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POSC 409: Women and Politics

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Required Material

Scholarly Articles

Use these databases as starting points for searching for scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. The subjects covered and journals housed within these databases range over multiple subjects.



You can use this search bar to locate books for your work. Below is a list of some recommended searches for you to try. Copy them as is.

  • su: Women political activity
  • su: Women political candidates
  • su: Gender identity political aspects
  • su: Sex discrimination

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Did you know if there is a book at any Pepperdine Library in California, you can have it placed on hold for you at Payson Library? If a book is marked as available in the catalog, just press the request button on book page and library staff will pull it for you and it will be placed on the hold shelf. This also includes books at Payson.

Primary Sources

Primary sources can be useful in understanding first hand the various issues women faced within the political and social realms of life. Below are  resources to get you started, but if you would like further assistance locating primary sources for your work please let me know!

Data, Statistics, & Grey Literature

The information presented in this section contain non-peer reviewed information, but still may prove useful to your research interests. Here you will find a selection of data sources and grey literature, which are publications produced outside of traditional academic and commercial means and are commonly related to political issues.

Reference Materials

Need Books or Articles We Do Not Own?

If you find any articles, books, or book chapters you would like to read but cannot access through the Pepperdine Libraries you can make a request for our staff to ask other libraries to send it to us. To request something, either locate it in the library catalog, open the individual library record, and click the request button. This will fill out the request form and all you need to do is update your information. You can also fill out the form manually following this link:

You can learn more about interlibrary loan through this guide here: