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Subject: Gender & Women's Studies databases

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Gender & Women's Studies titles

  • Alt-PressWatch   

    Alternative press indexing/full-text database that covers journal, magazine and newspaper articles from independent publishers. On the ProQuest platform.

  • AM Explorer: Americana   

    Covers American history, literature and culture. Resources include manuscript and typescript letters, diaries, notebooks, journals, newspapers, plus incredible art works, illustrations, photographs, video and 360-degree objects.

  • American Underworld: The Flash Press   

    19th Century newspaper collection of crime, scandal, and blackmail papers. The Flash Press covered the seamier aspects of urban life in the mid-19th century. Topics covered include prostitution, gambling, urban gangs, illicit sporting activities, and sensational crimes. To many of their readers, the Flash Press also conveyed an implicit threat of blackmail, which often led to very ephemeral print runs. Unlike the “low-life” characters that they covered, the Flash Press journalists were often members of the cities’ wealthy class, and many of them were accomplished writers. Both their articles and their literary efforts are noteworthy examples of 19th-century American satire and humor.

  • Archives Unbound   

    Group of digital collections of historical documents covering a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history. On a Gale platform.

  • Black Women Writers   

    Black Women Writers celebrates the many voices of women from Africa and the African Diaspora. Offering fiction, poetry, and essays from three continents, the database gives an unparalleled view of black women's struggles through time. The database features over 104,729 pages.

  • British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries   

    British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries includes the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters. The collection includes primary materials spanning more than 300 years. Each source has been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies. The collection also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources in the database.

  • Contemporary Women's Issues   

    Multidisciplinary full-text database of content from mainstream periodicals, gray literature, and the alternative press, with a focus on the critical issues and events that influence women's lives in more than 190 countries.

  • Defining Gender   

    Historic full-text archive that reproduces British ephemera, pamphlets, college records and exam papers, books, diaries, periodicals, letters, ledgers, account books, government document from 1450-1910. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • Diversity Studies (Gale OneFile)   

    The Diversity Studies Collection explores cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community. This collection includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals.

  • Ethnic NewsWatch   

    Minorities indexing/full-text database that covers journal, magazine and newspaper articles from ethnic and minority publishers back to 1990. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Gender: Identity and Social Change   

    Primary sources documenting the changing representations and lived experiences of gender roles and relations from the nineteenth century to the present. This expansive collection offers sources for the study of women's suffrage, the feminist movement, the men’s movement, employment, education, the body, the family, and government and politics.

  • GenderWatch   

    Gender studies indexing/full-text database that covers journal, magazine and newsletter articles, books, government documents and reports back to 1970. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Gerritsen Collection   

    Women's studies full-text database that provides books, pamphlets and journal articles from 1542 to 1945. On the Chadwyck-Healey platform.

  • Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period   

    Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period includes more than 80 volumes of poetry by approximately 50 Irish women writing between 1768 and 1842. Compiled and edited by Stephen Behrendt of the University of Nebraska, the database also offers numerous biographical and critical essays prepared by leading scholars specifically for the project. This database contains over 10,886 pages.

  • Latin American Women Writers   

    Searchable database of prose, poetry and drama authored by women in Mexico, Central America, and South America. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • LGBT Life with Full Text   

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender indexing/full-text database that covers journal, magazine and newspaper articles. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • LGBT Magazine Archive   

    A searchable archive of major periodicals devoted to LGBT+ interests, dating from the 1950s through to recent years. On the ProQuest platform.

  • LGBT Studies in Video   

    LGBT Studies in Video is a cinematic survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as well as the cultural and political evolution of the LGBT community. Features award-winning documentaries, interviews, archival footage, and select feature films exploring LGBT history, gay culture and subcultures, civil rights, marriage equality, LGBT families, AIDS, transgender issues, religious perspectives on homosexuality, global comparative experiences, and other topics.

  • LGBT Thought and Culture   

    LGBT Thought and Culture is an online resource hosting books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting LGBT political, social, and cultural movements throughout the twentieth century and into the present day. The collection illuminates the lives of lesbians, gays, transgender, and bisexual individuals and the community with content including selections from The National Archives in Kew, materials collected by activist and publisher Tracy Baim from the mid-1980s through the mid-2000s, the Magnus Hirschfeld and Harry Benjamin collections from the Kinsey Institute, periodicals such as En la Vida and BLACKlines, select rare works from notable LGBT publishers including Alyson Books and Cleis Press, as well as mainstream trade and university publishers.

  • Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries   

    Manuscript Women’s Letters and Diaries from the American Antiquarian Society 1750-1950 brings together 105,000 pages of the personal writings of women of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, displayed as high-quality images of the original manuscripts, extensively indexed and online for the first time. The collection is drawn entirely from the holdings of the American Antiquarian Society. Thousands of letters and diary entries from less well known women vividly document even the smallest details of their lives and shed light on the roles women played within their families, their communities, and the social and political movements of their times. In many cases, we also include the replies, from both men and women, placing the letters in their full context. Additionally, materials such as the letters and diaries of three generations of women within the same family illuminate the lives of the authors, their family history, and the evolution of one group's culture.

  • North American Women's Drama   

    Searchable theatre database that includes scripts, scrapbooks and reference materials. Part of the Alexander Street Drama package. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700   

    Historic full-text archive that reproduces works by British women authors whose work exists only in manuscript format in the 16th to 19th centuries. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • Pickering & Chatto Women's Studies Collection I (Intelex Past Masters)   

    Collection of texts by English women writers of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including Joanna Baillie, Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Elizabeth Gaskell, Eliza Haywood, Elizabeth Inchbald, Caroline Lamb, Harriet Martineau, Florence Nightingale, Mary Robinson, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Smith and Mary Wollstonecraft. On the Intelex Past Masters platform.

  • Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period   

    Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period is a definitive collection organized by Nancy Kushigian of the University of California--Davis and Stephen Behrendt of the University of Nebraska. In addition to 60 volumes of Romantic poetry composed by Scottish women, the database includes extensive contemporary critical reviews and numerous scholarly essays. This database contains over 9,027 pages.

  • Sixties, The: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives   

    Interdisciplinary full-text archives that reproduces diaries, letters, autobiographies, oral histories, government documents, memorabilia and scholarly commentary on the American sixties. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Twentieth Century Advice Literature: North American Guides on Race, Gender, Sex, and the Family   

    Twentieth Century Advice Literature: North American Guides on Race, Gender, Sex, and the Family allows students and researchers to immerse themselves in the values and behaviors of Americans of the past. The collection provides a window into American social history by bringing together the instructional, prescriptive, behavioral, and etiquette literature that defined standards of personal conduct for millions of Americans and reflected the prevailing social mores across the twentieth century. The collection contains fully searchable handbooks, manuals, textbooks, etiquette guides, self-help books, instructional pamphlets, and how-to books that illustrate both how Americans actually behaved and how they felt they ought to behave. The collection currently includes 152,489 pages.

  • Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820   

    Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820 explores prominent themes in world history since 1820: conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices. Includes documents related to the Habsburg Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the British, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and United States Empires, and settler societies in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.

  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000   

    Women and Social Movements in the United States is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. women’s history generally and at the same time make those insights accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools. The collection currently includes 123 document projects and archives with 5,100 documents and more than 170,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by 2,700 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.

  • Women in the National Archives, UK   

    Historic full-text archive that provides a women's studies finding aid to National Archive collections and reproduces documents on women's suffrage in Britain and its colonies. On the Archives Direct/Adam Matthew platform.

  • Women's Magazine Archive   

    This database provides access to the complete archives of magazine titles aimed at a female readership such as Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, and others. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Women's Studies International   

    Major women's studies indexing/full-text database that covers journals, books, theses and other formats back to 1972. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • Women's Wear Daily   

    The Women's Wear Daily Archive allows users to explore trends and influences on the fashion and beauty industry through the years. It contains the full run of past print issues and supplements and will be updated biannually with more recent issues.

  • World Bank Gender Data Portal    UW login not required

    Source for the up-to-date sex-disaggregated data and gender statistics covering demography, education, health, access to economic opportunities, public life and decision-making, and agency.


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