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Boatwright Memorial Library

WGSS 200: Intro to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Skerrett): Searching the Library

Developing a research strategy

When starting your project, it's necessary to think through your research process and formulate a strategy for gathering and examining information from a range of sources:

Find background information & biographical information:

  • How will you identify biographical or general information about your activist ie reference sources?

Find writings by the activist:

  • How will you find significant primary documents written by the activist? This might include a range of things- scholarly articles, manifestos, news articles or pieces in activist publications.
  • Ask why are these documents significant in the activist’s life or the social justice movement they participated in.

Find secondary sources written about the activist and their associated social movements:

  • Who wrote about the activist? Allies? Adversaries? Journalists? What are their varying perspectives? 
  • What did their contemporaries say about them, and how did people contextualize their work decades later? 
  • What were the major issues, critiques, or controversies involved? 
  • What have scholars said in response to the activists’ writings or in response to their activism?  How will you discover and explore this scholarly conversation?

Quick links

  • OneSearch aka the library catalog contains almost ALL of the library's resources- books, media, news sources, scholarly journals, and more.
  • Library databases - collections of all different kinds of news, scholarly articles, images, media and more.
  • Interlibrary loan - is a service to request books, articles, and more from other libraries if we don't have it at UR.
  • Library research guides - guides curated by librarians on every topic and subject from art to science.
  • Google Scholar - a resource outside the library that will show you citations for books and articles which we don't necessarily own, but that you can look for in the library. If you are on campus, you may find links directly to articles in our database

Background, bibliographies, and reference

Archival materials

News Sources

Interdisciplinary databases

WGSS Databases

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