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Gender

Read our subject guide to find the best resources for your studies.

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Heather Dawson

Academic Support Librarian

Find books and journals in the Library, search for articles online, learn about the best online resources and websites for your area and get help with using our resources and services.

Use the list of contents to skip to the relevant area of this guide. 

If you need any help you can get in touch with your librarian for advice or to arrange a consultation. 

Books

Journals

News and policy

Specialist resources

 

Books

Learn the location of relevant collections and useful resources for your studies.  

Gender Studies collections

Some key classmarks and locations for Gender Studies students are:

  • Sociology: HM-HX (2nd floor)
  • Women's studies: HQ (2nd floor)

There are many other books in the Library which will be useful for your research relating to the economics, politics and social relations of men and women. To locate these enter keywords in Library Search.

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Specialist dictionaries and encyclopedia

Useful for quickly checking definitions, summaries of theories and thinkers.

Key titles for gender studies include: 

  

Journals

How to find journals and some of the key journal databases to use. 

Finding journal articles

Most of the time you should be able to find and access the articles you need through Library Search. However, we also provide access to powerful databases that can help you discover articles that are not available through Library Search, or even search engines like Google.

Use these tools to discover journal articles to further support your research. When we don't provide access to the full text of the articles you need you can request them through Interlending services

Top social science databases

  • Web Of Science - provides access to articles covering all aspects of the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
  • Scopus  - covers a wide range of science and social science subject areas including gender studies, women’s studies and LGBT issues. 
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) - includes over 3 million bibliographic references dating back to 1951. 

Specialist Gender Studies databases

These databases focus more narrowly on specialist subject areas. They can be used to supplement the general social science resources listed above.

 

News and policy

Newspapers

Many newspaper websites offer free access. We provide you with additional access to searchable back files via the following subscription services:

  • Nexis  - contains the full text of a large number of UK and foreign newspapers from 1980 onwards. Updated daily.
  • Factiva  - has extensive English language and foreign coverage content. Emphasis upon business and trade news.
  • FT.com  - register with your LSE credentials and benefit from our institutional access.

Historical newspapers

Foreign newspapers

Recent editions of foreign newspapers can be located via Nexis and Factiva.

Other specialist databases include:

  • Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press - abstracts of newspaper stories translated from approximately 2001 onwards.
  • Mideastwire.com  - access to English translations and summaries of news stories appearing in the media of over 20 Arab countries, Iran and the Arab Diaspora.
  • Eastview Russian Databases  - access over 30 of the most influential Russian newspapers of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and 80 regional newspapers, Russian Duma Publications for parliamentary news and analysis, and the Universal Database of Statistical Publications.

Policy and legislation

Gender studies research often involves the consultation of government policy. Most departments have  websites where you can find the latest press releases, reports, regulations and statistical data. Some UK examples:

Intergovernmental organisations

Many international organisations' websites provide access to reports, regulations and statistics.

Audiovisual material

  • Box of Broadcasts (UK Access only)  - a streaming TV service. Access TV and radio programmes from over 60 channels. Includes BBC TV and radio plus 10 foreign language channels. Content is from 2007 onwards. Transcripts are available for TV and radio news programmes. You can also search for TV Listings using the TRILT database.

 

Specialist resources

Find out about archives and special collections, theses, data and current research. 

Archives and special collections

There are also a number of digital collections:

Theses

  • Dissertations & Theses Global - an online database containing the full text of thousands of PhD from universities worldwide. It includes references to all UK and Irish doctoral theses produced since 1715 with full text content where available. If an item you need is not available online you can place a request for it through Interlending services
  • LSE Theses Online - contains many full text LSE PhD theses. Older items that are not available online are available in the Library.

Data collections

Country data

We provide access to a number of  general databases that contain country level economic and politics data that will be of value to researchers.

Gender data

An increasing number of international organisations are offering free access to their statistics online.

Current research

  •  Zetoc - use this service to set up alerts and receive tables of contents from your favourite journals. 
  • LSE Research Online - check for recent research from your academic department.  

 

Contact your librarian for further guidance and support. You can find their details on the Academic Support Librarian web page.