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The MacOdrum Library is located on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation. Use this guide to begin your research and contact Martha Attridge Bufton, who is available for online consultations.
Meet Martha Attridge Bufton in the following video.
Pick a research topic
- Read your syllabus (assignment instructions).
- Pick a topic that interests you and meets the assignment instructions.
- Narrow or broaden the scope of your topic so that it is "doable."
- What's scope? Scope refers to the "people, places and things" or "who, what, when and where" that you are studying. For example, Canada or another country? Children or adults? Education or child protection services?
Identify key concepts
Use this worksheet to write out your research topic and identify key ideas.
Do an initial search for academic sources
- Here are some videos to help you pick the right search engines and sources for your assignment.
- Use the CRAP test to evaluate the quality of online sources.
Reference materials (dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks) can help you find a definition as well as an introductory and simple coverage of a topic. You can find these resources using the library’s search system on the home page.
Try searching using terms such as:
- dictionar* AND feminism
- encyclopedia* AND women
- Handbook AND "women's studies"
Note: When you put the quotation words around two or more words that create a single idea, you can search for materials that contain this phrase rather than for random keywords.
Here’s a sample of what you can find in the library collection:
- Feminist philosophies A-Z
- Historical dictionary of feminism
- Historical dictionary of feminist philosophy
- Encyclopedia of gender and society
- The Oxford encyclopedia of women in world history
- Women and equality in the workplace : A reference handbook
- The women's movement today : An encyclopedia of third-wave feminism
Popular versus academic sources (what's the difference?) and the peer review process
Searching tips: Truncation and phrase searching
Test what you know: Play Sources (or Find that source)!
Use the Women and Gender Studies quick guide for a list of the top five (5) databases.
Other databases with relevant content include:
- American History and Life
- Black Women Writers
- Gender & Work Database
- Women in Politics
- Women Writers Project
Open access journals
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- Open access at Carleton
A sample of recommended peer-review journals in our library collection
- Atlantis: A women's studies journal
- Australian feminist studies
- Berkeley journal of gender, law & justice
- Canadian journal of women and the law
- Canadian woman studies
- Differences: A journal of feminist cultural studies
- European journal of women's studies
- Feminist formations
- Feminist legal studies
- Feminist media studies
- Feminist review
- Feminist theory
- Frontiers : a journal of women studies
- Gender, place and culture : a journal of feminist geography
- Herizons: women's news and feminist views
- International feminist journal of politics
- Jenda : A journal of culture and African women studies
- Journal of interdisciplinary feminist thought
- Journal of international women's studies
- Journal of midwifery & women's health
- Journal of women & aging
- Journal of women's history
- Meridians : feminism, race, transnationalism
- Nashim : A journal of Jewish women's studies & gender issues
- Outskirts : Feminisms along the edge
- Thirdspace : the journal for emerging feminist scholars
- Women : a cultural review
- Women & criminal justice
- Women & environments international magazine
- Women & health
- Women's history review
Some publications are available either only in print or online. Others are available in both formats. Check UlrichsWeb for more information about individual journals.
In the search field on the library home page, use keywords to find books and ebooks (i.e., use your key concepts to search for relevant materials).
The library has a number of ebook collections. These collections include:
- Scholars Portal Books
- Internet Archive
- HathiTrust Digital Library
- eBook Collection (EBSCO)
- Canadian University Press ebooks
- Canadian Publishers Collection
To retrieve these materials with a keyword search in the library main search engine or other databases:
- To find ebooks, use the "available online" and "books" filters in Omni.
- To find journal articles
- Use the "available online" and "articles" filters in Omni
- Use the "linked to full text" filter in other databases.
Watch the two short videos below for instructions on how to use these filters.