Major Research Tools

LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940

Archive of primary sources on the LGBTQ community, including historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ individuals, publications by and for lesbians and gays, and extensive coverage of governmental responses to the AIDS crisis. Documents span from 1940 to 2014, with the bulk from 1950 to 1990.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History

Full-Text, Reference

Reference work that attempts to cover the role women have played throughout world history. Includes entries on the role and status of women in various countries as well as articles on social and cultural phenomena.

Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies

Full-Text, Reference

Reference source covering gender, feminist, queer, masculinity, and sexuality studies.

Women's Issues and Identities

Archive of primary sources documenting movements for women's rights throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century, including movements for suffrage and reproductive rights.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Abortion Policies and Reproductive Health around the World


United Nations report with information on changes in legal grounds for abortion between 1996 and 2013.

African American Women Writers of the 19th century


A collection of 52 works providing "access to the thought, perspectives and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior to 1920." A project from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Digital Schomburg of the New York Public Library.

Alan Guttmacher Institute

Data, Full-Text

Data and research reports on sexual and reproductive health issues, including abortion.

Center for American Women and Politics

Data, Full-Text

News, data, and research reports on women in politics from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.

Discovering American Women's History Online


Gateway to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

Coverage: 1994-present

Index of journal articles, book reviews, and essays about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. Covers Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Provided by The University of Iowa Libraries.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Encyclopedia - Archive

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia of GLBT art, literature, film, music, and popular culture. The encyclopedia was closed and archived in 2015.

Gender Data Portal


A database of international gender statistics. From the World Bank.

Herstories: Audio/Visual Collections

Samplings of oral histories collected by the Lesbian Herstory Archive, which seeks to preserve materials by and about lesbians and their communities.

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective


Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia covering the history of Jewish women. Includes thematic essays (e.g., abortion, Hadassah) as well as biographical entries.

Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present


Textbase for researching major figures and time periods in British women's fiction. The collection contains profiles of authors' lives, career chronologies, and in-depth bibliographies (but NOT full text of individual works of literature).

SocINDEX with Full Text


Coverage: 1908-present.

Indexes journal articles, books, and conference papers in sociology. Includes a substantial amount of full text

Suffragists Oral History Project


Collection of oral histories documenting the activities of leaders and participants in the women's suffrage movement in the United States. From the University of California, Berkeley.


Full-Text, Gateway

Resources, including laws and research, on domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of violence against women.


Publication coverage: 1975-present

Index of articles on women's history from journals covering history and women's studies. Emphasis on social history, particularly labor history. From the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.

WGSSLINKS: Women and Gender Studies Web Sites


Gateway to women's and gender studies information on the web. From the Association of College and Research Libraries' Women's Studies Section.

Women in Politics: Bibliographic Database


Index of books and articles on women's participation in political life. Produced by the IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union).

Women Working, 1800-1930


Digitized books, manuscripts, images, magazines, and catalogs from Harvard University libraries and museums on women in the U.S. economy from 1800-1930.

Women Writers Online


Full-text editions of texts by English and American women published between 1400 and 1850. From Northeastern University.

Women's Human Rights Resources

Gateway, Index

Covers international law as it relates to women's rights and women's issues. Includes references to scholarly articles, United Nations publications, reports from non-governmental organizations, and legal cases, plus annotated links to other web sites. From the law library at the University of Toronto.



Gateway to reports and statistics on gender equality and gender issues from the United Nations.