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GWS 200: Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies: Getting Started

This guide is intended to help students in GWS 200 identify resources that will help them research gender issues in general and the cultures and contributions of women worldwide specifically.

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This research guide  was created for students in GWS 200, Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies.  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.

Search Words

Although you can search InfoKat Discovery, 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 Discovery and many of the periodical databases to which we subscribe. 

Birth Control
Discrimination in Employment
Domestic Violence
Feminist Theory
Gender Identity
Kitchens-Social Aspects

Sex Crimes
Sex Role
Sexual Harassment
Teenage Girls
United States-Armed Forces-Women-Crimes Against

Women and Literature
Women Artists (authors, etc.)
Women in Politics (country)
Women-[country name]
Women-Employment-United States-Psychology
Women soldiers
Women's Rights
Women's Studies
Working Mothers

InfoKat, UK Libraries' Catalog

A search of InfoKat Discovery using a combination of keywords and/or subject words will quickly give you an idea of what books, videos, manuscripts, government documents journal articles and other resources you have access to through the UK Libraries. 

For example, search "military AND women."  You get 110,924 hits (3/415), 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 the 143 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 Discovery 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 online.

Reference and Information Services

Roxanna Jones
William T. Young Library

(859) 218-1324

Responsibilities: General Reference, Information Literacy and Library Instruction, Reference Collection Management, Academic Liaison for Social Work
Subjects:Social Work