Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

A guide for students doing GWSS research

Library Research Guide

Getting Started

Before you do any in-depth research, it may be helpful to consult reference resources about your topic. K-State Libraries has an awesome resource that will get you started quickly and keep you well informed: the database CQ Researcher. It contains reports on current issues from the Congressional Quarterly Press. 

web article on workplace sexual harrassment

Popular and Scholarly Articles

Below are databases that work very well for researching in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies - because it is an interdisciplinary field, you may need to search in different databases ranging from general to Sociology or Literature.

Newspapers and News

Many issues relevant to gender, women, and sexuality stories are often in the news. These databases cover major news outlets in the U.S. and around the world. Most, but not all, are English-language publications. If you can read another language, searching in that language (e.g. mujer instead of women) will find results from news sources in that language.

Use Search It

Search It is a tool that you can use to search across the library collection. This video (2:20) gives a brief introduction to using Search It. 

How to Search

You can search the databases in different ways to find materials that will be relevant for your assignment, including:

  • Use the thesaurus to help you find appropriate search terms
  • Use "or" between search terms if you want EITHER word, "and" if you want BOTH
  • Try truncating keywords using asterisks: ethnograph* to get ethnography or ethnographic.
  • Put phrases in quotes: “professional development” “special education”
  • To find research articles, try adding the words: “research methods”, data, results, discussion, study (not all of these words will appear in every article, so try using just a few or combining them in different ways.) 
  • Try adding a keyword for a specific type of methodology -- quantitative, qualitative, ethnography, feminist, "case study", etc…
  • PsycInfo allows you to specifically limit to quantitative or qualitative research articles
  • Look for a limit for professional journal articles or peer-reviewed articles

Example of searching in ERIC

Getting the Articles

Many of the articles you find will be available online.

If you don’t see the full text on the database you are searching, use the Get It button to see if the full text of the article is available through another source.

If you find a citation to something that we don’t own, most of the time we can borrow it from another library. Please allow yourself enough time to do this! Interlibrary Loan usually gets materials very quickly, but it can take 1-2 business days for articles and 3-10 business days for books (or longer if you are off campus).

Click on “Not Available? Request from Interlibrary Loan” from the Get It menu or “Interlibrary Loan” on the library home page. For more information, see our Interlibrary Services page.

Interlibrary Loan link on Get It menu

Identify Peer-Reviewed Journals Using Ulrich's

Screenshot of Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory highlighting referees jersey as icon denoting peer-reviewed souce