Gender & Women's Studies

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

Most Frequently Read Articles from Gender & Society

Gender & Society is a peer-reviewed journal, focused on the study of gender. It is a top-ranked journal in both sociology and women's studies.  The journal primarily publishes empirical articles, which are both theoretically engaged and methodologically rigorous, including qualitative, quantitative, and comparative-historical methodologies. Gender & Society also publishes reviews of books from a diverse array of social science disciplines.

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Tutorials and Help Pages

You don't use the Library Catalogue to find articles.  These pages will help you understand the process and select your resources wisely.

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is a system that allows you to request material from other libraries to be sent to Trent for you to borrow. Normally, there are no costs to use the ILL service. Plan ahead because it can take a few days or even weeks for material to be sent, depending upon availability.

Visit the RACER (ILL) page for more information.

Key Scholarly Databases

The Trent Library provides access to a wide variety of databases besides Omni.  Often there are databases specifically designed for a subject or a type of resource. These databases provide options for more controlled and focused searching. They may also provide links to the full article, but if not, there's a Get It! Trent button to locate the full text.  See the "Finding Articles" tutorial for details.

This list  includes the most useful databases to search for Gender & Women's Studies.  Which one works for you depends entirely on your topic and what you hope to find.

Other Useful Databases


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Troubleshooting Searches

Too few articles:

  • Check for typos and spelling. Consider using both American and British spellings (eg. behaviour or behavior).
  • Remove long phrases.
  • Make sure you're using a database that is likely to include information on your topic.
  • Try using other synonyms and alternate words joined by the Boolean Operator 'OR' (e.g. aboriginal or indigenous or First Nations).
  • Check your Boolean logic.  Are you using 'AND' when you should be using 'OR'?
  • If you have found at least one good article, look at the references of this article to find other related articles OR use the 'Find citing' or 'Find related' buttons when available in the databases.

Too many articles:

  • Add another concept to your searching using the Boolean operator 'AND'.
  • Add Limits (e.g. Peer Reviewed, Date of Publication, Language, Publication Type, etc.).
  • Check your Boolean logic. Are you using 'OR' when you should be using 'AND'?
  • When Keyword searching, try searching just in the Title field. This is not recommended for all searches, as you will eliminate relevant articles that don't have those keywords in the title, but it will likely find a few articles to get you started.
  • If you're searching in a database that covers all subjects (e.g. Academic Search Elite, Web of Knowledge), look for a database that is subject specific.