AU Library Guide to Researching Topics in Women's Studies


Sample Reference Tools for Women's Studies


Check local libraries for availability.
These items are usually in a Reference collection and designated in-library use only.


Subject Dictionaries

  • Use for clarification of terminology, within the context of a field of study.
  • Locate relevant dictionaries in a library catalogue by searching under the subject heading: "feminism-dictionaries", as well as other terms followed by the subdivision "dictionaries".

Andermahr, Sonya, et al. A Glossary of Feminist Theory. New York: Oxford UP, 1997.

Boles, Janet K., et al. From the Goddess to the Glass Ceiling: A Dictionary of Feminism. Lanham, MD: Madison Books, 1996.

Gamble, Sarah, ed. The Icon Critical Dictionary of Feminism and Postmodernism.
Cambridge: Icon Books, 1999.

Kramarae, Cheris, and Paula A. Treichler. A Feminist Dictionary: In Our Own Words. London: Pandora Press, 1985.


Directories

  • Use to locate contact information for associations, agencies, organizations, services, etc.
  • Locate relevant directories in a library catalogue by searching under the subject heading: "women - directories", as well as other terms followed by the subdivision "directories". Look for the most recent edition, when appropriate.

Barrett, Jacqueline K., and Jane A. Malonis, eds. Encyclopedia of Women's Associations Worldwide: A Guide to Over 3,400 National and Multinational Nonprofit Women's and Women-related Organizations. London: Gale Research, 1993.

Making a World of Difference: A Directory of Women in Canada Specializing in Global Issues. Ottawa: Women's Directory Project, Canadian Council for International Co-operation, 1990.

Women's Information Directory. Detroit: Gale Research, 1993-

Encyclopedias

  • Use to locate general overviews of a subject and factual and background information, usually written by a subject expert.
  • Locate relevant encyclopedias in a library catalogue by searching under the subject headings: "feminism - encyclopedias" or "women - encyclopedias", as well as other terms followed by the subdivision "encyclopedias".

McFadden, Margaret, ed. Women's Issues. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 1997.

Tierney, Helen, ed. Women's Studies Encyclopedia. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood
Press, 1999.

Young, Serinity, ed. Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 1999.


Handbooks

  • Use to find information and miscellaneous facts in a field of knowledge.
  • Locate relevant handbooks in a library catalogue by searching under the subject headings: "women -- handbooks, manuals, etc. " or "feminism -- handbooks, manuals, etc.", as well as other terms followed by the subdivision: "handbooks".

Almey, Marcia. Finding Data on Women: A Guide to the Major Data Sources at Statistics Canada. Ottawa: Status of Women Canada, 1998.

Harlan, Judith. Feminism: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO,
1998.

Rosenfeld, Jo Ann, ed. Handbook of Women's Health: An Evidence-Based Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.

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