The titles listed below represent a selected list of resources accessible from, or available at, the University of Lethbridge Library in the field of Women's Studies. If you require assistance using these sources or wish to locate additional sources, please ask at the Information Services (Reference) Desk on Level 10 of the Library or Ask Us a question via Ask Us.
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When beginning a research project it is often necessary to
get an overview of a topic,
explanations of unfamiliar terms, or brief factual information. The
Library contains a variety of Reference materials which
will help you
find this kind of information.
Some of the sources listed below provide general coverage, while others are more subject specific.
Dictionaries define the terminology of a discipline.
Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science: Pioneering Lives from ancient times to the mid-20th century
Q 141 B5285 2000
For more biographical dictionaries of women in economics, literature, history, etc, go to the UofLeth's Library catalogue, and, using the keyword search, type in women dictionaries.
Dictionary of women worldwide - 25,000 women of the ages
CT 3202 D53 2007 v. 1-3
Historical Dictionary of Feminism
REFNC HQ 1115 B65 1996
Encyclopedias give background information on a wide variety of topics, and often include references for further research.
The Canadian Encyclopedia
A rich source: select "Women" (last item) on subject index to get started.
HQ 1236 R29 2001
"The first comprehensive guide to women activists from every part of the world, illuminating the broad range of women's struggles to reform society from the 18th century to the present". (book's summary)
Reference HQ 1115 E43 2001
The Oxford encyclopedia of women in world history
HQ 1121 O93 2008
Reference HQ 1115 R69 2000
Reference HQ 1115 W644 2006
The Library also has many encyclopedias on specific topics related to Women's Studies. To find these encyclopedias, search the Library catalogue using the Advanced Keyword Search. Enter the keywords describing your topic (eg. Women and religion; Muslim women) and limit the search to LOCATION: UofL Reference Collection. To find an undefined list that includes women and/in religion,medieval Europe, Islam, and on the Library's home page, fill in Keyword selection in the Library catalogue with "women encyclopedias".
HANDBOOKS AND REVIEWS OF RESEARCH
Handbooks can provide quick access to summaries of important concepts or procedures as well as basic factual information in summary form. Reviews of research include authoritative articles which provide a good review of recent research and advances on a given topic.
Annual Review of Sociology
HM 1 A763
Getting mentored in graduate school
LB 2371 J64 2003
Includes information for mentoring women.
Handbook of gender and women's studies
HQ 1180 H3 2006
Handbook of women's health: an evidence-based approach
RA 778 H235 2004
Women and political participation: a reference handbook
HQ 1236.5 U6 B875 2004
World's Women 2005: Progress in Statistics
REFNC HQ 1154 W89 2006
United Nations. Statistical Division
Encyclopedia of women and religion in North America
"A comprehensive and up-to-date descriptive and analytical reference on women and religion in North America". (book summary)
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The Library's online catalogue provides access to the collections in this library including books, audiovisual materials, government documents, microforms, books and electronic resources.
You can search the Library catalogue for specific titles, works by a particular author, or on a specific subject.
Computer stations to access the online catalogue are available on levels of the Library.
Some examples include:
Confronting saffron demography: religion, fertility, and women's status in India. Patricia Jeffery & Roger Jeffery 2006
Eight women philosophers: Theory, politics, and feminism. Jane Duran
B 105 W6 D87 2006
Feminist issues: race, class and sexuality. Nancy Mandell (Ed.)
HQ 1206 F447 2005
Meaning of wife. Anne Kingston
HQ 759 K548 2004
Radical Gestures: Feminism and performance art in North America. Jayne Wark
N 72 F45 W37 2006
State of Struggle: Feminism and Politics in Alberta. Lois Harder
HQ 1459 A4 H37 2003
Women, politics, and public policy: The political struggles of Canadian women. Jacquetta Newman & Linda A. White
HQ 1236.5 C2 N49 2006
Women under Islam: Gender justice and the politics of Islamic law. Chris Jones-Pauly
HQ 1236.5 C2 N49 2006
Note: U of L has a very rich collection of books of women and various subject areas. For instance, placing 'women religion' or
'women politics' in the library catalogue's keyword search box produces an extensive number of titles in each area.
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The most current research on any academic topic is usually found in periodical or what's also refered to as journal articles. Periodical indexes and databases point to where articles on your topic can be found in newspapers, magazines, or journals, and sometimes also provide access to other information sources such as book chapters and government documents. For wo
Most library indexes and databases specialize in a particular subject while some are more general or multi-disciplinary, indexing popular and scholarly periodicals from a wide variety of topics. On the Library's homepage go to Databases by Subject (midway down the home page's centre column) which takes you to Indexes/Databases by Subject. Finally, select the last item on the list, Women's Studies. In addition to the Key Indexes, continue to scroll down to Related Indexes for other excellent possiblities. Don't forget that because Women's Studies is a multidisciplinary subject, other subject indexes/databases can provide you with excellent information, as will the databases under Multidisciplinary/General.
It will frequently be necessary to consult more than one index/database. Electronic indexes/databases are accessible via the Library's webpage. Click on Articles and then select Women's Studies from the subject listing of periodical indexes/databases. When you search a periodical index/database you will always get a citation, which includes the article author, article title, magazine or journal information, and date. Sometimes you will also find abstracts (brief summaries of the articles) and/or the full text of articles.
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Consent / Release Forms:
Sample Consent Form (Concordia University)
Sample Form (Central Washington University)
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Governments publish a wealth of information related to Women's Studies, such as statistics policies, legislation, and annual reports. Many materials published by federal, provincial, state or municipal governments or by international organizations such as the United Nations are listed in the Library catalogue and can also be found through the sources listed below. The Library's Government Documents web page also provides links to government information found on the Internet.
Canadian Research Index
Coverage: Publications of federal, provincial, and municipal governments, 1982+ .
Most comprehensive available index to government publications, both federal and provincial. Best index for locating publications of Alberta and other provinces, which are not all included in the Library catalogue. Entries inlcude Microlog numbers, which can be used to access provincial publications available on microfiche (Microforms area on Level 11 of the Library, call number: J 103 M5).
Government of Canada
See left menu for Publications and Programs & Initiatives
On this site, narrowing a search requires a few steps.
(1) On menu bar, select the Search tab;
(2) fill in search box with a search term, e.g. "women";
(3) then, where the number of results are presented, e.g. 30,000 for "women" click on show all box;
(4) use left hand menu to limit search results.
This process works whether one is searching the Library, Archive, Ancestors, Websites, or
Search All options.
Statistics Canada Catalogue
Use to identify Statistics Canada publications (which are also included in the Library catalogue).
Alberta publications only: browse shelves in Alberta GOV DOCS section, which is arranged by government department.
Example of a department likely to publish materials of interest:
Alberta Advisory Council on Women's Issues
Some Online Sites:Legislature Library: Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Womens Issues (from the Dept. of Children and Family Services, Alberta)
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WOMEN'S STUDIES SITES
The sites listed below contain women's studies-related information relevant to the academic community.
Alberta Women's Science Network
"Encouraging Women in Engineering, Science, and Information Technology" This organization, AWSN "[p]romotes a better understanding of science outside the school system".
Sponsored by three Alberta oil companies, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Alberta Ingenuity Fund of Alberta Heritage Foundation for Science and Engineering Research, Government of Alberta.
Intute is a free online service providing access to web resources evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists. The web resources can be searched using Intute's search engine or can be browsed via broad subject categories.
Offers great listings of numberous sources - still active (links work) but no longer being maintained - site refers library user to the Women's Studies Librarian's Office at the University of Wisconsin which offers an entirely different layout. See next website link
Voice of the Shuttle: Gender and Sexuality Studies
An eclectic group of Internet sites, collections, journals etc. on feminist theory, gay & lesbian studies, men's movements, and cybergender topics
Women's Study Database
University of Maryland
Women's Study Library Office
This site is from the Women's Studies Library at the University of Wisconsin.
Publications offers a menu selection. Try the following:
Feminist Periodicals tab and look for this link Annotated Listing of All Periodicals Selected for Feminist Periodicals;and
Bibliography tab to explore Wisconsin Bibliographies in Women's Studies series
Women's studies: research guide
This guide is based on women's studies materials in the New York Public Library, but its usefulness is not limited to that collection. The items include international sources and those that emphasize the inter-disciplinary nature of women's studies. It also provides links to other resources available on the Internet
Women's Study Section
A superb website produced by the Association of College and Research Libraries/American Association of Libraries. Don't miss it.
Evaluating Journal Articles
This site provides information on how to evaluate the degree of scholarship found in journal articles, as well as how to distinguish between scholarly journals and popular magazines. In addition, it provides links to other sites on evaluating information.
Evaluating Web Resources
This site provides information on evaluating many different kinds of web resources, and provides a link to additional web evaluation
There are many citation styles from which to choose. This site offers those often most relied on.
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Interlibrary loans are provided to University students who require research materials not located in this Library. For more information about Interlibrary loans and loan quotas, click here. To request an Interlibrary loan now, click here.
To access other library catalogues, click here.
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If you have difficulty finding or using the materials listed in this subject guide, please ask for assistance at the INFORMATION SERVICES (REFERENCE) DESK on Level 10 of the Library. Quick Reference Questions can be submitted electronically by using our Ask Us service
Created by Judy Vogt
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Content Revised: September 28, 2011
Content Created: August 30, 2004