GSWS 350 / GSWS 824 Public Policy for Women (Gender & Social Policy)

 Contact info

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

Other library guides of interest: Public PolicyUrban Housing PolicyGovernment resources

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.

Databases for journal articles, policy papers, government reports

How to find journal articles

Search for journal articles on your topic using the databases, below.  From within the database, use the "Get@SFU" link to find it or to initiate an inter-library loan request.  

  • Women's Studies International -- Main database for GSWS topics. Scholarly journal articles.
  • ProQuest Sociology Collection - for issues related to class, gender, racism, sexuality and sexism and theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and policy science.
  • Academic Search Premier. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals. 
  • Social Sciences Full Text - indexes social sciences journals
  • Political Science Complete - Scholarly journal articles,Journals, reference books and monographs, and conference papers on political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse.
  • CBCA Complete - Comprehensive Canadian periodical collection for reference and current events. Publications include scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.
  • Canadian Research Index - (1982-) Access to "all depository publications...federal government and the ten provinces and three territories". Note: For older reports, check the "Microlog Collection" (on microfiche) which is on the 6th floor of the Bennett Library.  To find a report, make note of its Microlog Number.
  • Canada Commons (formerly, Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris) - Canadian health and public policy documents, and Canadian e-books. 
  • ECONLIT : Your best place to start with any research in Economics

Multiple database search:  Academic Search Complete, Anthropology Plus, EconLit, Political Science Complete, Social Sciences Abstracts (H.W. Wilson), Social Sciences Full Text (H.W. Wilson) 

( (hous* OR condo* OR townhouse* OR "town house*") )
AND afford*
AND ( sociolog* or anthropol* )
AND ( (Surrey OR "lower mainland" OR GVRD OR Vancouver OR Burnaby OR Richmond OR "White Rock" OR BC OR "British Columbia") ) 



Zhu, Y., Yuan, Y., Gu, J., & Fu, Q. (2021). Neoliberalization and inequality: disparities in access to affordable housing in urban Canada 1981–2016. Housing Studies, 1–28.


  • 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. Full text for the local BC newspapers is limited, and if available, they may not be indexed cover-to-cover so try searching the internet for their online editions.
    • Search strategy for coverage of BC elections: 
      • (election* OR name-of-your-candidate) AND (BC OR British Columbia OR "name of your city or municipality")
      • [issue you are researching] AND (BC OR British Columbia OR "name of your city or municipality")
  • Vancouver Public Library's British Columbia Index (2002 - ) Courier, WestEnder, Georgia Straight, etc.
  • Legislative Library of British Columbia Indexes Selective index to newspapers and magazines published in British Columbia

Selected local newspapers 

Find books

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, using the Basic or the Advanced search

Note: In the searches belowyou can limit search results to "Resource type" of "Books"and by "Subject" (left-hand column)



British Columbia

Municipal related



Library guides

Writing help

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