Sexuality, Women's, and Gender Studies Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Primary Sources
  • Reference
  • News
  • Data
  • New Titles
Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • 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.
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) (1951 to present)
    Indexes about 3,000 journals and 7,000 books per year.
  • Social Science Database (ProQuest)
    Covers academic literature for disciplines ranging from anthropology, sociology, and political science to communication, education, criminology, demography, economics and more.
  • Education Database (ProQuest) (1988 to present)
    Coverage spans the literature on primary, secondary and higher education as well as special education, home schooling and adult education.
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
    Website devoted to the rapid dissemination of scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities.
  • POPLINE (1970 to present)
    Reproductive health, fertility, demographics, environmental health, women in development, and HIV/AIDS.

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases

  • Women's Magazine Archive
    A searchable archive of leading women's interest magazines, dating from the 19th century through to the 21st.
  • Working Women
    Women Working, 1870 - 1930 provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard's library and museum collections. This collection explores women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression.
  • Out History is a freely accessible, community created, non-profit website on LBGT history produced by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
  • Bloom Alternative Press Collection
    Collection held by Amherst College Archives & Special Collections. Includes approximately 3,500 alternative "underground" newspapers published chiefly in the United States, ca. 1967-1989, most originally compiled by Liberation News Service as record copies from its subscribers. Also included is a much smaller collection of glossy magazines for gay men, ca. 1967-1992.
  • Sophia Smith Collection
    The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women's history. It was founded in 1942 to be the library's distinctive contribution to the college's mission of educating women.
Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
Try these collections of historical and current newspapers (also see the News Research Guide or search the journal locator for specific titles).
  • Alternative Press Index (1969 to present)
    Covers alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.
  • Alt-PressWatch (1970 to present)
    Full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.
  • Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
    Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspapers Collection, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Times of India, and Washington Post.
  • Access World News (Newsbank) (date coverage varies)
    Electronic editions of over 2,600 local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as 1,500 international sources. Fully searchable and browsable by map.
Locate data and statistical resources for research in this discipline.
  • Social Explorer (1790 to present)
    Access to data from the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, religious congregations, and other sources, with options to create thematic and interactive maps and reports.
  • Statistical Insight (ProQuest)
    Searches U.S. federal government (1974-present), international intergovernmental (1983-present), state government and privately published documents (1981-present) that contain statistics. Many tables are available online as images or Excel files.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest)
    Provides statistical tables and charts covering various aspects of social, political and economic conditions of the United States.
  • China Data Online
    Includes monthly and yearly reports on national, regional, and local macro-economics, as well as statistical yearbooks and census data.

The wedding heard 'round the world : America's first gay marriage (McConnell, Michael, 1942-) Frost Library; HQ1034.U5 M33 2016

Safekeeping : some true stories from a life (Thomas, Abigail.) Frost Library; HQ1058.5.U5 T47 2001

No shortcut to change : an unlikely path to a more gender-equitable world (Ellerby, Kara, author.) Frost Library; HQ1075 .E62 2017

Rethinking gender in popular culture in the 21st century : Marlboro men and California gurls Frost Library; HQ1075 .R48 2017

Gender, culture and politics in England, 1560-1640 : turning the world upside down (Amussen, Susan Dwyer, author.) Frost Library; HQ1075.5.G7 A68 2017

Gender equality and quality of life : perspectives from Poland and Norway Frost Library; HQ1075.5.N8 G46 2016

Gender in the twenty-first century : the stalled revolution and the road to equality Frost Library; HQ1075.5.U6 G464 2017

A brief history of feminism (Schrupp, Antje, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1121 .S3313 2017

Writing feminist lives (Lidström Brock, Malin, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1123 .L53 2016

Women in ancient Greece : seclusion, exclusion, or illusion? (Chrystal, Paul, author.) Frost Library; HQ1134 .C479 2017

International Women's Year : the greatest consciousness-raising event in history (Olcott, Jocelyn, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1154 .O39558 2017

The Women's Liberation Movement : impacts and outcomes Frost Library; HQ1154 .W9195 2017

Finding feminism : millennial activists and the unfinished gender revolution (Crossley, Alison Dahl, author.) Frost Library; HQ1155 .C76 2017

Body horror : capitalism, fear, misogyny, jokes (Moore, Anne Elizabeth, author.) Frost Library; HQ1155 .M66 2017

The governmentality of Black beauty shame : discourse, iconicity and resistance (Tate, Shirley Anne, author.) Frost Library; HQ1163 .T38 2018

Islam, gender, and democracy in comparative perspective Frost Library; HQ1170 .I7956 2017

Power and feminist agency in capitalism : toward a new theory of the political subject (Leeb, Claudia, author.) Frost Library; HQ1190 .L434 2017

Critical ecofeminism (Gaard, Greta Claire, author.) Frost Library; HQ1194 .G33 2017

You play the girl : on Playboy bunnies, Stepford wives, train wrecks, and other mixed messages (Chocano, Carina, author.) Frost Library; HQ1206 .C5185 2017

The H-spot : the feminist pursuit of happiness (Filipovic, Jill.) Frost Library; HQ1206 .F4628 2017

Paths to fulfillment : women's search for meaning and identity (Josselson, Ruthellen, author.) Frost Library; HQ1206 .J672 2017

Girlfriends (Saint James, Synthia.) Frost Library; HQ1206 .S17 1997

Designing prostitution policy : intention and reality in regulating the sex trade (Wagenaar, H., author.) Frost Library; HQ121 .W34 2017

Empowered by design : decentralization and the gender policy trifecta (Rincker, Margaret Eileen, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1233 .R56 2017

Ecofeminism as politics : nature, Marx, and the postmodern (Salleh, Ariel, 1944-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1233 .S16 2017

Attack of the 50 ft. women : how gender equality can save the world! (Mayer, Catherine, author.) Frost Library; HQ1236 .M36 2017

A woman's work (Harman, Harriet, author.) Frost Library; HQ1236.5.G7 H37 2017

The Oxford handbook of U.S. women's social movement activism Frost Library; HQ1236.5.U6 O94 2017

And the spirit moved them : the lost radical history of America's first feminists (Hunt, Helen, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1418 .H86 2017

The political thought of America's founding feminists (Vetter, Lisa Pace, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1423 .V47 2017

An extraordinary ordinary woman : the journal of Phebe Orvis, 1820-1830 (Ouellette, Susan M., 1954-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1438.V47 O98 2017

Challenging perspectives on street-based sex work Frost Library; HQ144 .C45 2017

Politics of reproduction : race, medicine, and fertility in the age of abolition (Paugh, Katherine, [author]) Frost Library; HQ1501 .P38 2017

What is sex? (Zupančič, Alenka, author.) Frost Library; HQ16 .Z87 2017

A century of progress? : Irish women reflect Frost Library; HQ1600.3 .C46 2016

"Ich bin eine Kanackin" : decolonizing popfeminism-- transcultural perspectives on Lady Bitch Ray (Tuzcu, Pinar, author.) Frost Library; HQ1623 .T89 2017

Las sinsombrero : sin ellas, la historia no está completa (Balló, Tània, 1977- author.) Frost Library; HQ1692.5.A3 B35 2016

Dynamics of gender borders : women in Israel's cooperative settlements Frost Library; HQ1728.5 .D96 2017

The pitfalls of protection : gender, violence, and power in Afghanistan (Wimpelmann, Torunn, author.) Frost Library; HQ1735.6 .W54 2017

African women : early history to the 21st century (Sheldon, Kathleen E., 1952-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1787 .S437 2017

Khartoum at night : fashion and body politics in imperial Sudan (Brown, Marie Grace, 1982-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1793.5 .B76 2017

Sexual treason in Germany during the First World War (Todd, Lisa Marie, author.) Frost Library; HQ18.G3 T63 2017

Sex, politics and society : the regulation of sexuality since 1800 (Weeks, Jeffrey, 1945-, author.) Frost Library; HQ18.G7 W43 2018

The naughty nineties : the triumph of the American libido (Friend, David, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; HQ18.U5 F745 2017

The world of prostitution in late imperial Austria (Wingfield, Nancy M. (Nancy Meriwether) author.) Frost Library; HQ190 .W56 2017