COLWRIT R4B: Power in Private and Public Life

Gender and Women's studies

  • Contemporary Women's Issues
    Indexes a wide range of journals, hard-to-find newsletters, reports, pamphlets, fact sheets, and guides covering a broad array of gender-related issues such as violence, economic development, health, the military, education, human rights, and law. Covers sources published by organizations around the world.
  • GenderWatch
    Includes magazines, academic journals, newspapers, newsletters, books, pamphlets, conference proceedings, and government reports
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 (WASM)
    Collects and analyzes documents and images on the history of women and social movements in the United States between 1600 and 2000.
  • Gerritsen Collection, Women's History Online, 1543-1945
    Indexes books, pamphlets, and periodicals from Europe, US, UK, Canada and New Zealand that reflect the revolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women's rights.
  • Women's Studies International
    Indexes books, journals, magazines, and other resources related to research and commentary on women and women's issues, feminism, and gender.
  • Social Theory
    Features 48,300 pages of content by such major theorists as Jean Baudrillard, Ulrich Beck, Howard Becker, Nancy Chodorow, Emile Durkheim, Norbert Elias, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Erving Goffman, Karl Marx, Robert Merton, and Talcott Parsons, Mary Wollstonecraft and others.
  • LGBT Life
    Indexes Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender periodicals books and reference works.
  • Women's Studies Database Film Reviews
    Feminist reviews of both mainstream and independent feature films. Most reviews are transcriptions from Linda Lopez McAlister's radio show "The Women's Show" (WMNF-FM (88.5), Tampa, Florida)

Interdisciplinary databases

  • Academic Search Complete
    articles in more than 10,900 journals - scholarly and general articles
  • Project MUSE
    articles from 250 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.
  • ArticleFirst
    articles from 11,000 popular magazines and scholarly journals
  • JSTOR
    Includes over 1000 scholarly journals - scholarly -- not current

Sociology Databases

Finding Other Databases

Search an article database to find citations (title, author, title of journal, date, page numbers) for articles on a particular topic.  The Library gives you access to over 200 article databases covering different disciplines.

1.  Think about which academic disciplines might write about your topic.  Examples:  literature, film, anthropology, history...

2.  Find the appropriate article database by subject (academic discipline or department).  Look for "Recommended" databases.

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject

3.  You may need databases that cover diffferent types of materials - historical or ethnic newspapers, congressional information, primary sources, etc:

Library home > Electronic Resources > Electronic Resources, Types A-Z >

What is Peer Review?

Your instructor may want you to use "peer reviewed" articles as sources for your paper. Or you may be asked to find picture of thinking student"academic," "scholarly," or "refereed" articles. What do these terms mean?

Let's start with the terms academic and scholarly, which are synonyms. An academic or scholarly journal is one intended for a specialized or expert audience. Journals like this exist in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Examples include Nature, Journal of Sociology, and Journal of American Studies. Scholarly/academic journals exist to help scholars communicate their latest research and ideas to each other; they are written "by experts for experts."

Most scholarly/academic journals are peer reviewed; another synonym for peer reviewed is refereed. Before an article is published in a peer-reviewed journal, it's evaluated for quality and significance by several specialists in the same field, who are "peers" of the author. The article may go through several revisions before it finally reaches publication.

Magazines like Time or Scientific American, newspapers, (most) books, government documents, and websites are not peer-reviewed, though they may be thoroughly edited and fact-checked. Articles in scholarly journals (in printed format or online) usually ARE peer-reviewed.

How can you tell if an article is both scholarly and peer-reviewed?

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Last Update: November 19, 2013 15:18