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Gender Studies

Finding Books

Use the Queen's Library Catalogue (QCAT) to find the locations and call numbers of books (as well as videos, audio, microform, map, serial, and rare titles) at Queen's Library.

E-Book Collections

Many individual electronic books are available within e-book collections. Most collections have individual book records in QCAT, but some do not.
 
To limit your search in QCAT, choose E-Books from the drop-down menu.
 
E-Book Collections useful for Gender Studies include:

QCAT Search Tips

Quick Tips

  • Omit initial articles (e.g. the, a, an, le, la) when searching for the title of a work
  • Capitalization is not necessary
  • Author search: last name first name

Keyword Searching

Keyword or Keyword Boolean search will search all parts of an item’s record, including book chapter titles (drawn from the Table of Contents) of many recently published books.

  • Keyword search: the Boolean operator AND is assumed between each search word. Enclose phrases in “quotation marks” to keep words in the phrase together.
  • Keyword Boolean: allows you to control your search results by combining your topic words and phrases (using AND and OR) and excluding unwanted concepts (using NOT).

Boolean Operators Explained

AND: narrows your search results because all words entered into the search box must appear somewhere in each returned result

OR: broadens your search results because either/any of the words entered into the search box must appear somewhere in each returned result

NOT: excludes unwanted terms/concepts from being returned in your search results

Books not at Queen's Library

WorldCat
The combined online catalogues of tens of thousands of libraries around the world. You can request books in WorldCat that are not held by Queen's Library by using our interlibrary loan serivce.

Catalogues from Other Libraries
Links to other academic library catalogues in Ontario and beyond.

Interlibrary Loan
If the book (or journal article) you want is not available at Queen's Library, you can place an Interlibary Loan request through RACER so we can try to get it from another library.

Additional QCAT Tips

  • Use quotation marks for phrases: “critical race studies”
  • When combining multiple words/phrases with more than one Boolean operator, group search terms by using parentheses, example: (multicultural OR immigration) AND (policy OR law)
  • When you locate a relevant title, check the assigned subjects to search for additional materials
  • Record the call numbers of relevant books and utilize Show on Floorplan as you orient yourself to the layout of the library stacks
  • Log in to QCAT to Save Searches, add titles to My Book Bag, check your Account.