Gender & Women's Studies

Help finding resources for your Gender & Women's Studies research.

Very Short Introductions

American Women's History

What does U.S. history look like with women at the center of the story? From Pocahantas to military women serving in the Iraq war, this book chronicles the contributions, recognized and unrecognized, that women have made to the American experience.

Reference Books

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Finding Books in Gender & Women's Studies

The following pages help you learn to to navigate the Library.

Library Catalogue

To find books in the Trent Library, search the Library Catalogue. There's an online tutorial available to tell you about the Library Catalogue.

Use a keyword search to find items on a topic. For instance, to find books on "the rights of women in the middle ages" you might search for "wom$n and middle ages". To improve your results, use an "Advanced Search" and truncate your terms.


The Library Catalogue uses LCSH (subject headings) in most records, to help us identify items of interest.

Women is used extensively throughout LC subject headings and it makes an effective keyword.  It is generally (but not always) plural.  Feminism and feminist are also common in subject headings.

Sample subject headings:

Women--United States--Biography
Women artists
African American Feminists
Indian women--Ecuador
Young women--India
Women authors
Feminist anthropology
Feminist ethics
Teenage Girls
Feminine Beauty
Man woman relationships


Since these subjects are often general, use a keyword search with one of these terms and a more specific topic term as a starting point.  If you find something good, look at the subjects given to it.

Call Numbers

Books on Gender & Women's Studies can be found in sections related to History, Politics, Sociology, Indigneous Studies, etc. In general, the LC Classification system classifies "women" in "Social Sciences".

HQ: The family.  Marriage.  Women.

You can browse the HQ section of the Library, but keep in mind that you won't find e-books that way.  Searching the Library Catalogue, effectively will find books in other sections, as well as e-books.


Having trouble finding books on a specific topic?  Here are some hints.

  • Use more general search terms.  Ask yourself, "What kind of book would cover this?"  Books are assigned very broad subject headings, and you often need to look through the Table of Contents to see if they cover your specific topic.
  • Search Google Scholar for good books, then check the Library Catalogue to see if we have them. Google Scholar is a very powerful search engine.  Once you identify a good book, look for it by title in the Library Catalogue.
  • When you find one good book, look for a bibliography in it that will help you find other books.
  • See if there's a good encyclopedia or reference book that gets you started.
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E-Book Collections

The majority of our e-books are included in the Library Catalogue and can be found with any search.

  • To limit a search to e-books, use the Power Search option and change the location to "E-Book".

The following resources contain collections of e-books. Most offer the option to create an account for yourself and save books, as well as adding notations and highlighting. These sites often allow searching within the book, which finds more books than our catalogue can.