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Gender and Women’s Studies 350/498


A Guide to Library Resources for Gender and Women’s Studies 350 and 498


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Welcome! This site has been created to assist you in finding and using library resources for the topics you are researching in your senior seminar.  Our library, one of the largest university libraries in the U.S., can be a bit overwhelming at first, but it is truly a treasure trove for scholars. All of the Library’s resources are available as you do your research, so explore, have fun, and don’t hesitate to ask questions!


  • Women’s Studies International (1972 to date)
    Provides citations to journals, books, book chapters, proceedings, NGO reports, and gray literature. Over 2,000 periodical sources are represented.
  • GenderWatch (1974 to date)
    This full text database indexes journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, pamphlets, and reports. Covers business, education, literature and the arts, health sciences, history, public policy, and contemporary culture.  Has more of a U.S. focus than worldwide.
  • LGBT Life
    Includes the full text for 55 of the most important and historically significant LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers, as well as more than 100 full-text monographs and books. The database includes comprehensive indexing and abstract coverage as well as a specialized LGBT Thesaurus containing over 6,400 terms.
  • SocINDEX (1985 to date)
    Identifies articles in all areas of sociology including anthropology, criminology, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, politics, religion, rural sociology, social psychology, and urban studies.
    Identifies articles in many disciplines including African American studies, anthropology, area studies, education, history, literature, political science, sociology, and many of the science fields.
  • PsycINFO  (1806 to date)
    Covers the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, and other areas.
  • Communication Source (1978 to date)
    Identifies publications in communications including international literature in film studies, the role of technology in human communications, crisis communication and public opinions.
  • Education Full Text 
    Provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks. From 1983 to date.
  • Health Source Consumer Edition
    Provides consumer oriented information on many health topics and features searchable full text for over 190 journals.
  • PAIS International  (1915 to date)
    Identifies articles, books, websites, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports, and government documents on political, social, public policy issues.
  • Nexis Uni
    With over 15,000 resources, users can access journals, television and radio broadcasts, blogposts, federal and state case files, U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1970, and business information on more than 80 million U.S. and international companies
  • Digital Collections for Women and Gender
    Maintained by the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, this site lists digital collections owned by the University Library and those that are free.
  • Cultural Studies Guide
    A research guide to help you locate information sources related to cultural studies.


  • Online Library Catalog – Look here to find books, magazines or journals containing articles that you need, DVDs, and many other resources.  In addition to the 13 million volumes we have on this campus, you can connect to over 70 other libraries in Illinois and request books be sent to you.When you find something you want in the catalog, write down the following:

    Location – in which library the item is kept (or libraries, if we have multiple copies)
    Call Number – this number is essential for finding the item on the shelf
    Status – is it available for you to check out?

    Interlibrary Loan – Go here to request books and articles you cannot find elsewhere.



Guidelines for citing electronic and print resources are available from the Undergraduate Library’s Citation Styles guide and the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library’s  Style and Writing Guides.

Need help collecting and organizing your citations and producing a list of works cited? Citation management tools can help! The guide “ Citation Managers” helps users choose a citation management tool and provides links to other guides on specific options like Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.


Cindy Ingold, Gender and Multicultural Services Librarian
Office: Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library, 100F Main Library
Phone: 217-333-7998
Email:  cingold@illinois.edu