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Women's Studies Subject Guide

Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process, find reputable sources, and save time.

Searching the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials

To locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword, etc.

Examples of Subject searches include: Abortion; Aged women; Child rearing; Feminism; Housewives; Lesbianism; Marriage; Motherhood; Parenting; Pay equity; Prostitution; Rape; Sexism; Women’s Studies

Specific subject headings by name, description, geographical area, or genre:
Birth Control
Comfort women – Asia
Discrimination in employment
Domestic violence
English literature – Women authors Feminist theory
Footbinding – China
Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley
Gender identity
Hispanic American women – Biography
Huerta, Dolores
International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union -- History
Jewish women
Jones, Mother
Kitchens – Social aspects
Lange, Dorothea
Perkins, Frances
Sex crimes
Sex role
Sexual harassment
Slavery – China
Suffragists – United States
Teenage girls—United States
Triangle Shirtwaist Company – Fire, 1911
Women and literature
Women artists
Women – Employment – United States Women – Psychology
Women in politics – Latin America
Women’s rights
Working mothers

Autobiographies, diaries, letters, and memoirs of notable women:
Addams, Jane
Angelou, Maya
Beauvoir, Simone de
Davis, Angela
Dog, Mary Crow
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
Hooks, Bell
Kingston, Maxine Hong
Moody, Anne
Santiago, Esmeralda
Truth, Sojourner
Walker, Rebecca
Wong, Jade Snow

Reserve Materials

Reserve Materials include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter than regular circulating books.

To search for a book on reserve in the Library Catalog, select either Reserves by Course or Reserves by Instructor.

When you have located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.


Browsing the Library Collection

Materials in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the shelves by subject.

Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on Women's Studies include:

Sexual Life HQ 12-449
The Family. Marriage. Home HQ503-1064
Children. Child development HQ767.8-792.2
Man—woman relationships HQ801-999
Sex role HQ1075
Men HQ1088-1090.7
Women. Feminism HQ1101-2030.7
Working class women HD6073-8073
English literature – Women authors PR457
Women -- Suffrage JK1896-1911


Using Key Reference Sources

Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some relevant reference books in Women's Studies include:

Bailey, Martha J.  American Women in Science: A Biographical Dictionary.  
     Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- CLIO, 1994.  Q141.B25 1994 

Bernikow, Louise.  The American Women's Almanac: An Inspiring and Irreverent Women's 
     History.   New York: Berkley, 1997.  HQ1410.B47 1997 

Biggs, Mary.  Women’s Words: The Columbia Book of Quotations by Women.  New York: 
     Columbia, 1996.  PN6084.W6 B47 1996

Brakeman, Lynne, ed.  Chronology of Women Worldwide: People, Places & Events that Shaped 
     Women's History.  Detroit: Gale, 1997.  HQ1121.C617 1997 

Chang, Kang-I Sun, eds.  Women Writers of Traditional China: An Anthology of Poetry and 
     Criticism.  Stanford: Stanford U, 1999.  PL2278.W65 1999 

Christensen, Karen, eds.  International Encyclopedia of Women and Sports.  3v.  New York: 
     Macmillan, 2001.  GV709.I58 2000 

Clinton, Catherine.  The Columbia Guide to American Women in the Nineteenth Century. New 
     York: Columbia, 2000.  HQ1418.C58 2000 

Coppens, Linda Miles.  What American Women Did, 1789-1920 : A Year-By-Year Reference. 
     Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2001.  HQ1154.C665 2001 

Cox, Elizabeth.  Women in Modern American Politics: A Bibliography, 1900-1995.  
     Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 1997.  HQ1236.5.U5 C69 1997 

Cullen-DuPont, Kathryn.  Encyclopedia of Women's History in America.  New York: Facts On 
     File, 2000.  HQ1410.C85 2000 

Farris, Phoebe, ed.  Women Artists of Color: A Bio-critical Sourcebook to 20th century Artists in 
     the Americas.  Westport, CN: Greenwood, 1999.  N8354.W656 1999 

Fast, Timothy. The Women's Atlas of the United States.  New York, NY: Facts on File, 1995.  
     G1201.E1 G5 1995

Hardy, Gayle J.  American Women Civil Rights Activists: Biobibliographies of 68 Leaders, 
     1825-1992.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1993.  JC599.U5 H273 1993 

Hardy, Lyda Mary.  Women in U.S. History: A Resource Guide. Englewood, CO: Libraries 
     Unlimited, 2000.  HQ1410.H372 2000 

Harris, Sharon.  American Women Prose Writers, 1870-1920.  Detroit: Gale, 2000.  PS21 .D5

Harvey, Sheridan, ed.  American Women: a Library of Congress Guide for the Study of 
     Women's History and Culture in the United States.  Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 
     2001.  HQ1410.A44 2001 

Hauser, Barbara R. and Julie A. Tigges, eds.  Women's Legal Guide. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 
     1996.  KF478.W674 1996 

Henderson, Helene, ed.  Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Sourcebook. Detroit: 
      Omnigraphics, 2000.  HV6626.2.D66 2000

Hine, Darlene Clark, ed.  Facts on File Encyclopedia of Black Women in America.  New York: 
     Facts on File, 1997.  E185.96.F2 1997 v.1

Howard, Angela M., and Frances M. Kavenik, eds.  Handbook of American Women's History. 
    Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2000.  HQ1410 .H36 2000 

Hudock, Amy E., and Katharine Rodier.  American Women Prose Writers: 1820-1870. Detroit: 
     Gale, 2001. PS21 .D5 v.239 2001

Kinnear, Karen L.  Women in the Third World: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: 
     ABC-CLIO, 1997.  HQ1870.9 .K58 1997 

Kramarae, Cheris, and Dale Spender, eds.  Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: 
     Global Women's Issues and Knowledge. 4v.  New York: Routledge, 2000.  HQ1115 .R69 
     2000 v.1

Kreisel, Martha.  American Women Photographers: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography.   
     Westport, CN: Greenwood, 1999.  TR39.K74 1999

Lawler, Jennifer.  Encyclopedia of Women in the Middle Ages.   Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 
     2001. HQ1143 .L38 2001 

Mankiller, Wilma Pearl, eds.  The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History. Boston: 
     Houghton, 1998.  HQ1410 .R43 1998 

Martin, Mart. The Almanac of Women and Minorities in American Politics. Boulder, CO: 
     Westview, 1999.  HQ1236.5.U6 M3778 1999 

McFadden, Margaret, ed.  Women's Issues.  Pasadena, CA: Salem, 1997.  HQ1115.W6425 1997 

McGrayne, Sharon Bertsch.  Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and 
     Momentous Discoveries.  Washington, DC: Joseph, 1998.  Q141.M358 1998

Mulford, Carla, ed.  American Women Prose Writers to 1820.  Detroit: Gale, 1999.  PS21.D5 

Robinson, Lillian S., ed.  Modern Women Writers.  4v.  New York: Continuum, 1996.  PN471
      .M62 1996 v.1

Paul, Elizabeth L., ed.  Taking Sides.  Clasing Views on Controversial Issues in Sex and Gender.  
     2 ed.  Guilford, CN: McGraw, 2002.  H61.T3579 2002

Scultz, Jeffrey, ed.  Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics.  Phoenix, AZ: Oryx, 1999.     
     HQ1236.5.U6 E53 1999 

Shelton, Pamela.  Contemporary Women Poets.  Detroit: St. James, 1998. PS151 .C67 1997

Sherrow, Victoria.  Encyclopedia of Women and Sports. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1996.  
      GV709.S44 1996

Slatkin, Wendy.  Women Artists in History: From Antiquity to the Present. Upper Saddle River, 
     NJ: Prentice, 2001.  N43 .S57 2001 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Trends in the Well-being of America's 
     Children and Youth.  Washington, DC: The Office, 1999.  HQ792.U5 T73 1999

Warren, Wini.  Black women Scientists in the United States.  Bloomington:  Indiana, 1999.  
     Q141.W367 1999

Weatherford, Doris.  Milestones: A Chronology of American Women's History. New York: 
     Facts on File, 1997.  HQ1410.W434 1997 

Weatherford, Doris.  Women's Almanac.  Phoenix, AZ: Oryx, 2000.  HQ1101.W7562 2000

Wilson, Katharine M. Paul Schluter, and June Schluter, eds.  Women Writers of Great Britain 
     and Europe: An Encyclopedia.  New York: Garland, 1997.  PN471.W565 1997 


Circulating Materials

Begun, Abbey M.  Women’s Changing Role.  Detroit:  Gale, 2000.  H61.I64x W65 2000

Crow, Barbara, ed.  Radical Feminism: A Documentary Reader.  New York: New York U, 2000.  
     HQ1426.R325 2000 

Lim, Shirley, and Maria Herrera-Sobek, eds.  Power, Race, and Gender in Academe: Strangers in 
     the Tower?  New York: Modern, 2000.  LC3727.P69 2000

Northrup, Christiane.  Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom : Creating Physical and Emotional 
     Health and Healing.   New York: Bantam, 1998.  RG121.N59 1998 JOHN ADAMS

Offen, Karen M.  European Feminisms, 1700-1950: A Political History. Stanford: Stanford U, 
     2000.  HQ1586.O33 2000 

Prose, Francine.  The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women & the Artists They Inspired.  New York: 
     Harper, 2002.  NX160.P675 2002

Ramusack, Barbara N.  Women in Asia:  Restoring Women to History.  Bloomington, IN: 
     Indiana, 1999.  HQ1726.R36 1999

Rowbotham, Sheila.  A Century of Women: The History of Women in Britain and the United 
     States.  London: Viking, 1997.  HQ1593.R68 1997 


Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases

Periodical databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences between scholarly journal v. popular magazine articles?

Note: Most periodical databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the Library either in person or online. More information about obtaining a library bar code.

The Rosenberg Library Periodical Department subscribes to the following women and feminist journals:
Feminist Studies
Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies
Journal of Marriage & Family
Journal of Women’s History
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Women & Language
Women’s Studies
Women’s Sports and Fitness

Infotrac Web
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. Most useful for hospitality topics are the InfoTrac Business File ASAP, Academic ASAP, and the OneFile. These databases let you limit your results to articles only from scholarly journals by checking the box "Refereed titles."

Using the InfoTrac database, search journals that contain keywords such as women, feminism, and gender will give listings of periodicals and newsletters. The following is a partial list of titles that are indexed and the starred ones are full text.

· Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy*
· European Journal of Women’s Studies
· Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources*
· Feminism & Nonviolence Studies*
· Feminism & Psychology
· Gender & Society
· Gender, Place and Culture—A Journal of Feminist Geography
· Harvard Women’s Health Watch*
· Iris: A Journal about Women*
· Journal of Gender Studies
· Journal of Women’s History*
· Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers*
· Studies in Gender and Sexuality


Finding Web Resources

Below are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites for Women's Studies. If yu use a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate the quality of the results.

African American Women: Online Archival Exhibits
Collection of letters and memoirs of 19th century slave women, from Duke University.

American Women
A gateway to Library of Congress resources for the study of women's history and culture in the United States.

American Women’s History: A Research Guide
This Web site provides special features on Asian American women and immigrant women bibliographies.

Chicana & Latina Feminism
A biography of essential texts by women including Gloria Anzaldua, Cherrie Moraga, and Mirta Vidal and a thesis on modern feminism.

Core Lists in Women’s Studies-U.S. Women’s History
Maintained by the Women's Studies Section of the Association for College and Research Libraries, this document lists up to 50 in-print sources considered essential for this discipline.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present: Art

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
This Web site covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.

The Web site provides an essay discussing feminism.

Feminism and Women’s Literature-Literary Resources
The Web site is devoted to sites specifically on women's literature, feminist criticism and gender studies.

Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources
Contains news of the latest print and audiovisual resources for research and teaching in women's studies.

Feminist Studies-Journal

National Museum of Women in the Arts
“The only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of [national and international] female artists."

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Publishes feature articles on various topics relating to women and culture. Also includes book reviews, review articles, etc.

Women and Gender Studies (UC Berkeley Media Center)
The Web site offers videographies of holdings by subject, with annotations. UCB also has a similar Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender site, which lists bibliographies and additional vendors

Women Studies Resources for Film and Video
This site, maintained by ACRL Women's Studies Section, offers resources to aid in the purchase and evaluation of films and videos

Women's Review of Books
Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College publishes lengthy reviews of a dozen or more books.

Women and Social Movements in the U.S. 1775-2000
Rich collection of primary resource material, organized around projects created by students at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY. 

Women's Studies Quarterly
The quarterly is peer-reviewed, theme-base journal on teaching in women’s studies.

4000 Year of Women in Science 
Biographies of more than 100 women in science through time.  Includes some pictures as well.

Women’s Gift of Speech
The Web site contains speeches made by influential contemporary women writers.

Women's History Resources
A large collection of annotated links to sites about women's history, American women's history, and non-American women's history.

The Women’s Studies Database
The Web site offers information on various topics on women’s issues, with an emphasis for academic women’s studies programs. It is created by Joan Korenman at the University of Maryland

WSSLinks – Women’s Studies Section Links: The World-Wide Web Virtual Library
WSS Links is a project of the Women’s Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.


Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Webpages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask
A UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops

Critically Analyzing Information Sources
Developed by Olin-Kroch-Uris Libraries at Cornell University.

Evaluating and Citing Source
A quick and easy check list to use when determining the quality of web documents. Prepared by Librarians at CCSF.


Need More Assistance?

For additional help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone at (415) 452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at the Rosenberg Library.

Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in a CCSF library.

Library and Web Research Workshops
Fifty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective methods in searching for books, articles and information on the Internet.

Evaluating and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs available!

A+ Research and Writing
Hosted by the Internet Public Library.

Writing Process @ CSU
Colorado State University developed these guides which "focus on a range of composing processes as well as issues related to the situations in which writers find themselves."

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