The Gender Studies Guide is intended to provide an introduction to gender studies research resources available to you through Geisel Library and the Internet. If you need in-depth assistance or if you have questions about any of the resources or services mentioned in the guide please contact the Sociology Liaison Librarian.
Electronic Reference Sources
Use the following electronic reference materials instead of Wikipedia; these resources are full of quality information and are as easy to use as Wikipedia.
Unless noted, the following electronic resources are restricted to the Saint Anselm College community.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
Search through GVRL's collection of reference materials by individual title or search multiple titles at once. Titles of interest to the field of gender studies include:
- Encyclopedia of Gender and Society
- Encyclopedia of Human Development
- Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgendered History in America
- Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender
- Encyclopedia of Social Psychology
- Encyclopedia of Social Theory
- Encyclopedia of Women's Autobiography
- International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family
- Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia
Oxford Reference Online (ORO)
Search through ORO's collection of reference materials by individual title or search multiple titles at once.
Search through Credo's collection of reference materials by individual title or search multiple titles at once. Titles of interest to the field of gender studies include:
- Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers
- The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History
- Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender
Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia
Jewish Women's Archive (freely available on the Internet)
Print Reference Resources
All of the titles listed below are located in Geisel Library's reference collection which is located on the first floor of the Library next to the reference desk.
Black Women in America
E185.86 .B542 (2 volumes)
An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films: 1895-1930
Gender and Education
LC213 .G425 (2 volumes)
International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities
Notable American Women
CT3260 .N57 (5 volumes)
Women and Music in America Since 1900: An Encyclopedia
ML82 .W625 (2 volumes)
Women in the Middle Ages
HQ1143 .W643 (2 volumes)
Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories
Public Women, Public Words: A Documentary History of American Feminism
HQ1410 .K444 (3 volumes)
International Encyclopedia of Women and Sports
GV709 .I58 (3 volumes)
If you would like to browse Geisel Library's collection of gender related print and electronic full text journals go to Journal Finder's listing of gender studies journals.
Scholarly journal titles of interest to gender studies include:
- Gender and Development
- Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice
- Journal of Men, Masculinities, and Spirituality
- Journal of Men's Studies
- Psychology of Men and Masculinity
- Sex Roles
- Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
- Studies in Gender and Sexuality
- Women's Studies
Popular magazine and newspaper titles of interest to gender studies include:
Search the following databases to locate journal articles in the field of gender studies. Many of the databases will require you to use WebBridge to locate the full text of an article. To learn how to use WebBridge, please watch our video tutorial (3.5 mins; includes audio). The following databases are only a sampling of the databases that can be used to research gender issues; to view the complete list of databases that Geisel Library subscribes to please consult our databases by subject page.
SocINDEX, the core sociology database on campus, indexes over 590 academic journals, monographs, and conference papers related to the field of sociology. With thousands of full-text articles available, SocINDEX is an essential tool for gender studies research.
This interdisciplinary database contains a variety of publication types from all disciplines, as a result the search results may seem overwhelming at first. To limit your results try one of the following options: click on the "Scholarly Journals" tab to view only scholarly articles or limit your search to smaller collections like ProQuest Social Science Journals (scholarly and trade publications in the social sciences) by selecting a collection from the Database drop-down menu.
Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier indexes articles from a wide range of disciplines including the social sciences, humanities, and the hard sciences such as chemistry or biology. This is a good resource with which to begin your research, especially on a topic that is as inter-disciplinary as gender studies. Titles of interest to gender studies that can be found in Academic Search Premier include: Men and Masculinities, Journal of Gender Studies, and Gender and Education.
Search here for full-text articles from major journals in the humanities and social sciences, including Gender and Society, Feminist Review, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies. Coverage is generally from the beginning of publication to within 5 years of the current issue.
Project MUSE provides full text access to more than 200 journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and hard sciences. As an interdisciplinary database you will be able to pull up research on your topic from a variety of different disciplines. Titles of interest to gender studies researchers include: Hypatia, Journal of Women's History, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (WPSA)
Use WPSA to research topics relating to political science including how gender influences public and social policy on the domestic and international levels. WPSA is an abstract only database; you will need to use WebBridge to locate articles in full text.
Search the library catalog to locate books in Geisel Library. Titles that have been recently added to the collection can be viewed on the New Materials webpage. Acquisitions for the most recent month are listed at the top of the page; to view previous acquisitions click on the months at the bottom of the page.
Listed below are a few subject headings that would be of interest to those studying gender issues.
- Feminism and Literature
- Feminist Criticism
- Gender Identity
- Male Friendship - Fiction
- Men - Psychology
- Sex Differences - Psychology
- Sex Role
- Women - Health and Hygiene
- Women - History
If you have searched the Geisel Library Catalog but could not locate a book on your topic try searching WorldCat, a database that allows you to search the collections of libraries throughout the United States. When you locate a title of interest, click on the ILL icon in the book's catalog record to request the item through interlibrary loan. Your book(s) will be available for pickup in the library within 7-14 days. For assistance in using this database please Ask a Librarian.
Ebrary is an online library containing thousands of e-books spanning across all scholarly disciplines. Books can either be opened in QuickView for instant viewing or in the ebrary Reader (a downloadable plug-in), which provides enhanced functionality such as the ability to copy/paste, highlight, or take notes in a particular book.
Searching the World Wide Web can yield a vast amount of information, but in terms of quality and reliability, your results may be uneven at best. The ease and speed with which individuals can publish information on the web, regardless of accuracy or quality makes it imperative that you know how to evaluate the information you find. To learn more, see our guide on Evaluating Websites.
Scholarly Research Resources
A number of the scholarly research resources listed below will help you locate citations to key pieces of research on women's, gender, and masculinities studies. To locate the full text to a particular citation try searching the Geisel Library Catalog and/or Journal Finder. If we do not already own the item feel free to place an interlibrary loan request.
Diotima: Women and Gender in the Ancient World
Diotima can be used to locate scholarly articles and images related to gender in the ancient world. You can either browse content by clicking on "Bibliography" or "Images" or you can search by keyword by clicking "Search."
Discovering American Women's History Online Middle Tennessee State University
Use this database to locate digitized primary resources related to women's history in the United States. Search for collections by keyword or browse by state, time period, source type or subject heading.
Early Modern Women Database University of Maryland
Use the Early Modern Women Database as a web portal to humanities related resources on the web. Resources are limited to those focusing on American and European women between 1500 and 1800 CE.
Feminae: Medieval Women and History Index Haverford College
Use Feminae to locate citations to articles, essays, chapters, and books dealing with women and gender in the Middle Ages. To see what journals and books are indexed please consult the Journals Covered in Feminae page.
Internet Women's History Sourcebook Fordham University
Use the Internet Women's History Sourcebook to locate primary sources on women from a variety of time periods and geographic areas. The strongest collections on this site are the ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe, and Modern Europe collections.
The Men's Bibliography Michael Flood, Men's Studies Scholar
Search the Men's Bibliography to locate citations to research on masculinities studies. Research cited covers a number of geographic regions and focuses on a variety of disciplines including sociology, philosophy, and theology.
Monastic Matrix University of Southern California
Use the Monastic Matrix to research women's religious communities from 400-1600 CE. Information on the site includes a directory of religious communities, a collection of digital images, and an index of primary and secondary sources all of which are searchable by author, religious community, or location.
Gender Inn University of Cologne
Search Gender Inn's "8,400 records pertaining to feminist theory, feminist literary criticism and gender studies focusing on English and American literature." In order to search this site you must allow pop-ups.
WAVE: Women's Audio Visuals in English
University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian Office
Wave is a database "that lists documentary, experimental, and feature film and video productions by and about women." Geisel Library is able to take interlibrary loan requests for videos for scholarly purposes (please be aware that the success of ILL requests for videos is dependent on the willingness of the lending library). To place an ILL request for titles you find on WAVE please make sure to select "video" in the ILL request form.
Intute: Women's Studies
Use Intute as a web portal to women's studies information on the Internet. Subjects covered include: education, politics, sport, and religion among others. Sites listed originate in the United States and abroad making it an excellent place to research gender issues on a global scale.
Women and Gender Studies Research Centers
University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian Office
Use this webpage to locate research centers associated with various universities, colleges, and research foundations both in the United States and abroad that focus on women and gender issues.
Reports, News, and Statistics
Use the following websites to locate reports, news, and statistics related to gender issues. A variety of websites are listed below, including research centers and foundations, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and inter-governmental organizations. Only those websites that contain a large amount of current and freely available content are included in this list.
Amnesty International USA: Violence Against Women
Barnard Center for Research on Women
Institute for Women's Policy Research
International Center for Research on Women
International IDEA: Democracy and Gender
Kaiser Family Foundation Women's Health Care Policy
National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education
National Council for Research on Women
National Women's Health Information Center
National Women's Law Center
United Nations Development Fund for Women
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations: WomenWatch
U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Violence Against Women
World Bank: Gender and Development
World Health Organization: Gender Women and Health
XY: Men, Masculinities and Gender Politics