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Gender Studies

A selective guide to resources in Gender Studies at Queen's University Library

About Journal Articles

Journal articles are important sources for your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic. There are different types of articles: scholarly, popular or trade. If you are looking for scholarly or peer reviewed articles, you can typically restrict your search results to only peer reviewed journal articles by applying a search limit in the database.

How to find journal articles relevant to Gender Studies

  • Databases
    Databases are a great tool to search for articles. As Gender Studies is interdisciplinary, the suggested databases in this guide are an excellent place to start your research process. Keep in mind that the list of multidisciplinary databases below cover a range of subject areas and disciplines, whereas the specialized databases have a specific focus. 

    To find additional databases, see the library's database page. Depending on your topic, it is also recommended that you consult the subject guide relevant to your research topic.
  • Journals
    Databases conveniently search multiple journals at once, but if you already have a specific focus for your research, it may be helpful to go directly to the journal(s) relevant to your topic. 

    If you know the name of the journal/magazine/newspaper you are looking for, you can do a  Journal Search by title on Omni.

Key Databases

Provides indexing and abstracts covering the full spectrum of gender-related scholarship. It offers over a million records from scholarly and popular publications, including journals, books, conference papers and theses. Essential subjects include gender inequality, masculinity, post-feminism and gender identity.
Premiere database for finding sociological research, including gender studies, studies in violence and power, family and social welfare and more. Searches over 2000 journals.
Provides scholarly and popular LGBTQ+ publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines and newspapers. It also includes a specialized LGBTQ+ thesaurus containing thousands of terms

Additional Databases and Indexes

A subject index to alternative or radical journals and magazines.
Academic OneFile
Multidisciplinary index to scholarly peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as newspaper and audio material, including podcasts and news transcripts.
Academic Search Complete
Multidisciplinary index to peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, monographs and reports.

CBCA: Canadian Business & Current Affairs
Multidisciplinary database of Canadian magazines, scholarly journals, news and wire feeds and Canada focused articles.
Interdisciplinary, with a focus on publications from ethnic, minority and Indigenous presses.
GeoBase includes human geography and development studies.
Google Scholar
Multidisciplinary. Use Google's scholarly search engine to locate articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles published on the "open" web. Access from the library's link to be prompted to enter your NetID and password, which will then activate the library's full text subscriptions via Google Scholar.
Multidisciplinary. Provides international coverage and indexes journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters.
MLA International Bibliography
Comprehensive index to scholarly writing on literature, language, linguistics, literary criticism, folklore, drama, literary genres, etc.

Full text database focusing on the topic of psychoanalysis.
Indexes the international literature in psychology and related disciplines.

Additional Resources

Africa Knowledge Project
Africa Knowledge Project promotes Critical African Studies. It disseminates Africa-centered, evidence-based knowledge on Africa and African Diaspora.
English language. Includes African Women Bibliographic Database which has over 22,000 citations from 1986 to current. Materials indexed include: books; government documents; articles in edited books; journal articles; dissertations; videos.
Medieval women and gender index.
This searchable database provides citations to books and essay collections of feminist literary criticism and gender studies focusing on British and American literature. Emphasis also on general resources and introductory texts in feminist theory. Use MLA International Bibliography to research specific literary authors and to find citations to journal articles.
A current bibliography of articles about women's and gender history. Started as a special project at the University of Utrecht and continued by the International Institute of Social History.

Accessing the Full Text

Some databases provide you with a link to the full-text of the article. To locate others that are not full text, try one of these options:

In the database click on the Get it @ Queen's Link icon (show below):

This will take you to another window which identifies other databases that have full-text of your article. However your article may only be available in print so always check Omni. If Queen's doesn't have access to it, you can request it through InterLibrary Loan.


Staying Current

Current Awareness Services
Alerting, current awareness or table of contents services are designed to assist researchers in keeping up-to-date with current literature in a discipline. A number of databases and electronic journals provide automated alerting services based on your search profile or search strategy. Depending on the service, you may receive emailed tables of contents of your chosen journals, or a list of individual article citations. For specific journals for which you would like to set up alerts, look up the journal title in Omni and choose the link (when available) to the publisher's platform.
"Reprints, on a quarterly basis, the table of contents pages of over 150 magazines and journals, from academic journals such as Signs and Feminist Studies to special interest periodicals on women of color, art, law, health care, lesbian issues, and women around the world. Issues published prior to 2008 are available in Stauffer Reference Z7963 .F44 F44.