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Resources and strategies for researching assignments in women's studies/gender studies.
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Getting Started: What Am I Looking For?

Interdisciplinary Research

Gender studies are considered interdisciplinary because gender can be studied through a number of lenses:

  • Humanities: gender in literature and art, gender in religion, philosophy of gender
  • Social Sciences: psychological and sociological aspects of gender, gender in business and politics, gender in history
  • Sciences: gender issues in the sciences, gender in medicine, overlap between bioethics and gender

What does that mean when I'm researching?

  • You'll need to consult a wide variety of resources.
  • You'll probably need to start your research from one of the disciplines above, and find gender concerns within the resources on that subject.
  • You may end up doing research in more than one discipline.

Getting Started: Online Reference Resources

Use these resources to get topic ideas, find quick data, or learn the basics about a subject. To use them from off-campus, click the link, and then enter your Rosemont email and password when prompted.

  • Credo Reference  
    Enter a term in Credo's main search box to search across a variety of scholarly reference titles at once. You can also browse through reference books by clicking Find A Book in the purple bar at the top of the page and then selecting from the left-hand list of subjects.

    Citation information is provided for most articles found in Credo Reference, at the bottom of the page.
  • The Encyclopedia Britannica Online
    Online version of The Encyclopedia Britannica.
  • Handbook fo Social Psychology
    Searchable online version of the 5th edition of this reference work. Topics covered include methodology and experimentation, gender, health, perception, identity, neuroscience, group relations, morality, social justice and more.
  • The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
    Compiled by 275 specialists from around the world and including almost 300 entries, the Guidepresents a comprehensive historical survey of the literary theory's most important figures, schools, and movements. Browse by topic, name, or alphabetically by entry. Updated annually.
  • Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles
    Provides entries on over 1,000 author's lives and writing careers, contextual material, timelines, sets of internal links and bibliographies. Coverage is from the earliest times to the present.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    Online version of the Statistical Abstract of the United States. Authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States from 1878 to the present. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
    Provides full-text access to more than 30,000 pages of documents pertaining to women and social movements. Also includes a dictionary of social movements and organizations, a chronology of U.S. women's history, reviews, and teaching tools.

Getting Started: Selected Reference Books at Kistler Library

Use these resources to get topic ideas, find quick data, or learn the basics about a subject. They can be found in the Information Commons, the first room you enter in the Library.

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Encyclopedia of women and world religions - Young, Serinity, ed.
Call Number: REFERENCE BL458 .E53 1999 V.1-2
ISBN: 0028646088
Publication Date: 1999

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Black women in America - Hine, Darlene Clark, ed.
Call Number: REFERENCE E185.86 .B542 2005 V.1-3
ISBN: 0195156773
Publication Date: 2005

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Routledge international encyclopedia of women - Kramarae, Cheris, and Spender, Dale, eds.
Call Number: REFERENCE HQ1115 .R69 2000 V.1-4
ISBN: 0415920884
Publication Date: 2000

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Women in World History - Commire, Anne, and Klezmer, Deborah, eds.
Call Number: REFERENCE HQ1115 .W6 1999 V.1-17
ISBN: 078763736X
Publication Date: 1999

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Political and historical encyclopedia of women - Fauré, Christine, ed.
Call Number: REFERENCE HQ 1236.5 .E85 E52 2003
ISBN: 1579582370
Publication Date: 2003

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Historical dictionary of women's education in the United States - Eisenmann, Linda, ed.
Call Number: REFERENCE LC1752 .H57 1998
ISBN: 0313293236
Publication Date: 1998

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North American women artists of the twentieth century: a biographical dictionary - Heller, Jules, and Heller, Nancy G., eds.
Call Number: REFERENCE N6503 .N67 1995
ISBN: 0824060490
Publication Date: 1995

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The Oxford companion to women's writing in the United States - Davidson, Cathy N., and Wagner-Martin, Linda, editors-in-chief
Call Number: REFERENCE PS147 .O94 1995
ISBN: 0195066081
Publication Date: 1995-01-05

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Notable women scientists - Proffitt, Pamela, ed.
Call Number: REFERENCE Q141 .N736 1999
ISBN: 0787639001
Publication Date: 1999

Research: General Strategies

Use these resources to learn about how to do better research.

Research: Books

Research: Articles

  • OmniFile Full Text Mega
    Full-text database that covers many subjects, and contains a number of titles in women's and gender studies. NOTE: While this is a "full-text" database, we do NOT have full-text access to EVERYTHING in it. Some articles may be inaccessible, but you can order them through Interlibrary Loan.
  • ProjectMUSE
    Another database covering multiple subjects, with full text for many articles available through JSTOR. Includes a number of titles in women's and gender studies.
  • Lexis-Nexis
    Primarily used for newspaper articles and legal research, but also has some full-text academic journal coverage. Click the Subject Areas tab in the left-hand sidebar to search publications in various subjects, or click the Legal tabs to search legal publications; both have coverage of gender-related issues.
  • (EBSCO) Art Full Text
    Indexes journals in the arts, including many titles concerning women and gender studies. Some full text is available.
  • Cambridge Histories Online
    The Cambridge Histories are over 260 volumes on American and British history, literary studies, philosophy, religious studies, and more. Some of the titles specifically concern women and gender issues, while others contain chapters on these subjects.
  • CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
    A full text database in international affairs, which can be useful for looking at gender issues in a worldwide political context.
  • ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)  
    Abstracts of articles in education. While in most cases full text is not directly available, you can check for the name of the journal in which an article was published in our Electronic Journal Locator, or order the article through Interlibrary Loan if we have no full text available.

    At the FirstSearch screen, use “Jump to Advanced Search” and select “ERIC.”
  • MLA International Biography
    A major citation database in language and literature, with some full text and coverage in gender issues.
  • Philosopher's Index
    Major citation index in philosophy, with some full text and coverage in gender issues.
  • PsycINFO  
    Citation database of articles in psychology, including coverage of gender issues and psychology of gender.

    At the Ovid news page, click the "Continue" button. Then choose "PsycINFO" from the database list. Rosemont College Library has PsycINFO in print from v. 1, 1927 to v. 87, 2000.

Research: Outside Rosemont

Use these resources to find and gain access to resources that Kistler Library doesn't have, but other libraries do.

  • WorldCat  
    WorldCat is a "world catalog" of books and other materials available in libraries worldwide. If Rosemont doesn't have an item, you can use WorldCat to find other libraries where it may be available.

    At the FirstSearch screen, use "Jump to Advanced Search" and select "WorldCat." After performing your search, you can click the "Libraries Worldwide" link below the item you want to see a list of nearby libraries where it's available.
  • Area Libraries
    This page on Kistler Library's website lists nearby libraries, with many of which we have reciprocal lending agreements.

    The libraries listed under "SEPCHE Libraries Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium of Higher Education" will lend materials freely to anyone with a Rosemont library card, and so will Villanova.

    The libraries listed at the link marked "TCLC - Tri-State College Library Cooperative" will lend to Rosemont students with a letter of introduction, which can be obtained from the Information Desk at Kistler Library.
  • Interlibrary Loan Forms
    These forms can be used to request that books and journal articles held at other libraries be sent to Kistler Library. Books are temporarily loaned, while articles are generally copied and given to the requester to keep.

    Fill the form out as completely as possible when requesting items. You must have a Library barcode on the back of your Rosemont ID to order ILL materials.

Writing Your Assignment


Contact Us

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Telephone: 610-527-0200 x2273
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For hours during breaks and finals, see the Library Hours page.

Library hours are also always available on a taped message at x2957, and posted on the Library door.


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