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WGS 700: Feminist Issues and Scholarship

This guide is designed to support the scholarship of students in Women and Gender Studies 700 in Fall of 2021.

How-tos for Graduate-level Research

Before you begin your search for scholarly literature, it's important to organize the ideas and questions you have related to your research. Watch the video and review the concept mapping diagram below for suggestions on how to get started.

Part of research is identifying where and how your ideas and knowledge fit in the broader scholarly conversation happening around a topic. One way academic develop disciplinary literacy and contextualize their work is to conduct a literature review. Watch the video embedded below: Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students, then continue on to the next tab.

Databases use controlled vocabularies to describe articles. Controlled vocabularies prioritize certain ways of describing information, making it easier to organize and find that information. However, the subject terms used by databases may not be the first terms that come to mind when you brainstorm on your subject of inquiry. Use your search results to learn how a database describes your topic.

Sometimes searches yield great results...without full text sources. This video below demonstrates how to find sources that are only available in abstract.