You will find basic information on women's history and women's studies by searching for overview information. Use the library's reference database to get a snapshot about specific women in history, key events from the history of feminism, and other topics.
These sources will help you pick a topic, quickly understand an event or person, and develop keywords to use when searching for scholarly articles, books, and even primary sources.
Best Bets for Background Information
Once you have picked your topic, start looking for journals articles and books to help learn more about your women's studies topic.
Books are a great source for researchers to dig into a topic and get the big picture on an issue. Some nonfiction books have a scholarly focus and some books are more popular histories. Ask a librarian for help if you want guidance on why you might pick one book over another.
Journal articles provide in-depth analysis of a narrow and specific topic. Scholarly articles focus on research done by a researcher that is then vetted by other researchers in their field. Journal articles are key sources for understanding a topic and building your argument.
Best Bets to Find Books and Journal Articles
You will want to cite your sources. The following guides offer detailed help on how to cite books, articles, interviews, primary sources, statistics, and more. You can also use software like Zotero to automatically collect, manage, and auto-generate citations in your paper. Ask a librarian for help if you want more information.
Here are a few related research guides and sources for further research on women's studies and/or local St. Mary's University events.