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Peer Reviewed Journals (Expert Opinions and Research):
Academic Video Online. Online streaming video on many academic topics.
America: History and Life. Articles and book reviews on United States and Canadian gender studies and women's history.
American History in Video. Newsreels, archival footage and important documentaries about gender roles and women.
American Song. Songs by and about children, cowboys, immigrants, Native Americans, pioneers, slaves and others. Songs about politics and civil rights, war and peace.
Chicago Tribune. Articles from 1985 to the present. For articles from 1849 to 1984, use Chicago Tribune historical files.
Ethnic NewsWatch. Articles from ethnic and alternative Journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Films on Demand. Streaming videos in all topic areas, searchable by subject, title, or special collection.
GPO. A listing (no full text) of all types of United States government documents, including congressional reports, hearings, debates, records, judiciary materials and documents issued by executive departments.
HarpWeek. Articles from the 19th-century illustrated newspaper Harper's Weekly (1857–1912).
JSTOR. Articles from scholarly journals in the arts and sciences, sometimes going back to the first issues. The Library subscribes to the Arts and Sciences I–X and Life Sciences collections.
Military & Government Collection. Articles on military-related journals and general-interest magazines.
The New York Times historical files. Articles from 1851 to 2008. For articles after 2008, use Lexis-Nexis.
Philosopher's Index. Articles and books in philosophy and related fields.
Project Muse. Articles from journals in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Sage Premier. Articles from journals in business, health, and social sciences.
Selective list of gender and women's studies associations, learned societies, or professional organizations.
Library collections or archives related to gender and women's studies.
Portals/Gateways to Information Resources:
- Making of America Collection of 10,182 journal issues and 2457 books published from approximately 1850-1877. Browsable list of subject terms include: women's rights, women in literature and arts, and women's suffrage.
- American Memory Historical Collections: Library of Congress
- Provides a gateway to primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections. Users can search a category for "Women's History".
- American Women's History Timeline
- Provides two approaches for the study of specific time periods in American women's history. Each section includes a timeline that links specific events, with highly relevant online sources, followed by a guide to research sources.
- Celebration of Women Writers
- Online access to rare, out-of-print texts from a wide range of women authors. The database is searchable by dates, country, ethnicity or author.
- French Women Writers
- "The ARTFL French Women Writers Project is a searchable database containing works by French women authors from the 16th to the 19th century."
- National Archives and Records Administration: Women's History
- A guide to researching women's history through the United States National Archives. Subjects include African-American women, families and children, suffrage, temperance, women in the military, and other subject areas related to women's history.
- National Women's History Museum
- Offers a number of special exhibits on women's history, Women's Suffrage, Women's History, Women in World War II, Women in the Progressive Era, etc.
- Women Working (1870-1930)
- This collection features approximately 500,000 digitized pages and images including 7,500 pages of manuscripts, 3,500 books and pamphlets and 1,200 photographs in Harvard's University Library. Focus on women's historical role in the U.S. economy.
- Women Writers Project
- This Brown University project features databases of texts by women writers from 1400-1850 and can be searched by title, author, date, publisher, and keyword.
- Women's International League for Peace and Freecom
- A collection of images of leaders, events, and group photos (1915-1999) of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Created by archivist Anne Yoder, Swarthmore College Peace Collection.
- National Women's Health Information Center
- The NWHIC provides a gateway to Federal and other women's health information resources. Users can link to, read and download a wide variety of women's health-related material developed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Women Make Movies
- "Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women." Includes online catalog of titles.
- About Face
- A San Fransisco-based nonprofit group combating negative and distorted images of women in the media. Website provides a list of media organizations which harm women and media groups which work toward the empowerment of women.
- GenderTalk.com: Web Radio & Transgender Resources
- "GenderTalk is the leading worldwide weekly radio program that talks about transgenderism in the first person. Each week we present news, information, and exciting new voices that challenge our traditional view of gender."
- Women's Studies Digital Archives
- Members of the Women's Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (American Library Association) have gathered a list of primary source material of interest to women's studies scholars within select digital archives.
- Women's Travel Diaries -- an extensive digital repository of women's travel diaries, courtesy of Duke University Libraries. This collection, culled from the university's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library features diaries authored by British and American women during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Many of these diaries were penned by missionaries, providing insight into the the daily experiences and perspectives of women who participated in missionary work places around the world - including the continent of Africa and the countries of India and China.
AFL-CIO: Working Women
Statistics on salaries and pay equity from the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations.
AFSCME LaborLinks: Women's Labor History
Includes annotated links to information on: the history of women in the labor movement, general women's labor history resources, labor song lyrics, biographies of women leaders, and histories of women in particular labor organizations.
Gender Info 2010
Global database of gender statistics and indicators on a wide range of policy areas: population, families, health, education, work, and political participation. Gender Info 2007 is produced by UN Statistics Division, UNICEF, and the UN Population Fund.
GenderNet (World Bank)
"This site describes how the Bank seeks to reduce gender disparities and enhance women's participation in economic development through its programs and projects." Provides gender statistics and provides forums on gender and development.
Resources provide a compilation of data on key gender topics from national statistics agencies, United Nations databases, and World Bank-conducted or funded surveys.
Office of Violence Againist Women
Established in 1995, the OVW handles the U.S. Department of Justice's legal and policy issues regarding violence againist women.
Online Women's Business Center
Information available on this site include statistics and facts, as well as articles on women in business.
UNESCO Gender Mainstreaming Statistics and Indicators
Indicators are used to measure and monitor the achievement of expected results and targets and help establish the “success” of development. They also help management and policy-makers make informed decisions.
USAID: Gender Equality & Women's Empowerment
The Office of Women in Development plays an important role for USAID as the central point of technical leadership and expertise on gender issues in social, economic and political development.
Women Watch: Information and Resources on Gender Equity and The Empowerment of Women
Includes UN information collected on women and health, violence against women, women and armed conflict, rural women, AIDS/HIV, trafficking of women, statistics and indicators on women and more.