GSWS 306: Gender, Sexuality and Autobiographical Media

 Contact info

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

Research process

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 and handbooks

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

Find journal articles

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.  If SFU Library does not provide access, then request a copy through the Library's Inter-Library-loans Service by filling out the Citation finder/ILL form.

  • 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
  • Sociological Abstracts - for articles on societal issues
  • Ageline - Literature on social gerontology, including articles from journals and magazines, books, research reports, and videos, with a focus on the social, psychological, and economic aspects of middle age and aging.

Find books in the Library

Library Catalogue search guide

Search the SFU Library Catalogue: Advanced keyword

For the searches below, you can further limit the search results by "Subject" or "Resource type" (such as "books)

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")

Look at the titles in the "results list" and for those books that look relevantclick on their subject headings.

Selected books

Selected subject headings to find books

These selected Library of Congress Subject Headings will  assist you with finding books on research methods.  
Use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select "Subject" browse from the drop-down menu.

Library guides

Writing help

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