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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:

  1. Academic Search Complete: large and multidisciplinary, includes major women’s studies journals and magazines; includes lots of full-text articles.

  2. SOCIndex: Sociological and Social Sciences. Very strong coverage of Women's Studies issues.

  3. Gender Studies Database: Uses authors' own keywords, covers more gender-related issues than any of the other databases, but not always consistent!

  4. LGBT Life with Full Text

  5. 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).
En français
  • Full text access to Québec and international daily newspapers.
  • Repère: magazine and academic journal articles, mostly from Québec.
  • Érudit: academic journal articles, theses, books and book chapters - mostly from Québec.

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.

NOTE: See also the guide for First Peoples Studies and Research Guides in all other subject areas.



  • To find CANADIAN LAWS & COURT CASES, see our guide: Law & Justice: Canada

  • TIP: In Google, you can add the string to your search terms to limit your results to Canadian governmental web sites if you are looking for government documents.

Encyclopedias can provide that all-important background and context for research papers. Here is a sampling:


NOTE: there are many, many more encyclopedias or other reference sources that may be appropriate, depending on your topic -- See our Online Encyclopedias guide or contact me for help.

Dissertations and theses

NOTE: See also Concordia University Library's guide on How to find theses.

Historical & Primary Sources

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.

Primary Sources:

NOTE: For more information on historical sources see the History Research Guide.

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