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Gender & Women's Studies: Books

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

Finding Books in Gender & Women's Studies

To find books, start by searching TOPCAT.  It's our library catalogue, and it finds all the books in our library, whether they're on on shelves or e-books available through links.

  • See our tutorials on using TOPCAT and Finding E-Books (linked below).

To search beyond our library, try RACER, the interlibrary loan system.

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Tutorials and Help Pages

Search TOPCAT for Books

TOPCAT Basic Search or Browse

TOPCAT Power Search


When you want to find books in the Trent Library, search TOPCAT (the Library Catalogue). There's an online tutorial available to tell you about TOPCAT.

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 a "Power Search" and truncate your terms.

Terminology Notes:

TOPCAT 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:

African American Feminists
Feminism and motion pictures
Feminist anthropology
Feminist ethics
Feminist theory
Indian women--Ecuador
Man woman relationships
Women artists
Women authors
Women in politics--Developing countries
Women--United States--Biography
Young women--India

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.

E-Book Collections

The majority of our e-books are included in TOPCAT and can be found with any search. The record includes a link to the e-book.

  • 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. There is overlap between these collections, and you may find the same books in more than one place.  However, you may also find something not listed elsewhere.