On this page
- Contact info
- Databases for journal articles, dissertations and more
- Grey literature
- Journal rankings
- Catalogue Search for books, reports, articles, A/V and more
- Search other library catalogues
- Citation searching
- Current awareness and tools
- Inter-Library loans and reciprocal borrowing
- Research Commons
- Selected library guides
This guide is an introduction to some of the tools and resources useful for graduate students in GSWS.
Databases for journal articles, dissertations and more
SFU databases for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Databases. Each database has a different focus and journals that it indexes. Start with Women's Studies International and then try others.
- Women's Studies International (WSI) - main database for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's studies topics
- ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Abstracts and Index - Dissertations can be a good source for finding methodologies and for recent bibliographies.
- Oxford Bibliographies Online - provides reviews of literature for different disciplines
- Sage Research Methods Online
- Databases: Major reference work, Datasets, Primary Documents databases
There are no limits on the number of requests you can make and there's no charge for the service.
Most of our article indexes have a link embedded in the record which allows you to find SFU library holdings for the article (print or online) or request it.
- Government resources [guide]
Grey literature [guide]
Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris
Contains the full text of public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks and research groups.
International governmental organizations (IGOs) are organizations made up of more than one national government—examples include NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and the WHO (World Heath Organization). The governments are the members. IGO Search is a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) that searches across IGO websites. It is a project of the International Documents Taskforce (IDTF) of the American Library Association (ALA). For more information on this project, including a growing list of IGOs included in the search, please see the IDTF wiki.
- Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris
- Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Web of Science
- Scimago Journal & Country rank - Gender Studies
- Google Scholar Metrics - Gender Studies
- Google Scholar Metrics - Sex & Sexuality
Catalogue Search for books, reports, articles, A/V and more
Books can provide a more in-depth look at topics.
Search SFU Library Catalogue and catalogues of other libraries
As a part of your literature review process, start with SFU Library Catalogue and then expand your search by checking out the content of other libraries.
See also Books + articles for search tips
Image below shows how you can search using SFU Library Catalogue and select the box to "expand results beyond SFU Library collection. However this expanded search is limited to libraries which use ExLibris (the same Integrated Library System (ILS) as SFU Library does).
Search other library catalogues
- WorldCat (restricted to SFU users) - provides information about content of over 9000+ libraries
- Library and Archives Canada - provides information about content of Canadian libraries
- Outlook Online / BC Union Catalogue - provides information about the content of BC libraries
- Center for Research (CRL) Libraries Catalog
Web of Science Index to articles in major journals in science, technology, social sciences with some arts & humanities content. NO controlled vocabulary so you need to use synonyms and related terms to ensure comprehensive searching. Enables citation searching and for "related records", article that have citations in common, even if they don't cite each other.
- Topic alerts - set up alerts in any category or sub-specialty and receive regular updates of the latest research.
- Citation Alerting -keep track of particular citations, to see if anyone is citing it in recent journals.
- You can set up a citation alert whenever you’re reading a full-text article by clicking on "Save as Citation Alert."
- Web of Sciences Cited References Searching Tutorial
Google Scholar Indexes the full text of articles, books, reports, academic web sites, reports, etc. Good for cross-disciplinary and emerging fields of research.
- For Cited Reference Search. Look at the link "cited by".
- search for your "key" article. Check the link "cited by" right beneath the reference to that article
- "Citation alerts"
TIP: to avoid an overload of irrelevant stuff, set up an alert on the page where you list out "cited references"
- captures a "wider" range of journals and also includes "book chapters" etc.
- TIP: to avoid an overload of irrelevant stuff, set up an alert on the page where you list out "cited references"
- Finding SFU & non-SFU theses
- Proquest Dissertations and Theses Abstracts and Index More than 2 million citations, dating back to 1861, to dissertations accepted for doctoral degrees. Abstracts are available for all records since 1980.
- Theses Canada Free access to the full text of Canadian theses and dissertations that were published from 1998 to August 31, 2002. Citations since 1965.
Submit your thesis
- Preparing and Submitting Your Thesis provides deadlines, forms, workshops, templates
- SFU theses workshops
- Contact the Theses Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org / 778.782.4747
Current awareness and tools
Guide: Current awareness resources
- Save your literature search in a database and receive email alerts.
- sshrc- list (sign up list for the social sciences and humanities research through the Office of Research Services)
- Selected new books and other items purchased by the Library
- Watch That Page - this website can send email alerts whenever a web page has been updated, which may be useful for tracking small publishers or societies.
BrowZine - brings scholarly, academic journal content together from multiple publishers and platforms into a single place, where you can save your favorite journals, view the tables of contents, and read or save articles, as new issues are released. Use the BrowZine App to set up table of contents alerts for your favorite journals. Use BrowZine Web to browse recent issues of journals by subject.
Citation Management software:Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote, other
NVIVO -software to assist with organizing research (quantitative & qualitative)
Inter-Library loans and reciprocal borrowing
To find out if SFU Library owns a particular book or if it subscribes to a specific journal:
- Search the Library Catalogue
For items that the SFU Library does not have, place an ILL request: Request items from other libraries
- How to Place and an Inter-Library Loan Request (Sept 2017)
SFU Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements that allow SFU users to borrow materials in person at select post-secondary libraries in BC and across Canada. See the below agreements for more information:
- Lower Mainlaind Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement [between SFU, College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, University College of the Fraser Valley]
COPPUL: Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement
- Go to SFU Library Loans Desk at any of the SFU Library locations to have them create a "COPPUL" card for you. This allows you to go to partner institutions and borrow materials (e.g. UBC Library). Please observe the "loans" policies of that institution.
- Conference Alerts - Academic and professional conference listings by subject and region
Research Commons provides support for academic writing and learning at the graduate level
Read Ahead Service
- Submit a Consultation request and choose "Writing" as the Consultation Type.
- Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Space (drop-in)
- Read Ahead Service
- Data & statistics information
- GIS (Geographic Information Systems), including geospatial data and maps.
- Copyright at SFU
- Scholarly publishing and open access
Selected library guides
- Literature reviews for graduate students
- Services for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
- How to critically evaluate sources
- Evaluating sources [video from Western University]
- Writing Annotated bibliographies
- Research methods for gender, sexuality. and women's studies
- Research guides by type or format of publication