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Women's Studies

Solving Research Roadblocks

RESEARCH ROADBLOCK

SOLUTION


TOO MANY RESULTS

 

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Check subject words in the best article(s) and use them in a new search or try subject searching with a thesaurus

Add a new concept that is part of  the topic. Use the "AND".

Search terms in an index (title, subject, or abstract).

Ensure phrases are searched together. Use quotations or brackets.

Force terms to be within a certain distance (bicycle 2/Near helmet) to get more relevant content. Proximity searching

Try a discipline specific database.

Try limiters (publication date, peer reviewed)

 
TOO FEW RESULTS

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Check Spelling.

String synonyms together with an "OR"
(Math OR Mathematics OR Calculation).

Truncate to get many variations of a word
(diabet* for diabetic, diabetes etc).

Try a multidiscliplinary database like Search it all.

Is the topic academic or is information more likely to be found in news or government publications.

 Broaden your search from a keyword in title to a keyword in abstract, for example.

 

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Using Boolean Operators

Tips on Finding Books in the Library

Looking for books about Women's Studies?

Below are a series of call number ranges you can browse. Most of these books are available on the 3rd Floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library:

Call Numbers

HQ74-77                          
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender)

HQ1101-2030.7                
Women.  Feminism

 

Use these subject headings to help you find books on your topic:

Women’s Studies

Feminism

Narrower Terms:

Ecofeminism

Feminist theory

Feminist therapy

Feminists

Lesbian feminism

Psychoanalysis and feminism

Sex discrimination against women.

Women--History.

Women--Legal status, laws, etc.

Women--Social conditions.