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WGS 101 (Okin): Introduction to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Home


You need to research a global issue related to women's, gender or sexuality studies, finding at least 8 sources.  Two sources need to be books, and 4 sources need to be scholarly journal articles. 

You also need to identify agencies or organizations that are working to help with the topic you are researching.

This guide will provide tools to help locate those sources.

Finding Books

Here are a couple of titles I found:

And here are some subject searches in the URSUS Catalog you can browse:

Finding Scholarly Articles

There are a number of places to search for scholarly journal articles, and your topic will influence what tool you use.  Here are three library databases that might be helpful.  In each, you have the option to choose Advanced Search, which allows you to combine topics in your search (i.e. maternity NOT United States)

Google Scholar may also be a possibility, but use it very carefully.  We lose the ability to have edited, verified collections with this product.  To get the most full text, go to the Menu bar in the upper left, click on Settings, then click on Library Links. Choose University of Maine - Full Text.

Getting Access to Full Text

Many articles will be available in the databases with files you can download.  However, sometimes you will need to click a link that says "LInk to external site" or "Check 360 link for full text."

This process will check Fogler Library's subscriptions for access to the article.

If we do not have access, you can then use our free Interlibrary Loan service to request the article.  Generally, you will see a link that will take you to the ILLiad service, but you can also access it here.

The first time you use the ILLiad service you will need to create your free account.  It generally takes only a couple of days to receive the article.

Citation Formats

You will need to have formal citations for your sources.  The library tools listed here will have ways to grab citations in your format of choice, but they are not always 100% correct.  To double check, or to format sources you find other ways, go to Citation Help to find the correct citation formats.

Finding Organizations

Searching Google will be a good way to identify organizations/agencies working to address the topic you are researching.

A couple of helpful tips for your searching are to use quotes around phrases ("sex trafficking") and to combine search terms with AND or OR (in caps).  Another important tip is to search only for non-profit organizations (, or government sites (

There are many more hacks you can find here.

Other Kinds of Information Sources

You can use other kinds of information sources, as long as you meet the stated criteria.  Searching Google makes sense, but be careful about verifying what you find.  Make sure to find out who created the information, and for what purpose, before you use it.

Below find links to search verified sources for news, statistics, and documentaries.


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Nancy Lewis
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