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Women's & Gender Studies: Background Info

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects

Laws & Policies

If you are trying to track down a specific policy, law, or the background ( legislative history) of a law, there are several good options depending what you are trying to find.  These resources additionally provide opposing arguments to current issues and policies:

Background Info

Sometimes it is useful to get an overview of a topic before beginning your research in order to find a starting point.  These resources will help you look into the background of your topic.

Gale Virtual Reference Library is an online collection of dozens of encyclopedias, handbooks, and guides.  Type in your search term, or the title of a publication.  Here are a few potential W&GS sources available through Gale Virtual Reference, accumulated as a sampling of sources from  "History" "Literature" and  "Social Sciences:"

Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America, 2004

  Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America, 3v,  2004

  American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present, 2nd ed.,  4v,   2000 

  FeminiFeminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion, 2005sm in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion, 6v,  2005

  Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World's Cultures, 2003

  Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English, 1999


Other reference materials can be found through the encyclopedias located in the Reference Database List.

Further background information can be found in individual articles through searching for terms such as "women AND gender," or feminism.  Due to the interdisciplinary nature of W&GS, these articles may be found within reference materials for religion, history, philosophy, sociology, health, and many more.



Subject Guide

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