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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Finding Academic Articles

A guide to online and print resources for research in women's, gender, and sexuality studies.

Accessing Databases

Many of these databases are available only to members of the Northeastern community. You may be asked to log in with your MyNortheastern username and password in order to access them.

Key Resources

  • Genderwatch: Full articles from women's studies magazines and newsletters (including some that are hard to find in print), as well as some scholarly journals, going back to the 1970's.

  • Academic OneFile: Newspaper, magazine, and academic peer-reviewed articles from many leading publications and reference sources. Includes the New York Times from 1995 to present. 

  • Nexis Uni: Up-to-date news, business and legal information.

  • Academic Search Complete: Newspaper, magazine, and academic peer-reviewed articles.

  • Ethnic NewsWatch: Interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.

  • Web of Science: Despite its name, Web of Science does index materials in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Cited Reference Searching allows you to track prior research, see who is citing your work, measure the influence of someone's work, and navigate forward, backward and through the literature of your discipline. Covers 1975-present.

Primary and Historical Sources

  • Women's Rights Collections 1880-1990 in ProQuest History Vault: Primary source materials that tell the story of the women and voting rights and reproductive rights at national, regional and local levels.

  • North American Women's Letters and DiariesA full-text primary source database that includes the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters.

  • Women Writers Online: Women Writers Online is a full-text collection of early women’s writing in English, published by the Women Writers Project at Northeastern University. It includes full transcriptions of texts published between 1526 and 1850, focusing on materials that are rare or inaccessible.

  • American Periodicals: Digitized images of the pages of 1000 American magazines and journals published between 1741 and 1805. Titles include Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine, the first American professional journals, and several consumer magazines still in publication, such as Vanity Fair, Harper's Magazine, and Ladies' Home Journal.

  • Women Working, 1800-1930Digital exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression.  Women Working is part of the Harvard University Library Open Collections Program.

More Places to Look

  • Biography in Context: Biographies with related full-text articles from hundreds of magazines and newspapers. Search for people by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text.
  • Criminal Justice: Articles from national and international journals on criminal justice, criminology, law enforcement, family law, rehabilitation and corrections administration.
  • SAGE Journals: Articles in journals published by SAGE.
  • JSTORDigital archive of academic journals and other scholarly content. Most journals include extended historic backfiles and not current issues.
  • Project Muse: Articles from journals in the humanities, including religion, literature, philosophy, cultural studies, women's studies, film and the arts.
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences CollectionA select collection of full-text articles in psychology from chiefly peer-reviewed journals.
  • Humanities International CompleteFull text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources, including all data from Humanities International Index (over 2,000 titles and 2 million records) plus unique full text content.
  • Communications and Mass Media CompleteScholarship in areas related to communication and mass media, including new media, rhetoric, film, broadcasting, and more.
  • International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: This encyclopedia covers the history of protest and revolution over the past 500 years through the modern era of mass movements. Updated annually.
  • See all databases available to the current NU community.

Don't See What You Need?

If Northeastern does not own the book, article, journal or other material you're looking for, you can request a copy for free through InterLibrary Loan.

If you think we should own a book, article, journal or other material, you can Recommend a Purchase. The subject librarian will review your recommendation. Please note that Snell Library is generally not in a position to purchase textbooks.