Sexuality, Women's, and Gender Studies Research Guide

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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

Primary Sources

  • 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.

New Titles

Retirement and its discontents : why we won't stop working, even if we can (Silver, Michelle, author.) Frost Library; HQ1062 .S5375 2018

Late-life love : a memoir (Gubar, Susan, 1944-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1064.U5 G83 2019

A quick & easy guide to they (Bongiovanni, Archie, author, illustrator.) Frost Library; HQ1075 .B66 2018

Engendering difference : sexism, power and politics Frost Library; HQ1075 .E644 2018

The gender affirmative model Frost Library; HQ1075 .G3715 2018

Gender under construction : femininities and masculinities in context Frost Library; HQ1075 .G46 2018

Is gender fluid? : a primer for the 21st century (Hines, Sally, author.) Frost Library; HQ1075 .H56 2018

Gender : the basics (Lips, Hilary M., author.) Frost Library; HQ1075 .L578 2019

Trans kids : being gendered in the twenty-first century (Meadow, Tey, 1976- author.) Frost Library; HQ1075 .M425 2018

Girls like this, boys like that. (Cann, Victoria.) Frost Library; HQ1075.5.G7 C36 2018

Women at war in the borderlands of the early American Northeast (Martino, Gina M., author.) Frost Library; HQ1075.5.N7 M37 2018

Manliness & civilization : a cultural history of gender and race in the United States, 1880-1917 (Bederman, Gail.) Frost Library; HQ1075.5.U6 B43 1995

Amateur : a true story about what makes a man (McBee, Thomas Page, author.) Frost Library; HQ1090 .M394 2018

Man out : men on the sidelines of American life (Yarrow, Andrew L., author.) Frost Library; HQ1090.3 .Y27 2018

A history of women in 100 objects (Andrews, Maggie, author.) Frost Library; HQ1121 .A53 2018

Women, global protest movements, and political agency : rethinking the legacy of 1968 Frost Library; HQ1121 .W88526 2019

Feminist manifestos : a global documentary reader Frost Library; HQ1150 .F457 2018

Feminisms in motion : voices for justice, liberation, and transformation Frost Library; HQ1150 .F465 2018

The xenofeminism manifesto : a politics for alienation (Cuboniks, Laboria, author.) Frost Library; HQ1154 .C773 2018

90s bitch : media, culture, and the failed promise of gender equality (Yarrow, Allison, author.) Frost Library; HQ1154 .Y37 2018

Feminism (Cameron, Deborah, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1155 .C348 2018

Third wave feminism and transgender : strength through diversity (Davies, Edward Burlton, author.) Frost Library; HQ1155 .D385 2018

Being Muslim : a cultural history of women of color in American Islam (Chan-Malik, Sylvia, author.) Frost Library; HQ1170 .C486 2018

Wrapping authority : women Islamic leaders in a Sufi movement in Dakar, Senegal (Hill, Joseph, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1170 .H554 2018

Islamic sisterhood : the meaning of veiling in post-9 (Maruoka-Donnelly, Etsuko, author.) Frost Library; HQ1170 .M358 2018

Reshaping women's history : voices of nontraditional women historians Frost Library; HQ1181.U5 R47 2018

Constituting feminist subjects (Weeks, Kathi, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1190 .W43 2018

The visual culture of women's activism in London, Paris and beyond (Denney, Colleen, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1191.G7 D45 2018

Gender and the abjection of Blackness (Bröck-Sallah, Sabine, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1201 .B83 2018

Girlhood, beauty pageants, and power : trailer park royalty (Thompson-Hardy, Elisabeth, author.) Frost Library; HQ1220.U5 T486 2018

Public privates : feminist geographies of mediated spaces (England, Marcia R., author.) Frost Library; HQ1233 .E545 2018

Feminism and the politics of childhood : friends or foes? Frost Library; HQ1233 .F463 2018

Women and gender in international history : theory and practice (Garner, Karen, author.) Frost Library; HQ1236 .G374 2018

Gender, emancipation, and political violence : rethinking the legacy of 1968 Frost Library; HQ1236 .G461336 2019

Strong NGOs and weak states (Lake, Milli, author.) Frost Library; HQ1236.5.C75 L35 2018

Transforming gender citizenship : the irresistible rise of gender quotas in Europe Frost Library; HQ1236.5.E85 T728 2018

Black French women and the struggle for equality, 1848-2016 Frost Library; HQ1236.5.F8 B483 2018

A seat at the table : congresswomen's perspectives on why their presence matters (Dittmar, Kelly, 1984- author.) Frost Library; HQ1236.5.U6 D577 2018

The trials of Nina McCall (Stern, Scott W., 1993- author.) Frost Library; HQ1236.5.U6 S734 2018

The right amount of panic : how women trade freedom for safety (Vera-Gray, F., author.) Frost Library; HQ1237 .V47 2018

The imperial harem : women and sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire (Peirce, Leslie P.) Frost Library; HQ1240.5.T87 P45 1993

Gendered vulnerability : how women work harder to stay in office (Lazarus, Jeffrey, author.) Frost Library; HQ1391.U5 L39 2018

The Oxford handbook of American women's and gender history Frost Library; HQ1410 .O993 2018

A politically incorrect feminist (Chesler, Phyllis, author.) Frost Library; HQ1413.C67 C45 2018

Empowered : popular feminism and popular misogyny (Banet-Weiser, Sarah, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1421 .B355 2018

Dead girls : essays on surviving an American obsession (Bolin, Alice, author.) Frost Library; HQ1421 .B65 2018

Hip hop's li'l sistas speak : negotiating hip hop identities and politics in the new South (Love, Bettina L., 1979-) Frost Library; HQ1421 .L68 2012

Women politicking politely : advancing feminism in the 1960s and 1970s (Voss, Kimberly Wilmot, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; HQ1421 .V67 2017

Women, feminism, and pop politics : from "bitch" to "badass" and beyond Frost Library; HQ1421 .W664 2018

Yours in sisterhood Frost Library; HQ1426 .Y687

Single, white, slaveholding women in the nineteenth-century American South (Molloy, Marie S., author.) Frost Library; HQ1438.S63 M65 2018

Fighting the US youth sex trade : gender, race, and politics (Baker, Carrie N., author.) Frost Library; HQ144 .B3295 2018

Youth who trade sex in the U.S. : intersectionality, agency, and vulnerability (Showden, Carisa Renae, author.) Frost Library; HQ144 .S56 2018

Suffragism and the Great War (Newman, Vivien, author.) Frost Library; HQ1593 .N49 2018

Lady of the house : elite 19th century women and their role in the English country house (Furness, Charlotte, author.) Frost Library; HQ1599.E5 F87 2018

Femmes à la cour de France : charges et fonctions, XVe-XIXe siècle (Zum Kolk, Caroline, 1965-, editor.) Frost Library; HQ1613 .Z8 2018

Women and gender in Iraq : between nation-building and fragmentation (Ali, Zahra, author.) Frost Library; HQ1735 .A625 2018

Diva nation : female icons from Japanese cultural history Frost Library; HQ1762 .D58 2018

The monstrous-feminine in contemporary Japanese popular culture (Dumas, Raechel, author.) Frost Library; HQ1762 .D86 2018

The gender legacy of the Mao era : women's life stories in contemporary China (Huang, Xin, 1965- author.) Frost Library; HQ1767 .H82877 2018

Moroccan women, activists, and gender politics : an institutional analysis (Sandberg, Eve Nan, author.) Frost Library; HQ1791 .S35 2014

The natural history of sexuality in early America (LaFleur, Greta, 1981- author.) Frost Library; HQ18.U5 L34 2018