Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies information resources: Books & articles

Find books

SFU Library catalogue search guide

Search using the SFU Library Catalogue's basic search or the advanced search.

To find a specific book, use "Browse by "title"

Use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue.  Select "Title" (drop-down menu) and enter term.

To search for a topic using keywords

Search using the SFU Library Catalogue's basic search or the advanced search.

To narrow the results list even further, use the "subject" terms (left-hand column)

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)

Note:  For Catalogue Search, when combining concepts, use CAPITAL letters ( "OR", "AND")

Browse by "subject"

Use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue.  Select "Subject" (drop-down menu), and enter term.

Journal articles and literature reviews

How to find journal articles | Find a Peer-Reviewed Article in Social Science Journals

Start with Women's Studies International for any issues related to gender, sexuality and women's studies

Then try:

  • 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.

Literature reviews

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:

For a more complete list of databases, try: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies databases

Citation searching

To find out who is citing your key sources, try "citation" searches using:

Google searching

Search tips for Google, Google Scholar, DuckDuckGo, and other search engines

  • 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
    • site:gov
  • Can search for filetype:pdf

Evaluate sources and avoid plagiarism

Evaluating sources

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]

New books

Interested in what new books the Library is getting for Women’s Studies?