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Ideas and Methods in the Study of Gender

Spring 2012

Listed in: Women's and Gender Studies, as WAGS-300; Amrita Basu (Section 01)

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Tools


This research guide is a companion to the course "Ideas and Methods in the Study of Gender - WAGS 300".

This guide is a starting point for thinking more about the mechanics of how to write a reearch paper.

Here are a few starting points:


Here is the  sample outline of the paper

Fonow and Cook, “Feminist Methodology: New Applications in the Academy and Public

Policy, Signs, Summer 2005

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

GenderWatch (1970 to present)
Full text of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.

Women's Studies International (1972 to present)
Interdisciplinary, covers the latest scholarship in feminist research.

Academic OneFile (1980 to present)
Full-text articles from all disciplines.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

Alternative Press Index (1969 to present)
Covers alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (1951 to present)
Indexes about 3,000 journals and 7,000 books per year.


Encyclopedia of Social Measurement

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Scholarly surveys of all aspects of social sciences.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

Literature Resource Center
Full-text critical studies, biographies of authors; covers all genres, all time periods, and all regions.

Be sure to properly credit the ideas referenced in your academic work; clear citations also mean that your reader can locate the books, articles, and other sources you used. Don't leave your bibliography until the very end: collect, manage, and format information about what you find as soon as you start your research.

Zotero and Bibliographic Management

Zotero is a free plug-in for Firefox that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus, and you can download it on your own computer for free. Tutorials and documentation are also available. If you are an EndNote user, contact Gretchen Gano for help.


Writer's Handbook from the University of Wisconsin/Madison: How to cite sources; sample documents and forms; advice on grammar, etc.

Avoiding Plagiarism from the Dean of Students Office provides strategies for ensuring proper attribution of sources.

Style Manuals

MLA, Chicago, and APA formatting and style guidelines, from the OWL at Purdue
Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide online, from the full Chicago Manual of Style
Introduction to Basic Legal Citation 2012 edition
Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA 
Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style online version from Ohio State University Libraries 
American Chemical Society's ACS Style Guide
BibTex is a format commonly used in Computer Science and Math