This research guide was created for students in GWS 201, Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies in the Humanities. It will introduce you to some basic resources for finding and evaluating information. Much of the emphasis is on library resources that will help you identify credible information sources, especially commercial databases that index and abstract scholarly and professional literature. However, an increasing amount of useful information is published directly on the WWW. This guide is also designed to help you search the Web more efficiently and critically analyze and choose the information you find there. Although this guide is by no means exhaustive, the resources listed here provide a good starting point for your research.
Although you can search our catalog, databases and Google with simple keywords, it is often more efficient and effective to search subject terms if you know them. The following are some of the subject terms you can use in InfoKat and many of the periodical databases to which we subscribe.
Gender, Gender differences-Search sex differences, Gender discrimination-Search sex discrimination, Gender dysphoria-Search Gender identity disorders, Gender expression- Search gender expression OR Sex role, Gender identity or search
Transgender people AND Identity
Transsexuals AND Identity
Lesbianism, Lesbians, LGBT
Men. Search Also Under: headings beginning with the word Male, e.g., Male nurses Note: Here are entered works on the human male. Works on male organisms in general are entered under Males.
Women. Search Also Under: subdivision Women under individual wars, e.g. World War, 1939-1945--Women; also subdivision Relations with women under names of individual persons e.g., Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939--Relations with women.; and headings beginning with the word Women , e.g., women alcoholics
Women and Literature
Women Artists (authors, etc.)
Women in Politics (country)
InfoKat, UK Libraries' Catalog
A search of InfoKat using a combination of keywords and/or subject words will quickly give you an idea of what books, videos, manuscripts, government documents and other resources you have access to through the UK Libraries.
For example, search "military AND women." You get 426 hits (03/2011), and some of the titles seem of somewhat dubious interest. But if you click on the title "Women and military service [electronic resource] : a history, analysis, and overview of key issues" by M.C. Devilbiss, you can see one of the subjects assigned to describe this title is United States--Armed Forces--Women. When you click on this link, you can get to the106 titles having been assigned this subject such as the following:
Title:The status of gender integration in the military : analysis of selected occupations
Title:For love of country : confronting rape and sexual harassment in the U.S. military
Title:Defense health care health care benefit for women comparable to other plans.
Title:Women in the military
Title:Citizenship rites feminist soldiers and feminist antimilitarists
Title:Women at war : gender issues of Americans in combat
Title:Gender issues [microform] : perceptions of readiness in selected units : report to the ranking minority member, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate
The InfoKat record will give you all the information you need to find a book in our collections (location, call number, availability) or a link if it is full-text.
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