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WGSS 8005: Women's Studies Proseminar (Sinnott/Fall 2019 - Spring 2020): Finding Secondary Sources

How Do I Find Secondary Sources for My Topic?

Use keyword searching in the GSU library catalog (called GILFind) (for books) and in relevant databases (for articles). Brainstorm different keywords for your topic and see what happens.

Use Boolean searching (AND, OR, NOT) to expand or narrow your searches. (What's Boolean searching again? Learn more here.)

When you find a relevant item, click on the record and look for subject terms. Clicking on a subject term will bring up other related items.

Try your keywords and subject terms in other databases, and see what you find!

How Do I Find Women's Studies Journals?

For useful lists of Women's Studies journals, use these links:

Key Women's Studies Databases Available @ GSU

Click here for a full list of the secondary- and primary-source databases held by the GSU Library.

Interdisciplinary Article Databases available @ GSU

Women's Studies is interdisciplinary!

These databases are broad, interdisciplinary article databases.

Don't forget to check related research guides to find additional databases for your topic. To see all of our databases, use our A-Z list.

Other Subject Article Databases Available @ GSU

These databases focus on specific social-science disciplines. To search more broadly, try the databases in the "General Articles Databases" box.

You can also use the dropdown "Find by Subject" box in the Articles / Databases tab to identify relevant databases by subject.

Subject-specific research guides can also help you find more databases for your topic.

Library of Congress Classification Outline

The Library of Congress Classification Outline gives an overview of what the different letters and letter combinations used in call numbers mean!

  • Click on an individual letter to get the subcategories (i.e. H breaks down into subcategories like HB, HD, HQ, and so on).
  • Click on a subcategory to get a more detailed outline of the subjects included in each subcategory (that's what the numbers following the letters mean!)

Most academic libraries (i.e. colleges and universities) use the Library of Congress Classification Outline, so once you've begun to recognize which letter/number combinations seem relevant to you, you can use that combination at any other college/university library. 

I mentioned this book in class -- it's a study of how the Library of Congress has classified homosexuality and related terms. Very interesting study on how subject terms evolve:

For Graduate Students and Faculty: Desktop Delivery

If you find a journal article or book chapter that is available at the GSU Library in print only, you have two options:

  1. You can come to the GSU Library and make a xerox copy or scan the article/chapter.
  2. Graduate students (and faculty) can fill out an Interlibrary Loan request for the article/chapter, and it will be made available to you as a PDF, through the ILL system.

To fill out an Interlibrary Loan request, start here. You will need your Library ID (on the back of your PantherCard, starts with a letter).

This offer applies only to journal articles and book chapters and not to whole books.

For more information about Desktop Delivery, click here.

Using the Journals Tab

Use the Journals tab on the GSU Library's homepage to get information about whether the GSU Library has access to a particular journal or magazine.

Type in the name of the journal, and select "All Journals."

An "All Journals" search will bring up information about BOTH print and electronic versions of the journal (especially useful if you are looking for an older article which may not be available electronically).

Using Find It @GSU

Many databases give you only a citation telling you where to find the article, not the article itself.

This button is often a shortcut to the full article text in another database:

Click the Find It @GSU button to open a window with links to the article you need.

If the GSU Library does not have access to an electronic copy of the article, we may have a copy in print.

If that fails, try searching for the journal title in GIL-Find, or use the "Journals" tab.

If the GSU Library does not have a print or electronic version of the article, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request it from another library.

Lost? Stuck? Too many options? Ask a Librarian for help, or contact your History Librarian!