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HIST 282: Gender in North American History, 1000-1880

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Once you have found a book that is relevant, you can sometimes use the subject headings for that item to find similar materials. 

Subject headings are specific phrases that are assigned to items. Searching for subject headings can often give more relevant results than searching by keyword

Subject Headings

Here are a few examples of subject heading searches:
Indian women
Indigenous women
Women pioneers
Women's rights

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Indigenous women Canada History
Sex role New France History
Women History 19th century
Women Canada History 20th century
Women's rights United States History 19th century

Another approach to find subject headings is to look up a title that you have determined is relevant to your research, e.g. Reading Canadian Women's and Gender History
The subject headings assigned to this title are:
Women Canada History
Feminism Canada History
Women Canada Social conditions

Digitized Books

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Book Series

The featured title is part of the series, Studies in Gender and History, which explores the centrality of gender, race, and class to a wide range of historical events, including the Canadian suffrage movement, the Great Depression, the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II, the rise of twentieth-century consumer culture, and much more.

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Blackwell Companions

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Some titles include:

A Companion to Gender History

A Companion to Gender Studies

Oxford Handbooks


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