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Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

General guide for library research in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

Research Help for Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies


This guide highlights library resources that support research and teaching in the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department. For help with research strategies, general library questions, and resource selection, please contact Isabel Espinal, Maria Rios, or Anne Moore, Librarians for WGSS Department.

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Duke University Press Gender Studies E-Book Collection

Almost 600 ebooks. Includes essential titles and field-defining scholarship in queer theory, gay and lesbian studies, transgender studies, feminist theory, and women's studies.

Getting Started: need a few articles?

To find articles for your Women, Gender Sexuality Studies research projects, start with the following research databases:


Finding Books

To find books at UMass, you have two options.

1. Start with the Discovery Search, the general search box on the library home page,  


This search gives you access to books and articles and more.


2. Or, use the Five Colleges Library Catalog.


This catalog lets you search in some very specifc ways, for example, by Library of Congress Subject Heading. Be as specific as possible in your searching. Start with a subject search (use keyword if subject yields no results). Search by author, title, subject, keyword, call number, journal title, etc. For materials on a specific subject, enter your term(s) into the Subject or Keyword search boxes.

Sample searches:

To find books outside the five colleges, try

1. WorldCat - The combined catalogs of most U.S. libraries. Material not owned by UMass Amherst can usually be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.


2. Commonwealth Catalog -  Discover and request (with a UMass Amherst Libraries barcode) popular books, audio books, movies and more from a wide array of Massachusetts public and smaller academic libraries.

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Organize your research

Use a citation manager, such as RefWorks or Zotero to keep track of your research.

Put all your references in one place, create quick and easy bibliographies, build your knowledgebase for the rest of your career. For help, check out the online guides and webinars or Ask a Librarian.



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