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Gender & Women's Studies: Reference Materials

Encyclopedias, Handbooks and Dictionaries

With any research project, finding background information on your topic can help you narrow your focus and develop a research question or thesis statement. Encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries provide access to a wide array of topics and introduce you to important terms that may be useful when searching for books and journal articles.

Women's Studies reach across disciplines. However, you can locate general reference materials geared toward Women's Studies in the catalog by adding the source type, such as encyclopedia, to a SUBJECT KEYWORD search, like this: women encyclopedias or women handbooks or women dictionaries.

Try this approach to searching by using the URI Libraries Search box on this page.  As always, it is recommended that you utilize the Advanced Search option.

Below is a selection of some of our reference titles, organized by broad sub-topics. However, it is by no means comprehensive. The above examples may also lead you to titles in our circulating collection. Give it a try! 

Feminist Theory and Philosophy

Gender and Society

Women Throughout History

Women and Politics

Global Women's Issues

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