Gender Studies Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on gender studies

Highly recommended:

GenderWatch - historical and contemporary perspectives on gender roles, sexuality, feminism, masculinity, etc.

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) - multidisciplinary database

Academic OneFile - multidisciplinary database

Project Muse - arts, humanities, and social sciences


PsycINFO for gender studies topics related to psychology

Sociological Abstracts latest research in sociology and related disciplines

MLA Bibliography gender and sexuality in literature

Google Scholar indexes a large proportion of the scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas

Others to consider:

WestLaw - legal information

CINAHL nursing, allied health and medicine

JSTOR selected research journals in social sciences and humanities

Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

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Recently received titles on gender studies

Books at other libraries

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Selected reference sources

Encyclopedias about LGBT people and issues

Encyclopedias about women and women's issues

Encyclopedias about gender and sex

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Primary sources

For definitions and examples of primary and secondary sources, see

To search for books in the CSUMB Library that include primary sources:

Women's history

Digital Public Library of America (Women):[]=Women

Digital Witchcraft Collection:

Discovering American Women's History Online:

Epistolae: Medieval Women's Letters:

Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project:

Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World:

Library of Congress American Memory, Women’s History:

National Archives sources on women:

Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive and Transcription Project:

Women Working, 1800-1930:

Women in World History:

Women's movements, organizations, and activists

Emma Goldman Papers (Emma Goldman (1869-1940) was an activist for birth control, women’s equality, free speech, and other issues.):

The Feminist Chronicles, 1953-1993 (see part III for founding and early documents of the National Organization for Women):

Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America:

Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 (Pacifica Radio/UC Berkeley Social Activism Sound Recording Project):

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party:

Women’s Liberation Movement Print Culture:

LGBT history and activism

ACT-UP Oral History Project:

Digital Transgender Archive:

GLBT Historical Society Archive:

Lesbian Herstory Archives:

Monterey County LGBTQ History:

ONE Archives at USC Library:


Feminism & Women's Rights

Feminist Majority Foundation

Global Fund for Women

United Nations WomenWatch

Women's eNews

Masculinities & Men's Issues

American Men's Studies Association

National Organization for Men Against Sexism

Sexual and reproductive health and rights

Go Ask Alice! Health information and resources from Columbia University health services

SexInfo from UC Santa Barbara

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

World Health Organization Sexual and Reproductive Health Program

Women's Health from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health

Men's Health from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health

Men's Health Network


CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network

Human Rights Campaign

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Queer Comics Database

Transgender individuals and gender identity from the American Psychological Association

See also

Evaluating websites and Internet resources


Statistics on women and gender

GenderStats from the World Bank

The Global Gender Gap statistics by country from the World Economic Forum

U. S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau: Statistics and Data

Gender Statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division

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