AU Library Guide to Researching Topics in Women's Studies

Recommended Databases for Women's Studies:

When researching a topic in Women's Studies, many different databases may be used depending on the nature of the topic.

Multidisciplinary databases are an excellent starting point for researching a wide range of topics and often include the full text of articles:

Academic Search Premier

Expanded Academic ASAP

Wilson OmniFile

Women Studies databases are dedicated to issues affecting women:

Contemporary Women's Issues

Social Sciences databases are useful because many Women's Studies topics fall within that discipline or field of study:


Sociological Abstracts

Canadian databases are useful when you need Canadian content, data, and statistics on a topic. Keep in mind that many of these databases tend to include a good deal of popular sources such as newspapers and magazines although you will find some scholarly journal articles as well.

Canadian Newsstand

CBCA (Canadian Business and Current Affairs)

CPIQ (Canadian Periodical Index Quarterly)

Your Women's Studies Topic might fall into other disciplines and databases, such as:

Health databases e.g. Proquest Nursing Journals

Business databases e.g. ABI/Inform

Psychology databases e.g. PsycInfo

To see all of the databases to which AU Library subscribes: List Databases by Title.

To see subject guides to the databases: List Databases by Subject.