Monday, March 9, 2015

Databases About Women, Women's Issues & Women's Studies

GenderWatch is a full-text collection devoted to women and gender 
issues spanning the time period 1970 to the present.  It is one of six exten-
sive databases focused on women, women's issues and women's studies 
which are accessible through the TWU Libraries to all current TWU stu-
dents and faculty and staff members.  Image courtesy of GenderWatch. 
March is National Women’s History Month.  In conjunction with this annual celebration of the history and achievements of American women, notable and not, the TWU Libraries present six extensive online resources focused on women, women's issues and women's studies.  Access them--and the rest of the libraries' 200+ databases--from the TWU Libraries homepage under Research/Databases A-Z List. 

GenderWatch is a full-text collection 
devoted to women and gender issues, from 1970 to the present.  It is a repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women's movement, men's studies, the transgendered community and the changes in gender roles over the years.  Topics include sexuality, religion, societal roles, feminism, masculinity, eating disorders, healthcare, family, ethnicity and the workplace.

The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs is the definitive cross-cultural resource for information on women's history.  It spans more than four centuries and 15 languages, and includes over two million full-image pages as they appeared in the original printed works. With over 4,500 sources, 265 journal titles and much more, the Gerritsen Collection has become the greatest single source for the study of women's history in the world
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 is organized around the history of women in U.S. social movements and includes book, film and website reviews; notes from the archives; teaching tools; a dictionary of social movement organizations; a chronology of U.S. Women’s History; and news articles.  Topics include civil liberties, suffrage, labor, anti-slavery and more.  Includes the databases formerly known as Women and Social Movements and Publications on the Status of Women.

Women And The World  In the late 1800s, Dutch physician Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen
began collecting books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and the
movement for women's rights.  
The Gerritsen Collection has since become the greatest single source for the
study of women's history on the planet.  The Gerritsen Collection
Women and Social Movements, International--1840 to Present is a landmark collection of primary materials. Through the writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made, this collection depicts women’s social movements which shaped many of the events and attitudes which ultimately defined modern life.  

Women's Studies provides access to over 500 films on gender, feminism, women’s history, media studies and politics--and covers topics in social justice, gender/sexual identity, gay and lesbian studies, culture and society.  Global in scope, this collection includes valuable information in the areas of politics, history, psychology, law, performance studies, literature, philosophy and sociology.

Women's Studies International includes coverage of more than 940,000 records spanning the years 1972 to the present, and contains the database files Women Studies Abstracts; Women's Studies Bibliography Database; Women's Studies Database; Women Studies Librarian; Women of Color and Southern Women: A Bibliography of Social Science Research; and Women's Health and Development: An Annotated Bibliography.  

For assistance with these databases or other research matters concerning women, women's issues or women's studies, please contact Reference Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris (the TWU Libraries' Women's Studies Subject Librarian; she can be reached at or 940-898-3740.)  Jimmie Lyn also conducts group library instruction sessions, on request, in the field of women's studies.

~Sandy Cochran and Jimmie Lyn Harris

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