Women's Studies

  • This research guide is designed to help you in your research process by pointing out the reference tools in Grace Library that will be of most use for the study of women and women’s studies in America and around the world.

    Searching for Books and Videos

    To search for books and videos about women in Grace Library go to the library's Online Catalog

    Once the online catalog window has opened, enter in one of the subject headings listed below into the Quick Search box, select subject from the drop down menu and click on the search button. Below are just a few of the many subject headings you could use; consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings for others.

    African American Women, Afro-American Women, Dictionary of American Women, Indians of North America—Women, Feminism, Feminist Theory, Feminist Theory, Women Authors, Women Business, Women Health, Women Musicians, Women Politics, Women Religion, Women Science, Women’s Studies

    Visit Helpful Web Resources for a current and frequently updated list of appropriate and useful websites (located under Women's Studies). 

    Selected Reference Books in Grace Library

    All books located in the Reference Collection and on the Ready Reference Shelves will have the abbreviation Ref. printed on their spine above the call number. For general Reference books, browse the HQ section of the Reference Collection.

    African American Women

    Hine, Darlene Clark, ed. Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
    Along with the biographical entries, this work presents 163 essays on historical topics related to African Americans in general and African American women in particular.
    CALL NUMBER: E185.86 B542 2005 v.1-3 


    Armstrong, Carol and de Zegher, Catherine, eds. Women Artists at the Millennium. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2006.
    CALL NUMBER: NX180.F4.W655 2006 (located in the General Collection)

    Gaze, Delia, ed.  Dictionary of Women Artists.  London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997.
    CALL NUMBER: N43 P47 1997 v.1-2


    O’Reilly, Jean and Cahn, Susan K., eds. Women and Sports in the United States: a Documentary Reader. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2007.
    CALL NUMBER: GV709.18 .U6 O74 2007 (located in the General Collection)


    Davidson, Cathy M. and Linda Wagner-Martin, eds. The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
    CALL NUMBER: PS147 O94 1995

    Benbow-Pfalzgraf, Taryn, ed.  American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide From Colonial Times to the Present, 2nd ed.  Detroit: St James Press, 2000.
    CALL NUMBER: PS147 A42 2000 v.1-4 

    Schlueter, Paul, and June Schlueter, eds. An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers, Rev. and expanded ed.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1998.
    CALL NUMBER: PR111 E54 1998

    Shelton, Pamela L., ed. Contemporary Women Poets. Detroit: St. James, 1998.
    CALL NUMBER: PS151 .C67 1998

    Showalter, Elaine. A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
    CALL NUMBER: PS147.S46 2009 (located in the General Collection) 


    Heywood, Leslie. The Women's Movement Today : An Encyclopedia of Third-wave Feminism. Westport, Conn.:Greenwood Press, 2006.
    CALL NUMBER:  HQ1115 .W644 2006 v.1-2

    Humm, Maggie.  Dictionary of Feminist Theory, 2nd ed.  Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1995.
    A broad presentation of the issues in contemporary feminist thought, focusing primarily on Anglo-American and French theory.
    CALL NUMBER: HQ1115 .H86 1995 

    Heads of State

    Hoogensen, Gunhild. Women in Power: World Leaders since 1960. Westport Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 2006.
    CALL NUMBER: HQ1236.H66 2006 

    Jackson, Guida M.  Women Who Ruled.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1990.
    CALL NUMBER: D107 J33 1990


    Fife, Rose and Schrager, Sarina B., eds. The ACP Handbook of Women’s Health. Philadelphia: American College of Physicians, 2009.
    CALL NUMBER: RC48.6.A37 2009

    Murthy, Padmini and Smith, Clyde Lanford, eds. Women’s Global Health and Human Rights. Sunbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2010.
    CALL NUMBER: RA778.W7516 2010 (located in the General Collection)

    International Women’s Studies

    Adler, Leonore L. International Handbook on Gender Roles.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993.
    CALL NUMBER:  HQ1075 I58 1993 (located on the Ready Reference Shelves) 

    Caron, Sandra L. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Human Sexuality. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1998.
    CALL NUMBER: HQ16 C37 1998 

    Gall, Timothy L., ed. Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life, 2nd ed. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2009.
    CALL NUMBER: GN333 W67 2009 Vols. 1-5 (located on the Ready Reference Shelves) 

    Stromquist, Nelly P., ed. Women in the Third World: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Issues. New York: Garland, 1998.
    CALL NUMBER: HQ1870.9 W6548 1998

    Walter, Lynn, ed. Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women’s Issues Worldwide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2003.
    Vol. 1: Asia and Oceania; Vol. 2: Central and South America; Vol. 3: Europe; Vol. 4: Middle East and North Africa; Vol. 5: North America and the Caribbean; Vol. 6: Sub-Saharan Africa
    CALL NUMBER: HQ1115 G74 2003 v. 1-6 (located on the Ready Reference Shelves)

    Young, Serinity, ed. Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 1999.
    CALL NUMBER: BL458 E53 1999 v. 1-2 (located on the Ready Reference Shelves)

    Management and Administration

    Krismann, Carol. Encyclopedia of American Women in Business: From Colonial Times to the Present. Westport,Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.
    CALL NUMBER: HD6054.4.U6 K753 2005 v.1-2 


    Kersey, Ethel M.  Women Philosophers: A Bio-Critical Source Book.  New York: Greenwood, 1989.
    CALL NUMBER: B105 W6 K47 1989 


    Maggio, Rosalie, comp.  The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women.  Boston: Beacon Press, 1996.
    Presents quotations by women from all around the world, from ancient times to the present.
    CALL NUMBER: PN6081.5 .N48 1996  


    Roberts, Cokie. Ladies of Liberty : The Women Who Shaped Our Nation. New York: William Morrow, c2008.
    CALL NUMBER: E176 .R65 2008 (located in the General Collection)

    Schiff,  Karenna Gore. Lighting the Way : Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. New York : Miramax Books/Hyperion, c2005.
    CALL NUMBER:  CT3260 .S35 2005 (located in the General Collection)

    Scientists and Mathematicians

    Yount, Lisa A to Z of Women in Science and Math. New York, NY: Facts on File, c1999.
    CALL NUMBER: Q141 .Y675 1999  

    Bystydzienski, Jill M. and Bird, Sharon R., eds. Removing Barriers: Women in Academic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.
    CALL NUMBER: Q130 .R46 2006 (located in the General Collection) 


    Taeuber, Cynthia, comp and ed.  Statistical Handbook on Women in America, 2nd ed.  Phoenix: Oryx, 1996.
    Presents tables and charts giving statistics on all aspects of women's lives in America.
    CALL NUMBER: HQ1420 .T34 1996

    The World's Women, 1995 : Trends and Statistics.  New York: United Nations, 1995.
    Statistics on the condition of women, world wide.  Compiled by the United Nations.
    CALL NUMBER: HQ1154 .W675 1995 

    Journal and Magazine Articles

    You will find journal and magazine articles about women in society and women’s studies in most databases that Grace Library offers however, the following may be particularly useful. 

    Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost) – This database contains full text articles on many issues including feminism and women’s studies. Access to Academic Search Premier

    CWI (Contemporary Women's Issues) – This database provides access to global books and articles on women in over 150 countries. You can access CWI through the "yellow" PC by clicking on the icon for First Search and then selecting the CWI database.

    Gender Watch (ProQuest) – This database contains publications focusing on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. Access to Gender Watch.

    OmniFile Full Text Select - H.W. Wilson (EBSCOhost) - Articles from nearly all areas of academic study (including literary criticism). Access to OmniFile Full Text Select

    Women’s Studies Abstracts – This print index contains citations and abstracts to significant research in women’s studies. It can be found on the 2nd floor of Grace Library.