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To find a specific book, use "Browse by "title"
To search for a topic using keywords
- femini* AND research method* (limit to "Books", using the pull down menu)
- "women of color" AND femini*"
- "transnational femini*"
- (gay OR transgender OR lesbian* OR queer OR LGBT*) AND rights
Combine different concepts using AND
Combine same concepts using OR
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase
Use brackets for synonyms
Use asterisk (*) for different endings of words
Select, "Source Types" as "Books" or in the results list, limit the results by selecting, "Books" limiter (left-hand column)
Browse by "subject"
- Feminism -- Africa (try names of other countries or regions for their feminist movements)
- Feminism -- History
- Feminism -- Research
- Feminist theory
- Feminists -- Biography
- Mixed methods -- Research
- Women's rights
Journal articles and literature reviews
Start with Women's Studies International for any issues related to gender, sexuality and women's studies
- Sociological Abstracts - Abstracts of journal articles, books, chapters, association papers, dissertations, and book, film, and software reviews related to theoretical and applied social sciences.
- Social Sciences Full Text - Broad coverage of social science journals.
While there is no single "literature review" journal for this discipline, the two databases (below) will provide literature review types of articles.
- Annual Reviews - literature review types of articles from anthropology, criminology, economics, environment, genomics and human genetics. law, political science, public health, sociology and more.
- Oxford Bibliographies Online - provides "literature reviews" for topics in anthropology, African studies, geography, international relations, Islamic studies, Latin American studies, political science, sociology and more.
For Canadian topics:
- CBCA Complete - covers scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. Limit results to "scholalry" or "academic"
- Canadian Newsstream - covers Canadian newspapers, including Vancouver Sun, Globe & Mail
- Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris - full text of public policy documents
For a more complete list of databases, try: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies databases
To find out who is citing your key sources, try "citation" searches using:
- Use intitle: to force the search engine to find those words in the titles of results
- intitle:airport intitle:security
- Use site: to specify results from a particular web site or top-level domain
- Can search for filetype:pdf
Evaluate sources and avoid plagiarism
Once you've found a web resource related to your topic, evaluating its reliability is the critically important final step. Make sure to ask the basic questions: Who? What? Where? When? and Why?
Understanding and avoiding plagiarism [interactive tutorial]
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