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  • The Gender Studies Database combines NISC's popular Women's Studies International and Men's Studies databases with the coverage of sexual diversity issues. Relevant contributions from NISCs Child Development & Adolescent Studies as well as Family & Society Studies Worldwide databases are added in order to round out the coverage of related disciplines.

  • International literature on women's issues covering 1900 sources and 130 countries. Includes full-text articles written about current events, government regulations, social issues and more.

  • A full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press. This interdisciplinary resource provides a valuable source of viewpoints and perspectives to complement and challenge the coverage of the mainstream media.

  • Sociological Abstracts indexes international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Database provides access to a larger group of journals then SocIndex and therefore is a great place to start your sociology research. Access a Fact Sheet to learn more about this database.

  • LGBT Life contains all of the content available in GLBT Life as well as full text for 50 of the most important and historically significant LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers, as well as dozens of full text monographs. The database includes comprehensive indexing and abstract coverage as well as a specialized LGBT Thesaurus containing over 6,300 terms.

  • Scopus is an abstracts database of 27 million records (back to 1966) covering articles from 14,200 peer-reviewed titles, including international publishers. Subject coverage includes: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Engineering; Life and Health Sciences; Social Sciences, Psychology and Economics; Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; and General Sciences.

  • SocINDEX is a full-text database featuring articles, books, and conference papers focused on sociology. This is a great place to look for journal articles for research in the subject area of women's studies.



  • Provides a "gender lens" on society by looking at significant gender scholarship within commonly recognized areas of social research. Some areas included are: Art, Popular Culture and Sport, Biographies, Body Image, Health and Illness, Crime, Race and Ethnicity, and sexuality and reproduction.

  • An ebook, providing current information on qualitative research methods. Resource includes techniques, facts and examples from the field of qualitative research.

  • Excellent Online encyclopedia providing background information for research topics in the social sciences.

    The three volumes provide a detailed history of the women’s movement worldwide. Subjects covered include: reproductive rights, sexual slavery, harassment, forced marriage, mortality in birthing, domestic violence and rape, job discrimination, pay inequities, women in leadership positions, and other crucial issues. In addition it calls for further action in the areas of  education, religion, politics, the military, personal relationships, the workplace, and the home.

  • Scholars, academic researchers, and other experts have created a free encyclopedia of information about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (glbtq) culture. The resource contains more than one million words in over 900 entries about the arts and literature. Illustrations and historical photographs also are included.
  • An interdisciplinary encyclopedia covering a broad array of health topics. A 58 page glossary of health terms is provided.

Primary Resources

  • A collection of over 50,000 images from original documents relating to Gender Studies. The source documents are drawn from the holdings of libraries and archives throughout the world, including many from the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England. By using images of the texts rather than transcriptions, the database permits students studying the past to connect with greater immediacy.
  • Spans more than 400 years of personal writings, bringing together the voices of women from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
  • Provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard University's library and museum collections.
  • Resources organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000. Annual additions of 5,000 pages of documents, ensures continued access to a developing collection of the study of U.S. Women's history.
  • Features over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters from 1482 authors.

Web Sites

  • The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women(CRIAW) is a research institute providing tools "to facilitate organizations taking action to advance social justice and equality for all women."

  • This web site provides links to the best web resources for Women's Studies. It includes sources on activism, women's health and the history of women. It also provides information about some academic programs in Women's Studies.

  • In 1903, only two years after the Nobel Foundation was established, a Nobel Prize was awarded to a woman, Marie Curie, for the first time. Site lists women award the Nobel Prize.
  • Develops and supports Women's Studies as an interdisciplinary field within the academic community.

  • This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letter, diaries, artifacts, etcl) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to interviews with women engineers from the 1970s. Learn more about the database (e.g. scope, awards, etc).

  • Site created and maintained by the United Nations. Content covers everything from education and media to poverty and violence. Statistical information is also provided.