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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Start Here
A guide to University of Alabama resources for research on gender and sexuality
This guide provides information on using the library for research in women, gender, and sexuality studies at the University of Alabama. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, visit the Gorgas Library Information Desk, or use Ask a Librarian to request assistance.
Find recommended reading lists in LGBTQ studies and history, queer of color critique, and trans* studies, as well as links to databases, film and media, primary sources, and search tips for finding materials on LGBTQ-related topics.
Primary sources are original materials, such as newspapers, diaries and letters, or photographs, that provide firsthand information about an event, place, or person. This section lists primary source databases that have a focus on women, gender, and/or sexuality.
This section includes overviews of broad topics related to gender and popular culture, as well as suggestions for digging into pop culture topics such as film, comics and graphic novels, video games, fandom, and sports.
Find resources in this section on using MLA, APA, and Chicago style, as well as information and links about different citation managers to help you keep track of your research and generate citation lists.
The main search tool for UA Libraries, Scout allows you to search the catalog, most of the libraries' databases, and the digital repository Acumen. Scout is a great place to start a broad search on a topic, but more targeted searching may be more successful in the catalog or subject-specific databases.
Search the traditional catalog to find print, ebook, music, sound recordings, video, video, and more in the Libraries' collections. The catalog is useful tool to help find specific items in the collection, rather than broad searching.
GenderWatch is a full text database of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. The database provides in-depth coverage of the subjects that are uniquely central to women's lives, including family, childbirth, birth control, daycare, domestic abuse, work and the workplace, sexual harassment, aging, aging parents, body image, eating disorders and social and societal roles.
Images of the full text of many scholarly titles in a range of subject areas, including literature, biological sciences, economics, finance, and statistics. Coverage includes feminist and women's studies and a wide range of ethnic and area studies fields.
Provides abstracts and citations to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender literature published worldwide. Citations represent periodical articles, books, newspapers, newsletters, case studies, speeches, and other formats. Also includes full text for GLBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers, as well as numerous full text books.
Maintained by the Office of the Women and Gender Studies Librarian at the University of Wisconsin, the Women's Knowledge Digital Library (WKDL) is an online repository of information by and about women and girls. The goal of the project is to provide users with trusted information that is easily and efficiently accessible and that which can be used in the education and empowerment of women and girls worldwide. Our focus is to amplify women's voices and include resources that women can learn from and adapt to suit the work being done within their own communities.
Encyclopedias and Handbooks:
Start with the reference works listed below for broad coverage of topics in women, gender, and sexuality studies. To find more specific reference works, explore the digital collections linked below, or try searching in Scout with the terms "encyclopedia," "handbook," "guide," or "companion" along with your key words.
The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World looks at women today and delves into contexts of being female in the 21st century. Thus, the scope of the encyclopedia focuses on women's status starting approximately in the year 2000 and looks forward. From A-to-Z, this work covers the spectrum of defining women in the contemporary world.
Addresses issues of sex and gender at the personal and the social level; examines issues of identity, status, class, ethnicity, race, and nation; of sexuality and the body; of social institutions and the structures of representation. Topics include changing conceptions of "the feminine," the family and masculinity, religion, morality, cultural images, medical practice, public health, economy and society and many more.
This comprehensive two-volume encyclopedia covers the major theories, research, people and issues in contemporary gender studies. It is distinguished by a cross-national, cross-cultural perspective providing comparative analyses of life experiences of men and women around the world.
Oxford Bibliographies Online is a scholar-curated library of discipline-based subject modules for the social sciences and humanities. This database combines the features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, and guides researchers to scholarship produced across a wide variety of subjects.
The Oxford Reference Online Premium collection contains reference books covering a wide variety of topics; dictionaries of architecture, plants, geography, literature, mathematics, mythology, and many others. Includes the popular “Oxford Companion” series.
UA does not subscribe to all titles for this publisher. Please contact a librarian to request access to unsubscribed titles.
This database provides online access to three components of the Cambridge Companion series from Cambridge University Press: Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics; Cambridge Companions to Religion, Philosophy, and Culture; and Cambridge Companions to Music. The collection is fully searchable by author, title, subject, or keyword.
If you need to do comprehensive searching of a topic and want to see items that aren't in the UA Libraries' catalog or databases, you can use Worldcat to search for books, music, and videos in library catalogs around the world. Worldcat can help you locate items and provide information for you to submit an interlibrary loan request. (Note: Worldcat does not provide citations for individual articles or book chapters.)
Sometimes you are doing research for a project and you need to see what has been published on the topic. Let’s say you are thinking about doing research on gender roles in Shakespeare’s comedies and you want to see if any scholarship has been published on the topic. You can use WorldCat to identify LC subject headings relevant to your project, as well as locate and identify rare books that might exist on the subject.
If you need materials that aren't available in the UA catalog, you can request them from another library via interlibrary loan. You can receive copies of physical books or scans of articles and book chapters. The video tutorial below provides instructions for setting up your account and requesting materials. A transcript is available at the link.
This browsing guide explains how materials are organized in the libraries and lists the call number ranges and library locations where you will find most materials focused on women, gender, and sexuality in UA Libraries.