Research Guides

Women's Studies

An Overview

Women represent roughly half of the global population*, but are often not centered in political or economic discourse, or historically, in any field of academic study. Women's Studies aims to resolve this tension between representation and scholarly inquiry: this guide provides a brief overview of key areas of focus, bibliographic tools, and other ways to delve into gender(ed) aspects of our world.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out directly - contact info for your friendly Women & Gender Studies librarian is on the right-hand side of this page.

* For an excellent breakdown of global demographics, check out Joni Seager's "The Women's Atlas" (2018).


Exploring Research Guides

Other institutions may have useful research guides that can help to refine the various ways to approach your topic. Be advised that not all of the resources on a particular guide may be immediately available - consider using InterLibrary Loan to request print books, book chapters, journal and newspaper articles, and other content.

The Mina Rees Library's LGBTQ Studies guide may be of interest to those studying the intersections of gender and sexuality.

Library of Congress - Gender & Women's Studies

National Archives - Women's Bibliographic Resource List
Transgender Studies Research Guide from University of Texas Libraries

Oregon State - Links to digital archival resources, other open materials.

Women's & Gender Studies Librarian

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Elvis Bakaitis
Mina Rees Library
The Graduate Center
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New York, NY 10016

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