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Women and Gender Studies



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Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what C.O.D. uses to arrange its books)
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Interlibrary Loan, to get books and journal articles from other libraries around the country.
List of COD library books on Women's Roles Through History


A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women. Reference HQ1136 .L54 2008
A to Z World Women in Culture and Business: 175 Countries - Position in Society, Legal Rights, Education, Dating, Marriage, and Family, Health, Social Customs, Women in Professions, Women as Business Owners, and Foreign Businesswomen. (2008)
American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles. Reference HM 647 .A 44 2009
American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia. Reference HQ 1090.3 .A 453 2003
Battleground: Women, Gender and Sexuality. Reference HQ 1115 .B 38 2008
Beauty Around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia.
Biographical Dictionary for Women. [online]
Boy Culture: An Encyclopedia. Reference. HQ 797 .B 69 2010
Coming of Age in Popular Culture : Teenagers, Adolescence, and the Art of Growing Up
Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia . Reference HQ 796 .C 8154 2006
The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality. Reference HQ 21 .I68 2004
Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body. (2008)
Eating Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Treatment, and Prevention. (2013)
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Reference AE 5 .E 363 2005
Encyclopedia of American Studies.
Encyclopedia of American Women and Religion
Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. Ref. BF 697.5 .B 631997 2012
Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues. (2011)
Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature. Reference PN 471 .S 58 2006
Encyclopedia of Gender and Society. (2009)
Encyclopedia of Gender in Media. Reference P 96.S5 E53 2012
Encyclopedia of Global Studies. (2012)
Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Reference HM 716 .E 53 2010
Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History. Reference TT 957 .S 46 2002
Encyclopedia of Human Relationships.
Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions. (2008)
Encyclopedia of Motherhood Reference HQ 759 .E 52 2010
Encyclopedia of Rape. Reference HV 6558 .E 53 2004
Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. (2007)
Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World's Cultures. . Reference HQ 16 .E 53 2003
Encyclopedia of Social Networks.
Encyclopedia of Women and American Politics. Reference HQ 1236.5 .U 6 E 52 2008
Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender. Reference HQ 1115 .E 52 2001
Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America. Reference BL 458 .E 52 2006
Encyclopedia of Women in the American West (2003)
Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World. (2001)
Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance : Italy, France, and England. Reference HQ 1148 .W 67 2007
Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. (2011)
Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers. (2001)
Encyclopedia of Women's Autobiography. (2005)
Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife.
Encyclopedia of Women's Health.
Faces Around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the Human Face. (2012)
Feet and Footwear: A Cultural Encyclopedia. (2009)
Female Action Heroes : A Guide to Women in Comics, Video Games, Film, and Television. (2013)
Feminist Philosophies, A to Z.
From Suffrage to the Senate: America's Political Women: An Encyclopedia of Leaders, Causes, and Issues. (2006)
Gender and Education : An Encyclopedia. Reference LC 213 .G 425 2007
Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia. (2008)
Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women's Issues Worldwide. Reference HQ 1115 .G 7 2003
International Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Reference HQ 796 .I 58 2007
International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family. Reference HQ 9 .E 52 2003
International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinaties. Reference HQ 1090 .I 58 2007
International Encyclopedia of Women's Suffrage. (2000)
Key Concepts in Critical Social Theory.
Key Concepts in Feminist Theory and Research .
Key Contemporary Concepts.
Marriage Customs of the World : An Encyclopedia of Dating Customs and Wedding Traditions. (2013)
Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia. Reference HQ 1090.3 .M 436 2004
Misogyny in American Culture: Causes, Trends, and Solutions
Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History. Reference HN 57 .O 94 2012
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender. (2014)
Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. (2008)
Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women's Issues and Knowledge. Reference HQ 1115 .R 69 2000
Sage Dictionary of Cultural Studies.
Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery. (2013)
The Social Science Encyclopedia. Reference H 41. S63 2004
The Social Science Jargon Buster: The Key Terms You Need to Know.
Statistical Abstract of the United States . Latest edition on Ready Reference, older editions at General HA 202 .U 5 S 93.
Wimmin, Wimps, and Wallflowers: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Gender and Sexual Orientation Bias in the United States.. (2001)
Women Adventurers,1750-1900 : A Biographical Dictionary, with Excerpts from Selected Travel Writings. Reference G 245 .M 38 2008
Women in Higher Education: An Encyclopedia. General LC 1569 .W 66 2002
Women in the Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia. (2004)
Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Reference HQ 1115 .W 6 2000
The Women's Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third-Wave Feminism. Reference HQ 1115 .W 644 2006
Women's Rights in the United States : A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People.
Women's Roles and Statuses the World Over. Reference HQ 1236 .H 46 2006
Women's Studies Encyclopedia. Reference HQ 1115 .W 645 1999


Print journals in the Current Periodicals section on the Lower Level:
Advocate, Latina, Out

You must have a valid College of DuPage library cardto access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.


SocIndex with Full-Text (1974-present). References & abstracts for journals for political science and other related social science disciplines.

Other Databases

Academic OneFile (formerly Expanded Academic Index ASAP). An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas including anthropology. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.

Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost]1984 to present; 1990 to present- full text). Abstracts from nearly 3000 journals and full text for 1250 journals including general reference, education, social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, library and information science.

The Chicago Tribune (1989 to present) newspaper.

Google Scholar. This provides access to many free full-text articles, as well as citations to many other articles.

JSTOR. This is an archive of digitized journal articles ranging in date from the 1700's to the early 2000's. These collections span a variety of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.

Military and Government Collection of full-text articles and bibliographic citations.

National Newspapers(ProQuest). This includes the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Open Access Journals Directory (free full-text journal articles)

Policybot. This is a database of over 18,000 public policy reports and documents, most of them full-text & free online.

Project MUSE. This database offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000. Women and Social Movements in the United States is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history generally at the same time that it makes the insights into women's history. The collection currently includes 108 document projects and archives with almost 4,300 documents and more than 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by more than 2,200 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools. Also included is online version of Notable American Women and the database on Commissions on the Status of Women.

More COD Library journal and newspaper article databases.
Explanation of Scholarly Journals
Explanation of the Difference Between Magazines and Journals
How to Read a Research Study Article


Encyclopedia of Abortion in the United States.
Encyclopedia of Birth Control. Reference HQ 766 .E 52 2001
Encyclopedia of Motherhood Reference HQ 759 .E 52 2010
List of COD Library books on Abortion
List of COD Library videos on Abortion


Dictionary of Homophobia .
Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States. Reference PS 153 .S 39 E 53 2009
Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture. Reference HQ 75.13 .P 76 2008
Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America. Reference HQ 76.3 .U 5 E 53 2004
Gay Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia. Reference HQ 75.13 .G 37 2000
Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History
Greenwood Encyclopedia of LGBT Issues Worldwide. .
Historical Dictionary of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Movements.
Homosexuality and Religion: An Encyclopedia. Reference BL 65 .H 64 H 63 2007
Lesbian Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia. Reference HQ 75.5 .L 4395 2000
LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia. Reference HQ 73.3 .U 6 L 43 2009
The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture. Ref HQ 76.96 .R 68 2011


Background Readings

Gender and Economy

Gender and Education
Gender and Islam

Gender and Law

Gender and Politics
Women and Religious Rituals
Women in Islamic Nations
Women's Economic History in the Middle East

Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and North Africa: An Encyclopedia.
Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World.
Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa.
Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures. Reference HQ 1170 .E 53 2003
Historical Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa. (2013)
Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women.


An Encyclopedia of American Women at War: From the Home Front to the Battlefields. .
Women and War : A Historical Encyclopedia from Antiquity to the Present. Reference U 24 .W 69 2006
Women and War in the 21st Century: A Country-by-Country Guide
Women in Combat: A Reference Handbook. General UB 418 .W 65 S 563 2011
List of COD Library videos on Women and War / Military




Center for Gender Studies at the University of Chicago
National Council for Research on Women
Population and Demography Sites from the Librarian's Index to the Internet
A Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace
Statistics selected by your Geography from Federal Stats/Map Stats.
Women and Gender Studies Web Sites
WomenWatch: UN Resources on Gender Equality and Women
Women's Studies/Women's Issues Resource Sites
Women's Studies: Core Books