Finding Articles and more: Women's Studies Databases
Though journal articles covering women’s issues and feminist research can be found in resources from virtually all subject areas, the databases below are often the best places to start for Women’s Studies courses and topics:
Four EBSCO databases:
- Academic Search Complete: large and multidisciplinary, includes major women’s studies journals and magazines; includes lots of full-text articles.
- SOCIndex: Sociological and Social Sciences. Very strong coverage of Women's Studies issues.
- Gender Studies Database: Uses authors' own keywords, covers more gender-related issues than any of the other databases, but not always consistent!
- LGBT Life with Full Text
- Race Relations Abstracts
TIP: to search all four EBSCO databases at once, just select any one to begin with, and once connected click on the "Choose Databases" link at the top of the search screen.
- Google Scholar: a simple and powerful way to broadly search for scholarly articles, reports and books. If if you are a novice searcher, however, it may not be easy to decipher the list of results.
- Contemporary Women’s Issues: It can be difficult to find relevant results using this database; try limiting your search to "Title and Enhance
For news, magazine and journal articles of Canadian origin or covering Canadian subjects (but not necessarily academic or anthropological material) start with these general sources:
- Canadian Newstand: full-text access to Canadian daily newspapers including the Gazette.
- ProQuest Combined Canadian: indexes a wide variety of Canadian sources, from newspapers, transcripts and newsletters, to academic journals and theses.
- Canadian Periodical Index (CPI-Q): newspapers, magazines, journals.
- Factiva: Full text of international newspapers (including Canadian), transcripts and newswires (license for only one user at a time).
Below is a sampling of additional useful sources for Women's Studies research:
- Web of Science: includes social sciences, humanities, arts. Offers citation searching.
- Scopus: large multidisciplinary database. also offers citation searching.
- Communication Abstracts: the major database for scholarly mass media studies.
- PsycINFO: the major database for psychological research.
- To find local statistics in all subject areas, start with the Statistics Canada site.
- Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report
- Though severly outdated, the book Finding data on women: a guide to major sources at Statistics Canada (2007) can nevertheless prove useful for understanding how stats on women are compiled in Canada, and in what types of surveys or resources.
- for QUEBEC ONLY see also Institut de la statistique du Québec, and watch for the Gender-based Analysis (GBA) logo on certain statistical tables.
CANADIAN LAW & GOVERNMENT:
Encyclopedias can provide that all-important background and context for research papers. Here is a sampling:
- Wiley Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2018)
- Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sexuality and Gender Studies (2016)
- Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements (2014)
- International Encyclopedia of Media Studies (2013)
- Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2008, with selected updates to 2019)
- Gale Virtual Reference Library - search encyclopedias simultaneously, including:
- Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2008): Great coverage of feminist, women’s and gender studies topics. Start with a simple keyword search then browse by Subject or Key Topic.
- glbtq archives: Encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer culture (ceased in 2015)
Articles about Women's History:
- In addition to the Core and Canadian article databases listed above:
- America History & Life covers Canada as well as the U.S,
- Women's history is also covered in the Core and Canadian databases above.
- Defining Gender, 1450-1910. Pamphlets, diaries, periodicals, letters, poetry, receipt books, and conduct and advice literature. Essays and scholarly overviews support study and research in gender, leisure, and consumer culture.
- British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries (Alexander Street Press Collection)
- North American Women's Letters and Diaries (Alexander Street Press Collection)
- Women and Social Movements in the United States (Alexander Street Press Collection)
NOTE: For more information on historical sources see the History Research Guide.