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Start Your Research Here - This page gives you an overview of the research process, or in other words how to find materials for your essay.
Use encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks to obtain definitions and overviews of a topic and also to identify key authors.
- Bloomsbury handbook of 21st-century feminist theory
- Encyclopedia of feminist theories
- Encyclopedia of sex and gender
- Greenwood encyclopedia of LGBT issues worldwide
- Handbook of research on women's issues and rights in the developing world
- Oxford handbook of transnational feminist movements
- Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking
- Routledge handbook of human trafficking
- Sage handbook of feminist theory
- Transgender : a reference handbook
Create search strategies
Write down your research question in the form of a sentence and then highlight the keywords which identify the main concepts.
Write down synonyms or related terms for each of the highlighted concept words.
How have employment practices been changed by the ideas of gender identity?
- employment (jobs, work, inclusive workplace, employers, employees, jobs)
- gender identity (gay, queer, transgender, masculinity, femininity, etc.)
(job OR jobs OR employ* OR work OR "inclusive workplace*")
(women OR gender OR gay OR queer OR transgender)
Find journal articles and news stories
Search for journal articles on your topic using the databases below. From within the database, use the "Get@SFU" icon will to find copies of articles which are not full-text within the database. Limit search results to "academic / scholarly" articles.
- Women's Studies International -- Start with this database and then search other databases.
- Academic Search Premier -- (multidisciplinary) covers many GSWS journals in full text.Limit your search results to "Academic" or "Scholarly" sources.
- CBCA Complete -- Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) Complete. Limit your search results to "Academic" or "Scholarly" sources.
- Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris - full text of public policy documents
- Canadian Newsstream -- Full text access to major Canadian daily newspapers (such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, The Gazette (Montreal), and Vancouver Sun) as well as small market newspapers and weeklies published in Canada.
For more, try: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies databases
The Library Catalogue provides access to books, journal articles, videos, government documents and much more. To limit the search results to "books", use the filter (left-hand column in search results) to "resource type" of "books."
For known items it is best to check using "Browse by title"
Note: In the searches below, some of the search results have been limited to "Online Resources only" and "Resource type" of "Books". You can further limit by using "Subject" (left-hand column)
- (prostitut* OR "sex work*")
- prostitut* AND feminis* AND (debate* OR theor*)
- (women OR gender OR gay OR queer OR transgender) AND (job OR employ* OR work) AND canad*
- (suffrage* OR voting OR women's rights) AND canad*
- (immigr* OR "visible minor*" OR "women of color" OR race OR ethnic*) AND women AND canad*
- (aborig* OR native* OR indian* OR indigen* OR metis OR inuit) AND women AND canad*
- (prostitut* OR "sex trade" OR "sex work*") AND (legal* OR decriminal* OR criminal*)
- (sexualit* OR mascuilin* OR feminit*) AND (theor* OR debat* OR issue*)
Proper syntax for Boolean logic (words that allow you to combine concepts)
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
Note: For Catalogue Search, when combining concepts, use CAPITAL letters ( "OR", "AND")
- Debating sex work
- Disrupting queer inclusion : Canadian homonationalisms and the politics of belonging
- Feminism, prostitution and the state : the politics of neo-abolitionism
- Gender Work : Feminism after Neoliberalism
- Global Masculinities and Manhood
- Global Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage A Neo-Institutional Approach
- Not for sale feminists resisting prostitution and pornography
- Policing the sex industry : protection, paternalism and politics
- Politics of prostitution : women's movements, democratic states and the globalisation of sex commerce
- Prostitution : sex work, policy & politics
- Red Light Labour : Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance
- Thinking queerly : race, sex, gender, and the ethics of identity
- Transgender China
- The transgender studies reader / edited by Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle
- What Gender Is, What Gender Does
Find books by subject headings
- Name of specific person (feminist) for biographical and critical material about that person.
- Feminism - name of country/geographic region
- Suffrage - Canada
- Feminism -- International cooperation (for global and transnational feminism)
- Women - name of country/geographic region - issue (e.g. employment, social conditions)
Name of a specific group of people/women
- Aboriginal women - Canada
- Black Canadian Women
- Chinese Canadian - Women
- Homeless women -- Canada
- Immigrant women
- Indigenous Women - Canada
- Minority women -- Canada
- Native Women - Canada
- Poor Women -- Canada
- Prostitutes - Canada
- Women - Immigrants - Canada
- Women - Black - Canada
- Young Women - Canada
- Subject terms for gender / sexuality studies
- Library Archives Canada - Celebrating Women's Achievement
- The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Status of Women
- Feminist Theory Website - "provides research materials" - fields within feminism; national and ethnic feminisms; Individual feminists
- Women's Studies / Issues Resource Sites - by Professor Joan Korenman
Search tips & techniques
- Use "or" to combine same concept; Use "and" to combine different concepts.
- When you have only one line search box, then put braces around your synonyms
(____________ or __________) AND (__________ or ________)
- Use an asterisk (*) the truncation symbol, for variation on endings of words
entrepreneur* --> to find: entrepreneur, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship
- Use "quotation marks" to search for an exact phrase
- Alternate spellings: use American & Canadian spellings (labour or labor)
- Use abbreviations and full words (TV or television)
- Geographic concepts: ( Vancouver or BC or British Columbia or Canada or North America)
- Alternate terms: Subject headings or Descriptors or Thesauri words. Use words from the database thesaurus (if available) to increase relevancy.
- Library guide: Search tips for Google and Google Scholar
- Search in titles: Use intitle: to force Google to find those words in the titles of results (MUCH more specific results)
intitle:airport intitle:security “full body” (ethics OR rights)
Searching within a specific site or domain: Use site: to specify results from a particular web site or top-level domain
“Airport security” “full body scans” site:gov
Library research guides
- Annotated bibliographies
- Start your research here: an overview of the research process [guide]
- Library Research Tutorials. Animated tutorials on search techniques for finding books and journal articles.
- Developing a topic [video]
- What is a scholarly journal? [guide]
- Library Catalogue search guide
- Finding articles: Advanced search techniques [video]
- Evaluating sources
- Moving from citation to article: Find the full text of an article from the article citation [guide]
- Search tips for Google and Google Scholar
- Understanding and avoiding plagiarism [interactive tutorial]
- Where can I get this? Citation finder [tool]
- More Tutorials
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