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WGS 101: Women,Gender, and Sexuality: Finding Books

Reference Books

Why Use Reference Books?

  • Reference material is a great place to find background information and place your topic in a larger context
  • Provides access to the specific vocabulary which serves as keywords for searching
  • Often contains bibliographies which point to key resources and experts to consult

The Routledge critical dictionary of feminism and postfeminism / edited by Sarah Gamble
HQ1115 .R68 2000

Historical dictionary of feminism / Janet K. Boles, Diane Long Hoeveler
HQ1115 .B65 2004

Ref. HQ1115 .W644 2006
A dictionary of critical theory / Ian Buchanan
B809.3  .B83 2010

Books: a step-by-step guide

Books: A Step-by-Step Guide

1.) Library OneSearch

  • Search by Keyword (use boolean logic)
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • Browse the shelves by Call Number


2.) Finding e-Books in K Library Collections

3.) MeLCat

  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • About MeLCat

4.) Western Michigan's Library (duplicated in MeLCat, but if you want your materials faster, just walk to WMU!)

5.) Interlibrary Loan

  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • Order item through ILLiad - Interlibrary Loan

Using Subject Headings

Search by Keyword and look for Subject Headings in individual records.
To modify a search:

  • Use words from the Subject Heading in a Keyword search
  • Click on the Subject Heading itself

Examples of Subject Headings:

Feminism -- History

Women -- Social conditions -- 21st century


Muslim women -- Social conditions

Mexican American women -- Social life and customs

Critical theory

Subject Guide

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