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GSWS 318 / GSWS 831: Gender and Memory in Global Asia

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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 dictionaries and encyclopedias

Find journal articles

How to find journal articles
Search for journal articles on your topic using the databases, below. 
Use the "Get@SFU" icon will to find copies of articles which are not full-text within the database or to request the article through Inter-Library Loans.

Women's Studies International
For issues related to gender, sexuality and women's studies

America: History and Life
Literature on all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture and current affairs from prehistory to present. Access is limited to 6 users at a time. Users will be automatically logged out of the database after 12 minutes of inactivity.
Anthropology Plus
Key database for Anthropological journal articles and finding ethnographies.

Bibliography of Asian Studies
Periodicals, individually authored monographs (published 1971 to 1992 only), chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften on East, Southeast, and South Asia.

Bibliography of Native North Americans
More than 80,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents on all aspects of Native North American culture, history, and life. Topics include archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. Coverage is from the sixteenth century to the present. For questions such as "residential schools." 

Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris
Canadian health and public policy documents, and Canadian e-books. Includes three major components: Canadian Health Research, Canadian Public Policy documents, and fiction and non-fiction e-books from Canadian publishers.

CBCA Complete
Comprehensive Canadian periodical collection for reference and current events. Publications include scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.

Historical Abstracts
Abstracts of journal articles, book reviews, dissertations on the history of the world outside, excluding Canada and the United States, since 1450. Access is limited to 6 users at a time. Users will be automatically logged out of the database after 12 minutes of inactivity.

International Political Science Abstracts
Abstracts of political science articles published in journals and yearbooks around the world. Coverage from 1951 to present

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text (LISTA)
Covers the fields of librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, and information management. It also indexes journals related to museums.

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

News databases

These databases provide full-text articles from newspapers. 

American Indian Newspapers
Print journalism from Indigenous peoples of the US and Canada, from 1828 to 2016.

Gale, Primary Sources
Search across multiple Gale collections for monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, maps, and other primary sources.

The Independent Digital Archive
Covers the entire print run of the British daily newspaper, 1986 - 2016.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Historical New York Times
Full text of the New York Times newspaper from its inception in 1851 to four years ago. Contains full-page images of each issue.

Times Digital Archive
Also known as the "The London Times" or "The Times of London" this is a digital reproduction of The Times newspaper with a 6-year embargo on current content. It also includes its predecessor The Universal Daily Register (1785-1788). The world's oldest continuously published newspaper, the Times contains extensive national (UK) and international news coverage, UK parliamentary reports, commentary, and editorial opinions. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements, and illustrations/photos.

Primary documents

Primary documents databases provide historical documents from a particular time period. 

Primary Sources for the Humanities
This guide provides a list of many primary sources databases, most of which would have images. Check the side tab for databases or websites by geographic regions.

China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980
Manuscripts, paintings, maps, photographs, drawings, and missionary periodicals documenting the experiences of British and American diplomats, missionaries, business people, and tourists in China from 1793 to 1980.

Public mail, memoranda, reports, cables, meeting notes, news clippings, and more on the Tiananmen Square demonstrations, China's human rights issues, and U.S. - China relations in the post-Cold War Era.

Canadiana online Unrecognized SFU Widget: open(Open access)
Canadian monographs, periodicals, government publications, newspapers and annuals. New content is added to Canadiana Online and complements the closed Early Canadiana Online database.

Archives and museums

An archive preserves the historical records (evidence) and they can be found at local (municipal), provincial or national levels. They could be private or public. Not everything in an archive is available in the digital format.  In addition, some material may have restricted access or have an embargo period before the material is allowed to be viewed. 

Library Archives Canada
"Acquires, processes, preserves and provides access to our documentary heritage." The search engine, below, searches both the Library and Archival collections.

Museum journals may have articles on "memory", "representation", and discussions about inclusion or exclusion of different cultural histories. You may want to search the database,

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text (LISTA)
Covers the fields of librarianship, and it also indexes journals related to museums.

Examples of journals:

Find books, book chapters, journal articles

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."

Library Catalogue search guide

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

Note: In the searches below, search results have been limited to "Online Resources only" and "Resource type" of "Books". You can further limit by using "Subject" (left-hand column)

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

Use pulldown menu and select, "Source Types" as "Books"

Note:  For Catalogue Search, when combining concepts, use CAPITAL letters ( "OR", "AND")

If you have found one book that is particularly relevant to your research, but need more, search that book in the library catalogue and use the subject headings associated with that book!

    Selected books

    Subject headings

    Browse Books in the Library Catalogue Using Subject Headings

    Catalogue Search / Browse then change "Title" to "Subject" and enter your subject term, for example:

    Subject headings for feminist research methods

    Try the detailed guide, Research methods for Gender, Sexuality. and Women's studies

    Search: "qualitative research" (limited to "Online Resources only")

    "qualitative research" AND feminis* (limited to "Online Resources only")

    Selected books

    Cite images and something from social media sites

    Images can be found in newspapers from the time period being studies, primary documents databases, archival repositories, etc.

    Use the guide Primary Sources for the Humanities to find images in databases.

    Citing something from Twitter or Facebook (APA)

    APA (6th ed.)

    Posts from the APA Style Blog 7th edition (new):

    Archived 6th edition posts (citation examples and explanations):

    For more, try Finding and using online images


    Google search tips 

    While searching the internet can find unexpected gems, be sure to evaluate the sources using the guide, "Evaluating sources"

    • Use intitle: to force Google to find those words in the titles of results.  Use quotation marks ("") to search for phrases.  With a Google search the Boolean operator "AND" is assumed, so you don't need to use it in your search strategy.
    • Use site: to specify results from a government web site from USA
      • intitle:"comfort women" site:gov
    • Search websites of different countries using the "country domain code"

    E.g. Search internet domains from China (.cn) or Japan (.jp)

    intitle:"comfort women" ("oral history" OR stories OR "cover up" OR apology) intitle:"comfort women"  ( OR

    • Use filetype: to tell Google to find certain filetypes
      • filetype:pdf

    intitle:"comfort women" ("oral history" OR stories OR "cover up" OR apology) intitle:"comfort women"  ( OR filetype:pdf

    For more, try: Search Tips for Google and Google Scholar

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