This is a subject guide for resources in Women's Studies.
Members of Alpha Gamma, the women's honor organization, pose at the President's Home at Pepperdine College, 1938. They are joined by J. Herman Campbell, Registrar and faculty adviser to the group.
Common call number searches for Women's Studies:
- Eating Disorders - RC552.E18
- Education of Women - LC1401-2547.2
- Etiquette for Women - BJ1856-1986
- Feminism - HQ1101-2030.7
- Feminist Theory - HQ1190
- History of Women in American Literature - PS169.G45-683.W65
- History of Women in English Literature - PR151.W6-1309
- More call nos.
Women's Studies is Interdisciplinary -- think broadly and outside the box!
|Included in this guide are many types of information sources. To thoroughly research a topic in Women's Studies, you need to have skills in assessing the reliability of the information you are looking at.
- Who did the research?
- How large (or small) was the participant group?
- How inclusive or exclusive were the researcher(s)?
- Was there bias in the analysis?
- What was not considered -- what did they ignore or overlook?
And finding, evaluating, using, and citing good quality Web sites is an absolute necessity. Many organizations (like the U.N. and the Institute for Women's Policy Research) contains current data and only publish on the web.
Your resources should include: Reference books, books, journal articles, AND Web sites of quality. Scrutinize all resources!
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
Access to encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Titles can be searched alone, by subject, or all titles can be searched together.
- Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History
Includes 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.
- Biography in Context
Provides biographical information on more than 380,000 people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. The database also provides full-text articles from over 300 magazines and newspapers and includes more than 27,000 images. Links to more than 19,000 Web sites tied to the lives and works of the subjects.
- American National Biography
Access to portraits of more than 19,000 men and women, updated quarterly with new and revised entries, features thousands of illustrations, more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, links to select web sites, and powerful search capabilities. Includes over 900 articles from The Oxford Companion to United States History, providing historical and social context to the biographies.
- Dictionary of National Biography
Access to over 58,200 articles on notable people who shaped British history worldwide, from the 4th century BC to the year 2008. In addition to outlining a person's activities, character, and significance, each article also includes dates and places of key events, information on parents and spouses, and places of residence. One in five articles is accompanied by an image of the person who is the subject of the article.
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