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Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Resources

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These databases offer extensive information on women's and gender history and research.  Search these when seeking focused and specific information.  

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Search WorldCat to see books, videos, journals, and other media in library catalogs all over the world.  This is a great way to find out how much has been published on your subject.

Search Books in Print to see all the books currently in print on a subject or by an author.

Getting Started

Women's and gender studies is a rapidly evolving field of scholarship.  The keywords, techniques and sources listed here offer an entry point to topics in the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies curriculum at The University of Houston.  Most of UH Libraries' gender studies resources are located in the M.D. Anderson Library or online.  When appropriate, some may also be found in branch libraries (architecture & art, law and music libraries).  Scholars and students are encouraged to investigate the gender-focused collections in the University of Houston's Special Collections, as well.  Use the link to primary material at left to find out about these archived materials.  This page offers basic research tips and resources.  See the links in the menu at left for more advanced research information.  

Research Facts You Must Know

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GENDER STUDIES IS INNATELY INTERDISCIPLINARY.  One cannot research this field alone without investigating one or more other fields of study.  When researching women's history, also search in history resources.  When researching the impact of gender on media coverage, also search in communications resources.  When researching women's health, also search in health sciences resources.  UH Libraries has research guides like this on all major subject areas and many minor ones. Investigate research tools recommended on those sites, as well.

WHAT ARE PRIMARY MATERIALS?  Primary materials are documents or information-bearing objects that were created at a time period being studied.  Letters, photographs, receipts, clothing, sound and video recordings and diaries are all examples of primary materials. Researchers analyze primary sources to create books, papers or other works of scholarship (which, in turn, become SECONDARY sources).  Researchers have access to many primary materials on women's history in the M.D. Anderson Library's Special Collections, as well as a significant collection of literature (some rare) by women authors.  Click on the appropriate links in the menu at left to discover primary material at UH and elsewhere.  

WHAT IS A LIBRARY CATALOG?  It is a database where researchers can locate material that UH Libraries owns or to which it subscribes.  It contains the titles and subjects of books and e-books, dvd's and streaming videos, journals and e-journals, databases and other online research tools.  It cannot be used to search for articles; just for the journals and magazines containing those articles.  

Use the library catalog to search for materials that are broad and deep.  

WHAT IS A DATABASE?  A database is a searchable collection of data.  The databases on this guide are packaged by publishers and other vendors and available to UH researchers because the library subscribes to them.  UH researchers need to use the library's websites or catalog to access them, as they are not freely available on the Internet.  Many of the databases found on this guide are focused on a particular subject, such as gender or health.  

Use databases to search for materials that are focused and specific.  

VARY YOUR SEARCH TERMS  Search engines and databases cannot interpret search terms or understand nuance.  They seek exact matches.  Therefore, experiment with different search terms and phrases in order to search effectively.  

Search for Books and Videos

Click on the logo below to access the catalog.  

Use the following terms in a subject or keyword search to find related items in the library catalog.  

*  Search more efficiently by truncating some words and adding an asterisks.  For example, adding an asterisk to the end of femini* expands the search to include "feminists," "feminism," and "feminine."  

? Expand searches by inserting a question mark to vary letters.  Wom?n will search for the words "woman" and "women."  

  • Autobiography -- Women authors
  • Equality
  • Femini*
  • Gender identity
  • Sex discrimination
  • Sex role
  • Wom?n
  • Women -- Biography
  • Women's rights
  • Women's studies