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GSWS 101 -- Gender Talk

Contact info

For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies by email () or Ask a librarian.


    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.

    Selected encyclopedias

    Use encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks to obtain definitions and overviews of a topic and also to identify key authors.

    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

    How to find journal articles

    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.
    Tip: Check for email, export and search history options in each database!

    For more, try:  Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies databases

    Find books

    Library Catalogue search guide

    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."

    Search the SFU Library Catalogue, either the Basic or the Advanced search

    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)

    Proper syntax for Boolean logic (words that allow you to combine concepts)

    Combine different concepts using AND
    Combine same concepts using OR
    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")

    Selected books

    Find books by subject headings

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


    Search tips for Google and Google Scholar

    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

    Writing help

    See the Student Learning Commons for expert and friendly help with academic writing, learning, and study strategies.