Women's and Gender Studies for graduate students

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The MacOdrum Library is located on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation. This guide is designed for graduate students in the Pauline Jewett Institute for Women's and Gender Studies.

Borrowing materials from the Carleton University Library

Academic support

Thesis & dissertation writing guides

Literature review writing guides

Finding academic literature

Watch this video on finding journal articles, books, ebooks and more using the search engine on the library home page.

Women's and Gender Studies professors recommend the following journals:

Here are key journals having to do with the discipline of Women's Studies.  For other gender-based journal titles, please see the Gender Studies subject guide.

Note:  Some are available only in print; others are available in print and electronic format. Check UlrichsWeb for information about individual journals. Ulrichsweb is a source of bibliographic and access information for over 300,000 serials.

Find grey literature

Grey literature is an important source of information in arts and social science research that:

  • adds a valuable global perspective
  • provides detailed overviews on specific populations
  • may be only source of local information

Grey literature is defined as "information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing" ie. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body."  ICGL Luxembourg definition, 1997. Expanded in New York, 2004

Types of grey literature

  • Government information
  • Dissertations and theses
  • Conference proceedings
  • Newspapers and magazines

Library resources


Citation management and reference rot

Find data by consulting our research guide and contacting Jane Fry, our data librarian.

Research data management

  • Consider depositing your data in Dataverse.

Research ethics at Carleton University

The library offers workshops on using NVivo (a qualitative analysis software) in general and for literature reviews in particular.

CURVE is Carleton's institutional repository.

This repository collects, preserves and provides open access to the academic, research output and creative works of Carleton faculty and scholars. 

Use CURVE to:

  • Identify a topic of study
  • Find out what subjects have been studied in your (or other fields) of study
  • Identify and access theses and/or dissertations to read
  • Identify and access theses and/or dissertations with which you supervisor has been involved 

Writing process

Open Access

Predatory publishers 

Graduate Student Open Access Award

$1000 award encourages Carleton graduate students to make their work more widely available on the internet by publishing research in open access journals.


What is an ORCID and do I need one?

ORCID is a digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, and automated links between you and your professional activities.

Journal rankings

Citation-based metrics used for ranking journals. This may be important for:

  • preparing your portfolio
  • assessing the impact and quality of a journal relative to a particular discipline or field
  • tenure and promotion in academic circles

Consult the Journal Rankings Help Guide for more information


Thesis Guidelines @ Carleton University

Content last reviewed: September 30, 2018