Women's and Family Issues Resources

Finding Background Information

Encyclopedias are good sources for finding information and explanations about topics relating to women's and family issues. Below are several specialized titles and one good general encyclopedia. All these books are located are in the Information Commons Reference Room on the 1st floor of the Main Library.

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women's Issues and Knowledge
This is a comprehensive and scholarly encyclopedia about women and women's issues throughout the world.

Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family
This is a scholarly encyclopedia about all aspects of marriage and family, including articles on family types, roles and relationships, reproduction, child rearing, economics, parenting and sociocultural influences.

Handbook of American Women's History
Important events, organizations, and figures in U.S. women's history.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Finding Articles

Indexes are what you use to find articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers. For articles about women's and family issues, the selected indexes below are good places to start:

Academic Search Complete
This is an excellent multi-disciplinary (all subjects) index. It includes articles on almost every topic and from a variety of different magazines and journals, both popular and scholarly. Many of the articles are also full-text. You can use this index to find articles about the social, cultural and historical topics that are important to the authors you are studying.

When doing searches in an online index, choose your keywords carefully and link them with and as a connecting word. Example keyword searches you might do in either index.

matrilineal and family
feminism and United States and history
civil rights and women
women and depression
American Indian and families

You will probably find enough articles for your paper in Academic Search Complete, but just in case, here are several more specialized indexes for topics on women and families:

An index that specializes in women's issues and is mostly full-text

Sociological Abstracts
This is the primary index for the discipline of sociology. It will include articles about the societal, cultural and social group aspects of topics that your authors write about. You will find articles about marriage, family, women's roles and relationships, and many different social, ethnic and racial groups.

Searches in Sociological Abstracts should be limited to journal articles. There is a limit by document search option that you can choose.

Finding Books

The library catalog is what you use to find books on topics related to women's and family issues. The following are just a few of the subject searches that you might find useful for these topics

communication in the family marriage
divorce mothers and daughters
family [country name]
for ex. family United States
sex roles United States History
family in literature single mothers
family size surrogate mothers
feminism and literature United States women
feminism and United States women in literature
  women mental health
Grandmothers women United States History
  Women United States Attitudes
Indian Women Women United States Economic Conditions
  Women United States Social Conditions

If you want to learn more about using the library's online catalog, you can do the following self-paced activity on the How to Use the Catalog

Selected Websites

Women's Studies Subject Guide
A wonderful guide to the UA library and excellent web resources for Women's studies.

Alan Guttmacher Institute
Presents a wealth of statistical data and articles on reproductive issues, sexual behavior, family formation, law & public policy, and related socioeconomic issues.

National Survey of America's Families
Presents the results from the 2002, 1999, and 1997 surveys of the economic, health, and social characteristics of children, adults under the age of 65, and their families. NSAF data collection was conducted for the Urban Institute and Child Trends by Westat, a nationally renowned survey research firm.

UNIFEM United Nations Development Fund for Women

Women's Studies- Films and Videos
A listing of films and videos relating to women's studies in the UA collection. Includes descriptive information. (Also check the library catalog for recent additions to our collection.)

If You Need Help With Your Research

Ask A Librarian, come to the Main Library Information Commons Desk or call the desk, 621-6442, or contact Yvonne Mery

Last modified: January 9, 2015