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Women's & Gender Studies

Welcome to the Women's and Gender Studies LibGuide!

Here you'll find a variety of resources on women and gender cluding search tools, books, databases Alverno subscribes to, open access (free for everyone) databases and journals, and websites.

 Books on Women and Gender

Use the tabs to find new library materials related to women and gender or try your own search for items held at Alverno & other SWITCH libraries using the red TOPCAT search box found on the library's webpage or the TOPCAT search box found below.

To find print books held at Alverno & the other SWITCH libraries, go to the library home page and use the red TOPCAT search box or use the TOPCAT search box found below.

Basic Search Tools

Library Catalog (TOPCAT)

ProQuest Ebook Central

Google Scholar



Finding Journal Articles

  • Not sure where to begin? GenderWatch is highly recommended for finding scholarly articles on a wide variety of communication topics.
  • To find an article when you have a citation: Visit the library's webpage and select the Google Scholar link or use the Google Scholar search box above to search the contents of Alverno Library's databases as well as the "free" web. Enter the article title into the Google Scholar search box and look for the full text links on the right side of the page. Not finding what you need? Use TOPCAT, the Citation Linker, or Interlibrary Loan to obtain a copy of your article.

Finding Websites

  • Anybody can and anybody will post anything online. So, how do you find the good stuff? 
  • Try using these criteria (courtesy of Kent State University) to evaluate the quality of websites that you find on your own.
  • Another tip is to use Google's Advanced Search feature which allows you to limit a search by domain. For example, limiting a search to .gov or .edu will only retrieve websites published by government bodies or accredited post secondary educational institutions.