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Women and Gender Studies

Resources and strategies for researching assignments in women's studies/gender studies.

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.

Encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries and other reference books can be a great place to start your research. They will:

  • Give you the background information you need to start researching unfamiliar concepts
  • Help you to narrow your topic down to a manageable research question
  • Provide fast, reliable sources for definitions, facts, and statistics.

Use the following multi-subject and subject-specific databases to search for detailed research articles on your topic. Login required for off-campus access. Click here for the full list of Rosemont's electronic databases.

The links below will direct you to additional resources on the open web. Depending on the nature of your research, it may or may not be appropriate to utilize these sources, so it is always best to check first with your professor or a librarian. Consult this page for more guidance on evaluating websites.

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