WSDB 290: Library Guide
Here is a sampling of our relevant ONLINE encyclopedias:
- The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of social and political movements
- The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of gender and sexuality studies
- Wiley Encyclopedia of Social Theory
- Encyclopedia of political thought
- Canadian encyclopedia
- Gale eBooks
- Oxford Reference Online
- Wiley Online Library
TIP: limit your results to "Reference Works" under Publication Type
- Online Encyclopedias library guide
- Google Scholar*
- Google Books*
*TIP: ACCESS the encyclopedias listed in Google Scholar and in Google Books by entering the name of the encylopedia in Sofia
Though you can use our Sofia Discovery Search to find both books and articles on any topic, DON'T STOP THERE! -- also try any of these databases to identify articles in peer-reviewed journals related to your research topic:
- Academic Search Complete (also large & multidisciplinary)
- Gender Studies Database
- LGBT Life Fulltext
- SocINDEX (Sociology related)
- Race Relations Abstracts
- ProQuest Combined Canadian (scholarly sources + news and more)
- America History & Life (Canada & U.S HISTORY)
- Historical Abstracts (HISTORY outside of North America)
** You can combine any/all 7 databases above in one search by selecting "Choose Databases" at the EBSCO search screen
EVEN MORE OTHER DATABASES:
- Contemporary Women's Issues
- JSTOR (includes many journals covering historical topics)
- GOOGLE SHCOLAR
TIPs: 1) click on the "Cited By" link underneath the citations you find to get more recent sources; 2) set up Google Scholar to find Concordia resources
- See also all our speciallized databases in related subject areas
- For Quick Tricks on how to enter search terms in most of these databases, see this one-page CHEAT SHEET.
- Click on the Scholarly/Peer-reviewed journals tab or checkbox in most of the databases above to limit your search to accepted sources. See also Evaluating Sources.
- You can sort your results by Relevance or by Most Recent Date
- You can also sometimes find relevant historical material by adding the search terms: history OR 20th to your search.
- Use the Findit@Concordia button within the databases to try and access the text of the articles. See also Help ACCESSING the texts.
- Use our Sofia Discovery tool
- The Sofia Discovery tool can simultaneously search the catalogues of all Quebec university libraries, and of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Under the Library facet on the left, simply select: Bibliothèques universitaires du Québec or Libraries worldwide.
- Google Books. Unlike simple library catalogues, this tool searches inside the pages of books. Once you have identified a useful book here, you can search for the print or ebook at Concodia using our Sofia Discovery tool.
*Warning: Though books (or book chapters/essays) can prove to be useful sources for your literature review, it will take more judgment and evaluation on your part to determine if they qualify as scholarly or peer-reviewed research. See the Help Evaluating section of this page for guidance.
- Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000
- 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
- North American Women's Letters and Diaries
- Vogue Archive (entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present)
- NOTE: For more information and context on historical sources see the History Research Guide and for more Primary Source Databases see our entire listing.
For help formatting bibliography references and in-text citations, see our Citation & Style Guides, especially these popular formats:
ZOTERO is a free and popular bibliographic management tool
- DOWNLOAD the appropriate Zotero program for your computer and Connector for your browser
- Register for a free account
- Learn more via our Zotero help page or workshops
IS IT SCHOLARLY/ACADEMIC/PEER-REVIEWED?
Your professor's instructions should always be the first criteria in determining what qualifies as an appropriate academic source. If you feel you need additional guidance in this area, however, you might find some relevant tips in the guides below.
- Our library tutorial on: How do I know if an article is scholarly or peer reviewed?
- A quick tip or quick video from our library guide about peer-reviewed articles
- Scholarly vs. Popular Sources guide from Berkeley (for book chapters as well as journal articles)
- Peer-review in 3 minutes (NCSU Libraries)
When evaluating the quality of a variety of material, the following library guide might provide some help:
- How to evaluate research materials and resources
- ACT UP Evaluation Method (an alternative approach that tries to "push against dominant narratives")