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GSWS 398: Feminist Currents

Contact info

For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies by email (moninder_lalli@sfu.ca) 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.

For more, try Background information

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.

Find articles on television shows and movies

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete -- Covers journals in the fields of communication, mass media studies, linguistics and film. Many major journals have indexing, abstracts, PDFs and searchable citations from their first issues to the present (dating as far back as 1915).

  • Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text - Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. In addition to indexing and full-text access to journals, this resource includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to the present and over 36,300 images from the MPTV Image Archive.

For more, try Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Databases

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, 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
Use
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

    Browse by author and subject

    Browse by author

    Catalogue Search / Browse then change "Title" to "Author" and then enter Author's Last name and then the First Name

    Browse using subject headings

    Primary documents databases

    • Archives of Sexuality & Gender
      A collection of primary sources on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world since 1940.  Rare and unique content from newsletters, organisational papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other types of primary sources sheds light on the gay rights movement, activism, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and more.
      • Use "Advanced" search for more flexibility in searching.  Use "topic finder" to search or topics.  E.g. film or cinema or "motion picture*"
    • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 
      Books, images, documents, scholarly essays, commentaries, and bibliographies that document the different facets of women's activism in public life.

    Websites

    Library guides

    Writing help

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