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Featured Resources in Gender and Women’s Studies

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: May 2, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

The Highlighter is the run down on the best resources The Falvey Library has to offer.

By Susan Turkel, Social Sciences Librarian

Gender and sexuality are topics that inform and connect to almost every field of study. Last month, Villanova University hosted the Gender & Women’s Studies Student Research Conference in conjunction with the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium; this exciting event was well-attended and offered students a great opportunity to share their research with a wider audience.

If you’re interested in majoring, minoring, or getting a graduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies, Villanova’s GWS program is a great place for you.

And if you’re doing research on a gender-related topic, Falvey has you covered! We have everything you need: journals, books, search engines for finding resources, and databases containing primary source materials to answer all of your gender and women’s studies questions! Check out these resources:

We subscribe to all of the top journals in the field, including:

Great interdisciplinary databases to help you find journal articles, books, news, and more:

Gender Studies Database provides indexing and abstracts for academic and professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, discussion and working papers, theses & dissertations and other sources. GSD combines Women’s Studies International and Men’s Studies databases with the coverage of sexual diversity issues, and is very strong in its coverage of health sciences journals as well as other academic journals.

Source: GenderWatch.

GenderWatch includes indexing, abstracts, and full text of scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and reports in many disciplines on topics relevant to gender studies. This database is particularly strong in its coverage of dissertations and non-mainstream magazines and newspapers.

Primary sources and historical documents:

Source: Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs.

The Gerritsen Collection features digital copies of more than 4000 books and pamphlets and complete runs of more than 200 periodicals related to women’s history in general and the movement for women’s rights in particular. It includes materials addressing both the pro-feminist and anti-feminist case, as well as other materials that provide an objective look at the condition of women in a given time of place. Its coverage is international, and extends from the middle of the 15th century to the middle of the 20th century. Each of the books, pamphlets, and periodical titles has its own listing in Falvey’s library catalog.

Source: Digital Transgender Archive.

This free resource provides “an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world” related to transgender history. The project is based at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and is searchable and browsable by map, institution, collection, topic, and genre. The contents of the collection focus on materials created before 2000.

E-Book Collections:

The Duke Gender Studies e-book collection includes “essential titles and field-defining scholarship in queer theory, gay and lesbian studies, transgender studies, feminist theory, and women’s studies.” This collection is comprised of more than 500 titles published between 1990 and the present. Each book is fully downloadable and printable (chapter by chapter), and is accessible by an unlimited number of VU community members at once.


  • Filmakers Library Online
    Filmakers Library offers more than 1700 streaming documentary videos from independent filmakers as well as the Independent Film Channel and other producers. Each film has a searchable transcript and the ability to create clips online. The collection includes 220 films in the “Women’s Studies” category, including films dealing with politics, women’s health, women in sport, family life, religion, immigration, and much more.

Data and statistics:

Statista is a user-friendly data portal offering tables, graphs, reports, and more on over 80,000 topics from more than 18,000 sources. Women- and gender-related data points covered include information on health, employment and career, consumer behavior, women’s portrayal in media, political behavior, demographics, and public opinion.

Source: WomanStats Project.

The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world with qualitative and quantitative information on over 260 indicators of women’s status in 174 countries. To view the data, you first need to create a free account.


For help with your research in Gender and Women’s Studies, please contact the GWS librarian, Susan Turkel.





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