Rutgers University Libraries Research in Women's Studies

The Basics

Rutgers-restricted Access

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Off-Campus Access

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IRIS: Find Books

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Getting Books From Other Rutgers Libraries

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Finding Articles plus

Social Sciences Full Text
The basic index for finding articles in the social sciences. Indexes over 550 of the core, English language journals in social science disciplines including sociology and social work, public administration, political science, public welfare, urban studies, and women's studies. Indexes many journals back to 1982 and, beginning with 1995, includes many full-text articles.
Off-Campus Link Rutgers-restricted Access.

Need More?

While Social Sciences Full Text will usually give you what you need for a basic research paper, if you're working on a more extensive project, or a more specialized topic, you will probably need to use an index that focuses on a specific discipline. You'll find links to some of these in the Finding Articles section below.

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Citing Your Sources

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You can also import references from IRIS and many of the electronic databases into RefWorks, a web-based bibliography and database manager. RefWorks will build your bibliography for you based on whatever style sheet you specify (MLA, Chicago, etc.). For information on setting up your (free) RefWorks account see the RefWorks FAQ.

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Getting Started: Basic Resources

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Encyclopedia of Feminism
Lisa Tuttle. New York, Facts on File, 1986.
Brief entries on terms, organizations, and people.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HQ1115 .T87 1986

Scholarly encyclopedias can give you an overview of a topic as well as some basic bibliography

Women's Studies Encyclopedia
Helen Tierney, editor. Revised edition. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1999. 3 volumes.
A good starting point for research! Signed essays on topics relating to women, most with historical overviews, recent research findings, and selected references.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HQ1115 .W645 1989 Sample Article
Black Women in America
Darlene Clark Hine, editer in chief. 2nd edition. New York, Oxford University Press.2005. 3 vols.
Over 500 topical and biographical entries with bibliographies relating to African-American women from 1619 to 2004.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E185.86 .B542 2005
Encyclopedia of Women and Gender : Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender
San Diego, Calif.:Academic, c2001. 2 vols.
About 100 articles, each contributed by an expert in the social or behavioral sciences, on "the many topics that encompass current research and scholarship on the psychology of women and gender." Articles on such topics as "Abortion and Its Health Effects," "Achievement," "Body Image Concerns," "Career Achievement," "Hate Crimes," "Imprisonment in the Unites States," "Military Women," "Political Behavior," "Sport and Athletics," and "Work-Family Balance." Each article contains a glossary, cross-references, and a "Suggested Reading" section.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HQ1115 .E539 2001 Sample Article
The Encyclopedia of Women's History in America
Kathryn Cullen-Dupont. New York, Facts on File, 1996.
Entries on terms, events, legislation, speeches, movements, organizations and individuals. Suggested readings after each entry and extensive bibliography. 34 primary source documents in Appendix. Sample Page
Dana Call Number: Ref. HQ1410 .C85 1996
Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion
Jessica Bomarito and Jeffrey W. Hunter, project editors. Detroit, Thomson Gale, 2005. 6 vols.
"This six-volume set explores the history of women and feminism throughout literature, from classical antiquity to modern times. Topics covered include misogyny and women's social roles in ancient civilizations, 16th-century women's devotional literature, 17th- and 18th-century women's captivity narratives, the women's suffrage movement in 19th-century America, women writers of the "Lost Generation," lesbian literature, and much more."
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
From Suffrage to the Senate: America's Political Women: An Encyclopedia of Leaders, Causes & Issues
Suzanne O-Dea. Millerton, New York, Grey House Pub., 2006. 2 vols.
Over 800 entries on women and American politics. While the majority of entries are biographical in nature, there are also entries on issues, organizations, and events, as well a large number of entries on significant court cases.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HQ1236.5 .U6S32 2006 Table of Contents
LGBT: Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America
New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004. 3 vols.
More than 500 scholarly entries on LGBT identities, communities, cultures, movements, and issues.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access


Bibliographies are great for finding out what has been written/is available on a specific topic.

Feminist Research Methods : An Annotated Bibliography
Connie Miller. New York : Greenwood Press, 1991.
Annotated bibliography arranged by social science discipline of "sources that address explicitly how feminists practicing research behave differently from other researchers" published between the 1920s and 1990.
Dana Call Number: Ref HQ1180.M55 1991
African American Women: An Annotated Bibliography
Veronica G. Thomas, Kisha Braithwaite, and Paula Mitchell. Westport, CT., Greenwood Press, 2001.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E185.86 .T49 2001
Antifeminism in American Thought: An Annotated Bibliography
Cynthia D. Kinnard. Boston, Mass., G.K. Hall, 1986.
Books, articles and pamphlets from colonial times to 1920. Excellent extensive annotations organized around eight topics: Women's Rights and Feminism. Woman Suffrage: Anti-Suffrage Periodicals. Domesticity, Femininity and Motherhood. Education of Girls and Women. Women's Intellect and Character. Women's Work, Professional Employment and Creativity. Religion. Women's Bodies.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HQ1426 .K56 1986
Bibliography of Sexuality Studies in Latin America
Adam Griego, Daniel Balderston, and Donna J. Guy.
Black American Feminisms: A Multidisciplinary Bibliogrpahy
Compiled by Sherri L. Barnes. A multidisciplinary subject bibliography of black American feminist writings.
Gays, Lesbian and Transgendered People in Motion Pictures: A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library
The History of Rape: A Bibliography
Stefan Blaschke
Violence Against Women: Bibliography & Resources
From the Rutgers Center for Women's Global Leadership(CWGL).
SexBiblio: Bibliography of the History of Western Sexuality
Database of about 25,000 titles of primary and secondary literature of the history of sexuality in Europe, the U.S. and Canada from 1700 to 2007/2008. Also includes important titles of the sexual history of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, including non-Western societies.
New Jersey Womens' History: Bibliography
Patricia A. Beaber. 2003. From the Women's Project of New Jersey.
United States Government Documents on Women, 1800-1990 : A Comprehensive Bibliography
Mary Ellen Huls. Westport, Conn.,Greenwood Press, 1993. 2 v.
Almost 7,000 entries, many with short annotations, of reports produced by U.S. agencies, commissions, and Congress "on women or on topics directly affecting women's health and welfare" published between 1800 and 1990. Topical arrangement: "Suffrage and Political Participation," "Education," "Violence Against Women," "Female Offenders," "Pay Equity," "The Women's Bureau," etc.
Dana Call Number: Ref HQ1410.H85 1993
Vietnam Women's Studies Bibliography
Research directory, as well as a list of books and articles relating to Vietnamese women. From the Library at the University of California, Berkeley.
Women in the U.S. Army: An Annotated Bibliography
U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Alexandria, VA., 2002.

Library Catalogs

IRIS The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries.

Newark Law
Camden Law
Rutgers Law library materials are not listed in IRIS. So if your project is in some way law-related, be sure and use the Law library catalogs.

Center for Research Libraries
CRL is consortium of North American university and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, foreign dissertations, archives, and other expensive or hard to find materials. As Rutgers is a CRL member, these materials are considered part of Rutgers' collections and can be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan. In addition to the materials listed in their catalog, CRL also supports and provides access to special collections such as ethnic and African-American newspapers, International Dissertations, and Global Newspapers

Finding Scholarly Articles: Indexes

This is a selected list of databases that you may find useful. There are many other indexes that may focus more specifically on the particular topic that you are researching. Check out the complete list of Rutgers online indexes and databases.

Social Sciences Full Text
The basic index for finding articles in the social sciences. Indexes over 550 of the core, English language journals in social science disciplines including sociology and social work, public administration, political science, public welfare, urban studies, and women's studies. Indexes many journals back to 1982 and, beginning with 1995, includes many full-text articles.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.

Gender Studies

Women's Studies International
1972- Women's Studies International is the most comprehensive index to women's studies resources. Incorporates citations from Women Studies Abstracts, Women's Studies Bibliography Database, and the Women's Studies Database, among others.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Contemporary Women's Issues
Full-text access to global information on women found in journals, research reports, newspapers, pamphlets, and fact sheets.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

gender Inn: Women's and Gender Studies Database
Index to over 8400 citations pertaining to feminist theory, feminist literary criticism and gender studies focusing on English and American literature.

Asian Studies

Asia Studies Full-Text
Index to a database of full-text reports covering 53 countries including all of Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the Americas Pacific Rim, and the Pacific Islands. Reports cover a wide range of topics including business, economics, the environment, politics, education, and women's studies.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

Bibliography of Asian Studies. Ann Arbor, Michigan, Association for Asian Studies, 1968-
Index to Western-language books, articles, book chapters, and conference papers on all parts of Asia arranged by geographical area and subject.
Dana Call Number: Ref. Z3001 .B498 Dana Holdings: 1970-1988
1956-1968 published as the September issue of the Journal of Asian Studies; available online via JSTOR.


America: History and Life
1964- . The most comprehensive index to American (U.S. and Canada) history. Indexes over 2000 journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Historical Abstracts
1955- . The most comprehensive index to world history (excluding that of the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Indexes over 2,000 history and history-related journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
Index to journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages (450 A.D. to 1500 A.D.). Almost 500 journals indexed back to 1994, with retrospective indexing back to 1990 in progress.

ViVa: A Bibliography of Women's History in Historical and Women's Studies Journals
Index to over 11,000 articles on women's and gender history published from 1975 to the present in historical and women's studies journals.

Political Science and Public Policy

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
1975- Index to over 1,300 journals in political science, international relations, public policy and related fields.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

Public Affairs Information Service
1915- Index to books, reports, government documents, and journals dealing with political, social, and public policy issues.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

Women in Politics Bibliographic Database
Index with abstracts to books, articles and reports produced throughout the world on the subject of women in politics. From the Inter-Parliamentary Union.


Sociologial Abstracts
1963- Index to approximately 1800 scholarly and professional journals in sociology and related disciplines, as well as to books reviews, books, book chapters, dissertations and conference papers.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.

Family and Society Studies Worldwide
1970- Index to literature on the family and family-related subjects drawn from a wide range of social science disciplines. Indexes books, journals, conference papers, government reports, and working papers.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

Can't resist the urge to Google?

  • Google Scholar
  • Use the Google search engine to search specifically for scholarly literature including books, peer-reviewed articles, theses, preprints, and technical reports.


For links to many newspaper sites with online searchable archives, as well as to physical collections of newspapers see the Newspapers Research Guide.

Historical New York Times
Allows you to search and display the full image of articles published in the New York Times back to 1851. The two+ most recent years are not included.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Historical Washington Post
Search and display the full image of articles published in the Washington Post between 1877 and 1993.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Access World News
Access to the full text of over 600 U.S. and over 700 international newspapers.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

Law and Legislation

THOMAS - Legislative Information on the Internet
Browse or search legislation from the 93d (1973) Congress to the present. You can also search the full text of the Congressional Record from the 101st (1989) Congress to the present, browse or search the full text of House and Senate committee reports from the 104th (1995) Congress to the present.

Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text
1982 - Index, in many cases with full text (1994- ), to English-language legal journals, law reviews, yearbooks, institutes, symposia, court decisions, legislation, books, and government publications.
Note: In order to limit your search to the Index to Legal Periodicals you must select "Legal (ILP)" from the pull-down Subject Area list.
Off-Campus Link Rutgers-restricted Access

LexisNexis Academic
Includes law review articles, Shepard's citations of U.S. Supreme Court cases, federal and state cases and laws, Canadian, European Union, and Commonwealth and Foreign Nations case law.
Off-Campus Link Rutgers-restricted Access

New Jersey Legislature Home Page
Includes legislative bills with histories back to 1996; the New Jersey State Constitution; a searchable index to New Jersey Statutes; legislative reports; and transcripts of some public hearings

Violence Against Women - Federal Legislation and Regulations
From the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women.

Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003

Assessing the New Federalism
For the past decade this Urban Institute policy center tracked "how children and families are faring and how program structure, financing, and administration are changing as the federal government transfers authority for health and social welfare programs to states." Browse reports by issues, sectors, places, or affected populations. ANF has recently changed focus to become the new Low-Income Working Families project.

Documentary Collections

Search the database for archival finding aids to collections in over 2500 libraries worldwide.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
Archival Sites for Women's Studies
Geographical, briefly annotated directory of sites with guides to, or descriptions of, archival collections relating to Women's Studies.
Women's Rights in the United States : A Documentary History
Winston E. Langley and Vivian C. Fox, editors. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
Key primary documents including speeches and letters, congressional testimony, court decisions, government reports, position papers, statutes, and news stories. From the Colonial period through 1993.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HQ1236.5.U6W68 1994
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
Books, images, essays, and primary documents organized around "document projects" that pose a question relating to the role of women in U.S. social movements. Also allows you to go directly to documents relating to specific Social Movements.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.
Major Problems in American Women's History: Documents and Essays
Edited by Mary Beth Norton and Ruth M. Alexander. 2d edition. Lexington, Mass., D.C. Heath, 1996.
Dana Call Number: HQ1410 .M34 1996
Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women
Edited by Nancy F. Cott. 2d edition. Boston, Northeastern University Press, 1996.
Dana Call Number: HQ1410 .R65 1996
Women, the Family, and Freedom : the Debate in Documents
Edited by Susan Groag Bell & Karen M. Offen. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1983. 2 vols.
Contents: v. 1. 1750-1880 -- v. 2. 1880-1950.
Dana Call Number: HQ1588.W645 1983
History of Women, Guide to the Microfilm Collection
Woodbridge, CT : Research Publications, 1983.
Guide to 1248 reel collection owned by the Rutgers Alexander Library. The collection includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, manuscripts, and photographs produced up to 1920. Holdings primarily based on the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College and the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe, augmented by collections contributed by other institutions, including the Jane Addams Hull House Library.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HQ1121.R474 1983 An Online Guide is also available.
Guide to the Microfilm Edition of Herstory : Including Guides to Supplementary Sets I and II
Wilmington, Del. : Distributed by Scholarly Resources, [199-?]
Guide to the 90 reel collection owned by the Rutgers' Douglass Library. Newspapers, journals, and newsletters of "women's liberation and women's civic, religious, and professional and peace organizations from all over the world" through 1971. Based on the collection of the Women's History Library at Berkeley.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HQ1426.G85 1990z

For a more comprehensive list of microform collections held by the Rutgers Libraries in the area of women's studies see the Women's Studies Microforms Subject Guide.

Image Collections

Approximately 700,000 images with citations in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
Search or browse over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Covers five main subject areas, including "Beauty and Hygiene." A project of the Digital Scriptorium, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.

Finding Data

The World's Women, 2000: Trends and Statistics. 3rd edition. New York, United Nations, 2000.
Data documenting progress for women worldwide in six areas: health, human rights and political decision-making, work, education and communication, population, and families.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HQ1154 .W675 2000

The World's Women 2005: Progress in Statistics
"Focuses on [the] issue of national reporting of sex disaggregated statistics in such areas as demographics, health, education, work, violence against women, poverty, human rights and and analyses the current availability of data and assesses progress made in the provision of national statistics, as opposed to internationally prepared estimates, relevant to gender concerns during the past 30 years."

GenderStats: Database of Gender Statistics
Gender statistics and indicators by country and region. Includes indicators for themes that range from health and education to political participation and poverty. Sex-disaggregated data for some themes are limited or not available. Based on national statistics, UN databases, and World Bank-conducted or funded surveys. Maintained by the World Bank Group.

Families and Living Arrangements
Demographic characteristics of households and families. Based on survey data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Marriage and Divorce
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Polling Data

Polling the Nations
A compilation of the full-text of the questions and responses from over 14,000 national, state and local surveys conducted since 1986 by some 700 polling organizations in the United States and eighty other countries.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access


ICPSR Data Access & Analysis
Rutgers is a member of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, a hugh social sciences data archive hosted at the University of Michigan. Rutgers users can download ICPSR data sets and use them to generate charts, graphs, or other statistical reports.
Off-Campus Access Note: If you're a Rutgers user connecting from off-campus you must use the off-campus link if you're plannig on downloading data.


Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2006 - 2009
The basic annual U.S. statistical compilation. You can also links to tables from the 2001-2006 editions. However the PDF file format makes for cumbersome data retrieval. Print copies of latest edition of the Statistical Abstract are available at the Dana Reference Desk.

American FactFinder
Select query elements to create maps and view data tables based on Census 2000, the 1990 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Economic Census. See definitions of the major geographic units for which census data is available.

1980 and 1970 Census of Population are located in the Census area in the Dana Library Reference Room. Population characteristics for the nation and by state (including county, central city, and place data) are available in the General Social and Economic Characteristics volumes:

  • 1980 CENSUS OF POPULATION, General Social and Economic Characteristics, U.S. Summary (C3.223/7:980)
  • 1980 CENSUS OF POPULATION, General Social and Economic Characteristics, Pt. 32 New Jersey (C32.223/7:980/c32)
  • 1970 CENSUS OF POPULATION, General Soical and Economic Characteristics, New Jersey (C3.223/9:970/C32)

You will need to use the Table Finding Guide in the front of each volume to locate the data that you need.

Historical Census Browser
Generate selected characteristics of the population down to the state and county level from 1790 to 1960.

Women in the Labor Force

Women in the Labor Force: A Databook. Washington, D.C., U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2004.
Historical and current labor force and earnings data.

Women of Color Their Employment in the Private Sector. Washington, D.C., U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2003.
Trends in employment of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American women between 1990 and 2001.

Women in Politics

Center for American Women and Politics
Current and historical data on women office-holders and candidates, as well as data on the gender gap and voting patterns. The Center also makes available various reports on women candidates and elected officials.

Women in Parliaments: World and Regional Averages
Current summary data plus archived data back to 1997. The Inter-Parliamentary Union's PARLINE Database also allows you to search for the results of the most recent election in all countries where a national legislature exists.

Gender Analysis Tool Kit

Gender Analysis Tool Kit
Washington, D.C., United States Agency for International Development, Office of Women in Development, 1994.
Ten analytical tools designed to help practitioners analyze national-level quantitative data relating to gender issues in development.
Ref. HQ1240 .G43 1994

Natalie Borisovets (
March 7, 2006
rev. March 9, 2009