choosing your topic and research question
- Picking a topic (video: 6:09)
Choose a topic that is interesting to you and relevant to the course. Locate reputable sources of background information
- specialized encyclopedias
- print/online quick academic sources on gender, popular culture, graphic novels, etc.
- research companions and handbooks
- print/online detailed academic sources on gender, popular culture, graphic novels, etc.
- Oxford Bibliographies
- bibliographies created by academics. Search for a bibliography on your topic, e.g., feminism, gay, etc.
Once you have your topic, you'll need to develop a thesis statement. It helps to think about what your research question will be, too. While your research question may not actually appear in your paper, brainstorming a question to explore and answer can help direct your inquiry.
locating scholarly sources
Locate items you identified in bibliographies. Locate additional academic sources (books and articles) in an appropriate library research tool.
- How can I tell if my source is scholarly? (video: 5:31)
- Primo contains both books and articles. It can be more efficient to focus on the books in Primo, and then use a subject database (below) to search for academic articles.
- Primo contains the ebook titles, but you can also search across the full text of our ebooks by searching through an ebook interface
- graphic novels
- print/online graphic novels in our collection)
- If you identify a book in bibliography but determine our library does not own it, you can search for it in WorldCat (and also find similar books), and see which other libraries own it. Or you can simply request the item via Interlibrary loan.
- The library subscribes to hundreds of databases that index journal articles. While you can find articles using Primo, searching a subject specific database can narrow down the results. Some databases you may find helpful for this course
other formats of research materials
- streaming music sources
- news articles
- the library subscribes to thousands of news sources
- primary sources
- e.g., Vogue Archive
- e.g., Filmmakers Library, Films on Demand
citing your sources
- Choose your style
- keep your eye out for already formed citations in our databases
Libraries and organizations have created collections of digital (or digitized) collections. The Library subscribes to some collections (designated with $), while other collections are available for free. Some selected examples include:
- Click! The Ongoing Feminist Revolution
- $ Defining Gender, 1450-1910
- Herstories Audio/Visual Collections
- Independent Voices - alternative press material
- $ Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975
- $ Women and Social Movements, 1950 - present
- TV News Archive (Internet Archive)
- VOS: Gender and Sexuality Studies (an academic metasite)
- Women Who Rock Oral History Archive