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

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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

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?