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Gender & Sexuality Studies

Getting Started in Research in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Research in Gender and Sexuality Studies involves integrating insights from various academic disciplines to gain a comprehensive understanding of how gender and sexuality can impact the world. This guide will help direct you to different resources available at Bates but recognize this may not be exhaustive.

Handbooks and Reference Materials in GSS

The Oxford Handbook of U. S. Women's Social Movement Activism

Available online.
Chapters on "waves" of feminism, movements related to specific issues (e.g. workplace issues, reproductive rights, etc.), movement strategies, intersectionality, and women activists within other movements.

Handbook of Feminist Research

"This Handbook presents both a theoretical and practical approach to conducting social science research on, for, and about women."

The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

A unique, state-of-the-art synthesis of the known work, combined with current research trends, in the broad field of gender and psychology.

APA Handbook of Men and Masculinities

APA Handbook of Men and Masculinities

Historical, conceptual, and methodological issues.

Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance

This scholarly work is the most comprehensive existing resource on human physical appearance-how people's outer physical characteristics and their inner perceptions and attitudes about their own appearance (body image) affect their lives. The encyclopedia's 117 full-length chapters are composed and edited by the world's experts.

Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures

The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Online is an interdisciplinary, trans-historical, and global project embracing women and Islamic cultures in every region where there have been significant Muslim populations. It aims to cover every topic for which there is significant research, examining these regions from the period just before the rise of Islam to the present.

Critical Terms for the Study of Gender

Genealogies of key concepts with references to the works that transformed scholarship

Daily Life of Women: An Encyclopedia from Ancient Times to the Present

This reference book provides an overview of the daily life of women through history, and a timeline highlights key events in women's history. It draws upon a wide array of cultural settings and time periods in which women displayed agency by carrying out their daily economic, familial, artistic, and religious obligations.

Article Indexes in GSS

In GSS, starting your research in LibrarySearch can be helpful, but it will be easier to narrow down your topic to relevant sources if you dive into subject-specific databases, like the ones listed below. You can do a combined search with both of these by clicking on "Choose Databases" when you're in the EBSCO interface.

Primary Sources in GSS

Non-Governmental Research Reports on Gender and Women's Studies

New Books in GSS