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Women's Studies

The study of women and gender.

Welcome to WMNST 602

Hello, this is the library research guide for WMNST 602 Seminar: Methods of Inquiry in Women's Studies, with links to resources to help with your research.

Please note: in order to access full text ebooks and articles, you will need to authenticate with your SDSUid and password, unless you are on campus or logged into the VPN.

Need help? Check out the links on the left, below the black nav bars. You can also make an appointment with a subject specialist, particularly if you're outside the Women's Studies Department.

During the library session, you'll be working on a couple of practice questions. Please right click the link to this Google doc and open it in a new tab. It will prompt you to save a copy for yourself. Note: you'll need to be logged into your @sdsu.edu email for the link to work. Here's a view-only version of the doc without the copy prompt.

Library Resources in the time of Covid

Our covid-19 page has the most current information about our services.

This includes:

  • Details on Domeside Pickup of books and DVDs in our collection
  • How to get research and computer help via online chat
  • Requesting books from other libraries through CSU+, Circuit, and interlibrary loan programs

You can also consult the Doing Research Remotely page for tips on finding and accessing ebooks, full text articles, dissertations and theses, data and statistics, and primary sources.

Feel free to contact Laurel Bliss if you run into problems or have questions. We can chat via email or Zoom, whatever works best for you.

Advanced Search Strategies

  • Generate keywords to describe your topic, being mindful of synonyms.
  • Keep your search simple at first, using only a couple of words. Try different combinations of words.
  • Use quotes for phrases such as "new york" to keep the words together. 
  • Use the asterisk for truncation, so that photo* will bring up photographs, photographers, etc.
  • Limit your search by filters such as date of publication, language, or peer-reviewed articles.
  • If you find a source that seems directly on topic, look closely to see what words they use. These can be in the title, table of contents, subjects, or summary.
  • Try your search in different databases.

Tips on Lit Reviews

If you're new to doing a literature review, you might take a look at our Steps in a Comprehensive* Literature Review guide.

One point to remember is that you're looking for relevant resources. This means content that provides background information, for instance, or clarifies a new direction of scholarship on your topic. Resist the urge to include as many sources as you can, and instead focus on those that directly explore the issues you've selected. Quality > quantity.