizations and societies

  Feminist Majority Foundation Online
"The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically."
  Institute for Women's Policy Research
"The Institute for Women's Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies."
  International Center for Research on Women
"ICRW was founded in 1976 in response to concerns that international development interventions were benefiting men and women unequally – to the detriment of entire societies.At the time, women’s roles and responsibilities, their needs and concerns, and their contributions and constraints were invisible to those who determined how countries spent funds to combat poverty, illiteracy and poor health. ICRW was established to make visible the invisible." "In 2016, ICRW merged with Re:Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women). Both organizations value the power of research in crafting policy and designing services that not only serve the needs of women and girls but strive to transform their social status and economic well-being. ICRW and Re:Gender are venerable research organizations that have been engaged for decades in advocating for women’s rights and human rights."
  National Women's History Project
"The National Women's History Project, founded in 1980, is an educational nonprofit organization. Our mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs."

    Digital libraries and collections

  Discovering American Women's History Online
"This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to interviews with women engineers from the 1970s."
  Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project
"The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project, a digital collection published by George Washington University's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is committed to making Eleanor Roosevelt's political papers available online. Roosevelt was one of the most significant American women of the twentieth century, and remains one of the most admired. As First Lady, journalist, activist, diplomat, Democratic Party leader, and public speaker, Roosevelt helped shape not only the United States but also the United Nations and the path we still follow toward the greater protection of human rights. This digital collection includes newspaper and journal articles written by Roosevelt, transcripts from Roosevelt on TV and radio, and letters between Roosevelt and JFK."
  Women Working, 1800-1930
"Women Working, 1800–1930 is a digital exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression. Working conditions, workplace regulations, home life, costs of living, commerce, recreation, health and hygiene, and social issues are among the issues documented in this online research collection from Harvard University."
  Women's Studies Core Books
"The Women's Studies Core Books database is a project of the Association of College & Research Libraries — Women's Studies Section. Book titles currently in print are selected by academic librarians who volunteer to maintain a subject area. The project assists Women's Studies librarians and collection development librarians in building Women's Studies collections and can also serve as a guide to instructional faculty in selecting available course readings."
  Women's Studies Database
"The University of Maryland women's studies web site, begun in September 1992, serves those people interested in the women's studies profession and in general women's issues."
  Women's Studies in Digital Archives
"The purpose of Women’s Studies in Digital Archives is to provide access to primary source materials for women's studies within digital archives. Although not comprehensive, it is a starting point for discovering some of the wonderful resources for women's studies that have only recently become widely available with the practice of digitizing select primary source materials from special collections."
  Women's Travel Diaries
This collection, in Duke University Libraries Digital Collections, includes over 100 diaries written by British and American women who documented their travels to places around the globe, including India, the West Indies, countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as around the United States.

    Recommended websites

  American Women
American Women is a "gateway to Library of Congress resources for the study of women's history and culture in the United States."
  American Women Through Time
This site facilitates the study of specific time periods in American women's history.
  American Women's History: A Research Guide
"American Women's History provides citations to print and Internet reference sources, as well as to selected large primary source collections. The guide also provides information about the tools researchers can use to find additional books, articles, dissertations, and primary sources."
  Childinfo: Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women
"This website contains UNICEF’s statistical information, including data used in UNICEF’s flagship publications, The State of the World’s Children and Progress for Children. Also here are technical resources for conducting UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), which are a major source of global development data." ~from website
  Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World
"Gifts of Speech is a non-profit project, sponsored by Sweet Briar College, dedicated to preserving and creating access to speeches by inspirational, influential and contemporary, women from around the world."
  Other Women's Voices
"Translations of women's writing before 1700. Links will take you to passages from over 125 women writers. The entries are on women who produced a substantial amount of work before 1700, some or all of which has been translated into modern English. Each entry will tell you about the print sources from which the translated passages are taken; it will also tell you of useful secondary sources and Internet sites, when those are available."
  Women in Congress
T"his Web site, based on the book Women in Congress, 1917–2006, contains biographical profiles of former women Members of Congress, links to information about current women Members, essays on the institutional and national events that shaped successive generations of Congresswomen, and images of each woman Member, including rare photos."
  Women's Studies/ Women's Issues Resource Site
"Women's Studies / Women's Issues Resource Sites is a selective, annotated, highly acclaimed listing of web sites containing resources and information about women's studies / women's issues, with an emphasis on sites of particular use to an academic women's studies program."
"Womenwatch is the central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system, including the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Secretariat, regional commissions, funds, programmes, specialized agencies, and academic and research institutions. The portal contains a directory of resources on selected topics including the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action, statistics and indicators, gender mainstreaming and online clearinghouses on themes currently on the United Nations global agenda, such as climate change. Recent developments also include UNGENews, a real-time news feed of all United Nations news on gender equality and empowerment of women. Multi-lingual sections of Womenwatch are currently being developed, with the objective to make the Womenwatch directory of resources as multi-lingual as possible, i.e. available in all UN official working languages, English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian."

Research and Writing Assistance

    Research guides and style manuals

  BSU Interlibrary Loan Services
The BSU Interlibrary Loan service is available for ordering materials not available in the BSU Library, or accessible through the Library's electronic collections.
Journal articles requested are delivered electronically. Books, videos, DVDs, and all other returnable items can be ordered for pick up at the BSU Library, or, for distance learners, delivery to your home. The Delivery Service for Distance Learners webpage provides further information on this service, which is available by application only.
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