Books | Articles | Dictionaries and Encylopedias | Web Sites | Government Publications

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  • Search MORRIS, McMaster's library catalogue by Subject, e.g. women's studies, feminist theory, women, etc.
  • Didn't find anything? Try Title Keyword(s), Subject Keyword(s), and/or Keyword(s) Anywhere.
  • Helpful Library of Congress call numbers: HQ 1101 - HQ 2030 -- Women & Feminism

Keyword Searching Tips:

  • use an asterisk * to retrieve variations of words
      e.g.   type   feminis*   to get feminism, feminist, feminists, etc.
  • use and, or, and not to combine words
      e.g.   women and canada
  • use brackets to group synonyms or alternate words
      e.g.   women and (employment or jobs)


  • Use article indexes to locate articles on your topic.
  • Articles may be most useful when recent information is required, or when the topic is too specific to be covered in a book.
  • Article indexes can be online or in paper format.
  • Want to check if an article is in a scholarly/academic journal? Look up the journal title in Ulrich's, an online international periodicals directory; the detailed description in Ulrich's will tell you if a publication is academic, peer-reviewed/refereed, etc.
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P = Print Index      E = Electronic Index      FT = Full Text Index

Contemporary Women's Issues. 1992 - present   E   FT
A database of over 60,000 full text contributions on a broad range of women's issues, extracted from over 2,245 sources world wide, including more than 200 periodicals. Content from mainstream periodicals, "gray" literature, and the alternative press.

Social Sciences Index. 1974 - present      E
Citations to 752,000+ articles from 570+ English-language periodicals in the social sciences.

Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts.
1995 - present:   E 
1983 - present: Mills Reference, 2nd floor ZHQ 1101 .S88   P
Over 8,000 citations, with abstracts, published from 1995 to the present; includes journal articles, books and conference proceedings.

Women Studies Abstracts. 1972 - present
Mills Reference, 2nd floor ZHQ 1101 .W76    P
Citations and abstracts to articles in about 35 women's studies journals; includes references to book reviews; published quarterly.

Women's Studies Index. 1989 - present
Mills Reference, 2nd floor ZHQ 1101 .W65    P
Indexes articles and book reviews from 70 scholarly feminist journals and popular women's magazines, mostly American in origin; published annually.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  • useful for obtaining quick facts, defining the terms and scope of your search
  • all titles listed below are located in Mills Reference, 2nd floor of Mills Library

Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories. 2000.
A source for those already involved in feminist studies, and those interested in learning about this area of inquiry. Includes mini-biographies of feminist theorists, index and selected bibliography.
HQ 1190 .E63 2000

Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender. 2001.
Comprehensive coverage of current research and scholarship on the psychology of women and gender; explores "how social and cultural influences have structured and shaped the gender-related roles, behaviors, well-being, life events, and opportunities afforded to diverse groups of women and men".
HQ 1115 .E43 2001

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women's Issues Worldwide. 6 v. 2003.
Covers women's issues in Central and South America, Asia and Oceania, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.
HQ 1400 - HQ 1788

International Encyclopedia of Women. 4 v. 2000.
Articles cover certain topic areas region by region and includes numerous case studies that focus on a specific aspect of a larger topic. Includes selected bibliography and index.
HQ 1115 .R69 2000

Reader's Guide to Women's Studies. 1998.
Guides the reader through the mass of published work on women and gender, including each branch of the humanities, the sciences, the social sciences, and the fine arts. Includes a thematic list, booklist index, general index and cross references.
ZHQ 1180 .R42 1998

Statistical Record of Women Worldwide. 1995.
Brings together actual statistical data on the lives and status of women throughout the world from a wide variety of sources - government and nongovernment, U.S. and international, published and unpublished - in a single compilation. Source notes are provided.
HQ 1150 .S73 1995

Women's Studies Encyclopedia. 1999.
Contains information about women from all fields and disciplines of study, written in nonspecialist language. Articles anre signed and bibliographies included.
HQ 1115 .W645 1999

Web Sites

  • Evaluate web resources critically; website publishing is easy to do and published content is often unmonitored and unregulated.
  • For more good websites, go to e-Resources and look under Social Sciences, Women; then click on Web Sites.

    WSSLINKS: Women and Gender Studies Web Sites
    Women's Studies Section, Association of College and Research Libraries
    Provides access to a wide range of resources in support of Women's Studies.

    Women's Studies / Women's Issues Resource Sites
    A selective, annotated, highly acclaimed listing of web sites containing resources and information about women's studies / women's issues, with an emphasis on sites of particular use to an academic women's studies program.

    Women's History / International Institute of Social History
    Links to resources provided by the institute, including ViVa, a database describing more than 8000 articles about women's history published from 1975 to the present.

    WWW Virtual Library: Women's History
    Lists women's history institutions and organizations, locates archival and library collections, and provides links to Internet resources on women's history. Includes a list of women's studies journals and a few comprehensive link collections useful as a starting point for searching the Internet for women's studies in general.

    Women Writers Project
    The Brown University Women Writers Project is a long-term research project devoted to early mode women's writing and electronic text encoding. Their goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader. They support research on women's writing, text encoding, and the role of electronic texts in teaching and scholarship.

Government Publications

    Who publishes them?
  • Canadian national, provincial, regional and local governments
  • foreign governments (U.S., U.K.)
  • international bodies such as the United Nations

    How do I find them?

  • published after 1995: search MORRIS by Subject or Subject Keyword(s) and limit to Government Publications
  • published before 1995: search MORRIS by Title Keyword(s) or Keyword(s) Anywhere and limit to Government Publications
  • Mills Government Publications are located on the 2nd floor of Mills Library
Search By:
Search for:
MORRIS finds:
Title Keyword(s)
and health

Women's empowerment and reproductive health : links throughout the life cycle. / United Nations Population Fund, 2000.
MILLS Gov Pubs UN2 A24 - 2000W52

Keyword(s) Anywhere
women* and work

Living beyond the edge : the impact of trends in non-standard work on single / lone-parent mothers / Status of Women Canada, 2003.
MILLS Gov Pubs CA1.. SWC.35- 2003L31

The Mills Government Publications area also houses many source materials that detail information in the subject area of women's studies. Examples:

  • Canadian Social Trends. 1986 - present. CAI BS11 - C008
  • Royal Commission on the Status of Women. 1967. CA1 Z1 - 67...
  • Women and Health: Mainstreaming the Gender Perspective into the Health Sector. 1999. UN2 C5 - 99W53
  • Aboriginal Women in Canada: Strategic Research Directions for Policy Development. 1998. CA1 SWC - 98A18



Last Reviewed:July 26, 2004