Ideas and Methods in the Study of Gender

Spring 2014

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

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Here is a description of the pre-work assignment for the library session:

We will talk about conducting a literature search in support of your research projects for this course. There are a number of ways to examine and learn from prior work in a literature search.


To prepare for this session, bring in one example (a scholarly journal article or a book chapter) that utilizes the research methodology (for example, interviews, participant observation, etc.) that you are thinking of using in your own final paper for the class.


Be prepared to talk about how you discovered this article and to answer the following two questions:


1) Where in the text does your author reveal how s/he has conducted this study? Be prepared to share a brief sentence or two from this place in the text with the class. 


2) What is the author's research question?  Does the author state why s/he thinks this methodology is appropriate for answering this question? What do you think?”

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

China Academic Journals (1994 to present)
Full-text articles from 7,200 journals in mainland China, including core journals and specialty journals. Amherst has a full-text subscription to the Humanities portion. (Chinese interface)

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.

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

PsycInfo (1887 to present)
Covers the academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including psychiatry, sociology, education, and other areas.

ABSEES: American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (1939 to present)
Index covering North American scholarship on East-Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Alt-PressWatch (1970 to present)
Full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.

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

Black Studies Center (25,000 BC to present)
Black Studies Center is a tool that supports research, teaching, and learning in Black Studies covering aspects of the black experience such as history, literature, political science, sociology, philosophy, and religion.

Criminal Justice Collection (Gale)
Indexes journals on law, law enforcement, paralegal topics, government and security.

Criminal Justice Database (ProQuest) (1981 to present)
Covers academic literature on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends.

ERIC (1966 to present)
Covers research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials in the field of education.

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

Political Science Database (ProQuest) (1985 to present)
Full-text articles from leading political science and international relations journals.

PubMed (1966 to present)
Premiere biomedical index, includes MEDLINE and links to molecular biology databases.

Social Science Database (ProQuest)
Covers academic literature for disciplines ranging from anthropology, sociology, and political science to communication, education, criminology, demography, economics and more.

Social Services Abstracts (1979 to present)
Indexes research on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.

Sociological Abstracts (1952 to present)
Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines.

Sociology Database (ProQuest) (1985 to present)
Covers the international literature of sociology and social work, including culture and social structure, history and theory of sociology, social psychology, substance abuse and addiction and more.

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

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (1975 to present)
Covers international journals in political science and its complementary fields.