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Research Guide - Women's Studies

Electronic Research Databases

Finding Journals

Style Guide

Library of Congress Classification System

Web Sites of Interest


Electronic Research Databases

Academic Search Elite (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides full text for more than 2,050 publications, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,468 journals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.

LexisNexis Academic (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs, including: national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources; U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information; Shepard's Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789; and business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news.

MLA International Bibliography  (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Is an index of journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1963 and contains over 1.5 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers. Coverage is international and subjects include literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory & criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included.

America: History and Life (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Is a complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Published since 1964, the database comprises over 490,000 bibliographic entries for periodicals dating back to 1954, providing an incomparable research tool for students and researchers of US and Canadian history.

Readers Guide Retrospective - (Link to Database - On-campus / Off-Campus)- Provides searching of nearly 100 years of coverage from some 375 U.S. magazines. Reports of historical events from the perspective of when they happened. Time span 1890-1982.

North American Women's Letters & Diaries (Colonial to 1950) (Link to Database – On-campus / Off-Campus) - Includes the immediate experiences of 1,235 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters.


Finding Journals

Guide to Periodicals & Periodical Articles.

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List (link to search screen) to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Jounrals - Gender Studies. "Free full text, quality controlled ... scholarly journals."


Style Guide

Visit the ARC-Academic Resource Center for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library at Calvin College - this is a citation creation tool.

Visit bibme, an online bibliography maker for help with APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles.

PE 1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference/Diana Hacker - Location - Circulation Desk


Library of Congress Classification System – LC Subject Headings

HQ1-2044 The Family. Marriage. Women

HQ12-449 Sexual life

HQ19-30.7 Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality

HQ75-76.8 Homosexuality. Lesbianism

HQ101-440.7 Prostitution

HQ503-1064 The family. Marriage. Home

HQ755.7-759.92 Parents. Parenthood Including parent and child, husbands, fathers, wives, mothers

HQ799.5-799.9 Young men and women

HQ801-801.83 Man-woman relationships. Courtship. Dating

HQ802 Matrimonial bureaus. Marriage brokerage

HQ802.5 Matrimonial advertisements

HQ803 Temporary marriage. Trial marriage. Companionate marriage

HQ804 Breach of promise

HQ805 Desertion

HQ806 Adultery

HQ811-960.7 Divorce

HQ961-967 Free love

HQ981-996 Polygamy

HQ997 Polyandry

HQ998-999 Illegitimacy. Unmarried mothers

HQ1058-1058.5 Widows and widowers. Widowhood

HQ1060-1064 Aged. Gerontology (Social aspects). Retirement

HQ1073-1073.5 Thanatology. Death. Dying

HQ1075-1075.5 Sex role

HQ1101-2030.7 Women. Feminism

HQ1871-2030.7 Women's clubs


Web Sites of Interest

Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement – "The materials in this on-line archival collection document various aspects of the Women's Liberation Movement in the United States, and focus specifically on the radical origins of this movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Items range from radical theoretical writings to humourous plays to the minutes of an actual grassroots group."

Emma Goldman Papers – "The Emma Goldman Papers Project, at the University of California, Berkeley has collected, organized, and edited tens of thousands of documents by and about Goldman from around the world … Most of the material is new to the scholarly community and provides a window not only into Goldman but also into social and cultural movements in late nineteenth- and early twentieth- century America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. … Since 1990, the Project has toured an exhibition of thirty-eight reproductions of historical photographs, personal letters, government documents and other memorabilia."

Suffragists Oral History Project - "Seven major figures in twentieth-century suffragist history are represented here with full-length oral histories. These include Alice Paul, founder and leader of the more militant organization called the National Woman's Party, which made suffrage a mainstream issue through public demonstrations and protests; Sara Bard Field, a mother, lover, poet, and social and political reformer, whose interactions with California artists and political activists gave her a national profile; Burnita Shelton Matthews, a District of Columbia federal judge; Helen Valeska Bary, who campaigned for woman's suffrage in Los Angeles and later had a prominent career in labor and social security administration; Jeannette Rankin, a Montana suffrage campaigner and the first woman elected to Congress, who recalls Carrie Chapman Catt, the League of Women Voters, and her lifelong work for world peace; Mabel Vernon, who is credited for the advance work of gathering the throngs of people to greet Alice Paul and her entourage on their famous coast-to-coast suffrage campaign in the fall of 1915; and Rebecca Hourwich Reyher, who gives an account of working with Alice Paul in organizing the Woman's Party."

Women in America, 1820-1842 – "Text of …eighteen travelers included here--Irish, German, Scotch, English, and French--pieced together form a more complete and varied picture of the life of American women."

Women Working, 1870-1930 (Harvard) –"Women Working, 1870-1930 provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard's library and museum collections. This collection explores women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Working conditions, conditions in the home, costs of living, recreation, health and hygiene, conduct of life, policies and regulations governing the workplace, and social issues are all well documented. The collection will contain more than 2,200 books and pamphlets, 1,000 photographs and 10,000 pages from manuscript collections."

Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) – "The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) is a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on issues of critical importance to women and their families. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation."

WomenWatch: The UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women – "WomenWatch is a 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 Secretariat, regional commissions, funds, programmes, specialized agencies and academic and research institutions. It is a joint United Nations project created in March 1997 to provide Internet space for global gender equality issues and to support implementation of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action. Since 1997 the intergovernmental mandate has expanded, for example through the outcome document of the Twenty-third special session of the General Assembly in June 2000 and Security Council resolution 1325 of October 2000. The website now also provides information on the outcomes of, as well as efforts to incorporate gender perspectives into follow-up to global conferences."

Statistical Abstract of the United States – "A collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States"

International Institute of Social History/Women's History – "It is one of the world's largest documentary and research institutions in the field of social history in general and the history of the labour movement in particular." Includes – "ViVa A Bibliography of Women's History in Historical and Women's Studies Journals"

A Celebration of Women Writers – "The Celebration of Women Writers recognizes the contributions of women writers throughout history. Women have written almost every imaginable type of work: novels, poems, letters, biographies, travel books, religious commentaries, histories, economic and scientific works. Our goal is to promote awareness of the breadth and variety of women's writing. All too often, works by women, and resources about women writers, are hard to find. We attempt to provide easy access to available on-line information. The Celebration provides a comprehensive listing of links to biographical and bibliographical information about women writers, and complete published books written by women. A major focus of the Celebration is the development of on-line editions of older, often rare, out-of-copyright works. We choose works from a range of areas to indicate the variety of interests of women writers."

Digital Schomburg African American Women Writers of the Twentieth Century – "A digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th century black women writers. A part of the Digital Schomburg, this collection provides access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior to 1920. A full text database of these 19th and early 20th century titles, this digital library is key-word-searchable. Each individual title as well as the entire database can be searched to determine what these women had to say about "family", "religion", "slavery" or any other subject of interest to the researcher or casual reader."

League of Women Voters – "Online home of our nation's premier grassroots citizen organization. … gives you the most up-to-date information, it provides you with the tools to get involved in the democratic process at the federal, state and local levels."

Women and International Politics: The Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance - IDEA is committed to contributing to the debate to advance gender and democracy issues in general, and to promote women's participation and representation in political life…gender quotas…gender facts…"

Women in Decision-Making - European – "Database contains information on women in politics in national and regional governments and parliaments, the European Parliament, the European Commission and other selected European Institutions."

Digital Book Index - "Provides links to more than 114,000 title records from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites.  About 75,000 of these books, texts, and documentas are available free, while many others are available at very modest cost."

American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States - "Contains a slightly expanded and fully searcheable version of the print publication American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States...links to existing digitized material locted throughout the Library of Congress web site."


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