Course Research Guides

POSC 355: Contemporary Feminist Thought

Spring 2007 - Professor Barbara Allen

indexes and databases | print reference | web sites | scholarly journals | newspapers | librarian

Indexes and Databases

Start with These

  • Project Muse
    A multidisciplinary database of current scholarly journals in areas such as women's studies and other interdisciplinary subject areas.
  • World Wide Political Science Abstracts
    The key index to journals in political science.
  • America: History and Life, 1964 to current.
    An abstracting service covering North America's literature for history and culture; especially strong for the U.S.
  • Academic Search Premier
    This very large multidisciplinary database allows you to search thousands of journals at once. To combat the problem of too many hits, try limiting to journals you know.

Then Try These

  • Alternative Press Index, online; 1991 to current; print: 1970 - 1991.
    API indexes alternative and radical publications usually not indexed by other sources; no abstracts; probably requires using interlibrary loan to obtain the articles.
  • International Index to Black Periodicals, 1902 to current, full-text 1998-current.
    IIBP provides indexing only to current and retrospective citations and abstracts from over 150 scholarly and popular journals, newspapers and newsletters from the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean.
  • The Left Index, 1990 to current.
    CC Reference HX 1 .L34
    A small print index to periodicals of the left.
  • LexisNexis Primary Documents in U.S. History,
    Historical documents, government records, full-text articles, abstracts, biographies, reference articles, images, and other primary sources in African American history and in American women's history.
  • MarciveWeb DOCS: The Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1976 to current.
    Basic index to U.S. government publications; 1917-1989 in Gov Doc Reference (print).
  • PAIS/Public Affairs Information Service, online: 1972 to current. Print: 1915 - 1995.
    Political science index which includes selective indexing of all types of sources.
  • Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, 1972- current.
    CC Reference HQ 1111 .W65
    Indexes the popular press that can generally be bought at a newstand.
  • Sociological Abstracts, 1952- .
    Main index to the social sciences journals. Also indexes books, book chapters, conference papers, and dissertations.
  • SSCI - Social Science Citation Index (via Web of Science)
    The Institute for Scientific Information publishes the Social Sciences Citation Index, which provides access to current bibliographic information and cited references, covering more than 1,700 of the world's leading social sciences journals in a broad range of disciplines. It also covers individually selected, relevant items from more than 3,400 of the world's leading natural and physical science journals. A powerful capability is cited reference searching, a process whereby one tracks the number of times a specific work has been cited or referenced in other works.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000.
    Primary documents, teaching tools and document projects on Women and Social Movements in the US.
  • Women Studies Abstracts, 1972- .
    CC Reference HQ 1111 .W65
    Arranged by broad subject; slightly more detailed subject index; some abstracts are included; popular and scholarly periodicals indexed.
  • Women's Studies Index, 1989- .
    CC Reference HQ 1180 .W683
    Indexes 82 periodicals, comprehensive indexing of scholarly titles.
  • WorldCat
    Best resource to search for comprehensive listings of books published on a topic or by an author. Good for identifying a journal and who may own it. The database has about 37 million titles listed.

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Print Reference Collection

Useful Library of Congress classification letters for your research:

Religion: BR - BX
Jewish Studies: E 184
Social Movements: HN
Women's Studies: HQ
Political: J's
Legal Issues: K

  • The 1960s: An Annotated Bibliography of Social and Political Movements in the United States. By Rebecca Jackson.
    CC Books HN 59 .J32 1992
    Arranged by broad subject; slightly more detailed subject index; some abstracts are included; popular and scholarly periodicals indexed.
  • Afro-American Nationalism: An Annotated Bibliography of Mililtant Separatist and Nationalist Literature. By Agustina Herod and Charles C. Herod.
    CC Reference E 185.625 .H47 1986
    Arranged topically, this bibliography abstracts each entry of secondary literature.
  • American Women's Magazines: An Annotated Historical Guide. By Nancy K. Humphreys.
    CC Reference PN 4879 .H85 1989
    See Kristin about accessing primary sources like this beyond Carleton's collection.
  • Encyclopedia of American Activism: 1960 to the Present. By Margaret B. DiCanio.
    CC Reference JK 1764 .D53 1998
    Essay entries and long definitions with brief bibiliographies at the end of the entry.
  • Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories. Edited by Lorraine Code.
    CC Reference HQ 1190 .E63 2000
    Especially helpful for putting theoretical concepts into a larger context.
  • Feminist Writers. Ed. by Pamela Kester-Shelton.
    CC Reference PN 451 .F46 1996
    Bibiographic treatment of feminist women in literature.
  • The Women's Rights Movement in the United States, 1848 - 1970. By Albert Krichmar.
    CC Reference HQ 1410 .K75
    A partially annotated bibliography covering books, periodical articles, and other miscellaneous materials; published in 1972.

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Web Sites

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Scholarly Journals

Keep an eye out for the following respected journals in your search results. Or, take some time to browse recent issues of these journals as you're exploring ideas for topics.

  • Feminist Forum
  • Frontiers
  • International Journal of Women's Studies
  • Journal of feminist studies in religion
  • NORA: Nordic Journal of Women's Studies
  • NWSA Journal: A Publication of the National Women's Studies Association
  • Signs
  • Women in German Yearbook
  • Women's Studies International Forum
  • Women's Studies International Quarterly
  • Women's Studies International Quarterly Forum

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These Newspapers are retained in the Library's collection; all are on microfilm on the 3rd floor. Most major newspapers are selectively indexed by The H.W.Wilson Indexes, by ProQuest Newsstand, and by Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe. Use the Electronic Database page that lists electronic newspapers to access these.

  • Christian Science Monitor, 1960- .
    Paper index (1960- ) is in Reference: AI21 .C46
  • The Times, London, 1790- .
    Paper index (1790- ) is in Reference: AI21 .T37
  • The New York Times Index. New York, NY: New York Times Company.
    Index to the newspaper of record in the United States. Back issues of The New York Times newspaper are held in the Library's microforms collection.
    print Ref AI21 .N43 1851-1911 and Ref AI21 .N44 1912-
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
    Full-text and full-image articles for the New York Times (1851-2001) and the Wall Street Journal (1889-1987).
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, 1991- .
    Index - See a librarian for access to the indexing.
  • Wall Street Journal, 1958- .
    Ref HG1 .W258Index, 1958- .
  • Washington Post, 1979- .
    Ref AI21 .W3Index, 1979- .
  • Black Panther, 1968 - 1980.
  • Chicago Defender, 1917 to date.
    Microfilm is on 3rd floor. Best index is the Kaiser Index to Black Resources.

The Kaiser Index to Black Resources, 1948 - 1986.
CC Reference Folio E 185 .K34 1992
A multi-volume set covering resources from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library; indexes titles like Black Panther and Pittsburgh Courier.

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This Research Guide By:

  • Kristin Partlo
    • Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences & Data
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    • Gould Library 466