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Women's Studies: Articles and Databases

Use this guide as a starting point for research in Women's Studies.

What's New? / Women's Studies Archive

NEW Resource!

Women's Studies Archive features nearly 1 million pages from primary source documents on the history of women throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Click here for additional information.



JSTOR does not use subject headings, but you can limit your search to journals covering Feminist & Women's Studies.  

From the JSTOR homescreen, choose Advanced Search, then scroll down to the "Narrow by Discipline" section, and check the box marked "Feminist & Women's Studies." This will limit your search to over 40 journals included in JSTOR on the topic of Feminist & Women's Studies.

Other Databases

These databases contain content on topics related to Women's Studies. Enter your PLNU username and password when prompted.

Subject Terms

Many of our databses use subject terms to label documents. Subject terms function like a hashtag and are used to describe each document within a database. The Library of Congress provides a foundational list of subject terms, though many databases add additional, more discipline-specific subject terms to their indexes.  

Though not an exhaustive list, the subject terms below relate to Women's Studies. You can copy and paste these into a database search window or click on the hyperlinked subject headings as you come across them in the databases you search. See a list of the databases to which we subscribe here.

Example from an EBSCO database search. Notice that the subject terms are hyperlinked:

Subject Terms

Library of Congress

Birth control OR Contraception

Body image OR Body image in women


Feminism -- History -- 20th century

Feminism -- History -- 21st century

Feminism -- Religious aspects – Christianity

Feminism -- Religious aspects – Islam

Feminism -- Religious aspects – Judaism

Feminism -- Social aspects

Feminism & literature (see also Literature--Women authors and  Feminism in literature)

Feminist literary criticism

Feminist psychology

Feminism & higher education

Feminist ethics

Feminist Psychology

Feminist theory

First-wave feminism

Gender expression

Gender Identity

Gender studies

Human trafficking

Intimate partner violence



Reproductive health

Second wave feminism


Sex discrimination against women

Sex discrimination in employment

Sex role (instead of “gender role”)


Sexual harassment

Sexual Orientation

Stereotyped behavior (Psychiatry)

Socialist feminism

Social norms

Third-wave feminism

Womanism (feminism related to women of color)

Women authors

Women athletes

Women college students

Women in advertising

Women novelists

Women poets

Women--Political activity

Women’s health services

Women’s rights

Women -- Social conditions

Women's studies


Young women


EBSCO Databases (Including Academic Search Premier and OmniFile Full Text, among many others)

Liberal feminism

Black feminism

Feminism & religion

Feminism & sports

Gender inequality

Radical feminism

Woman empowerment


MLA International Bibliography

Female characters



Body Image Disturbances

Family Work Relationship

Female Criminals

Female Attitudes

Household Management

Human Sex Differences

Psychology of Women

Role Conflicts

Sex Role Attitudes

Stereotyped Attitudes

Transgenerational Patterns

Subject Guide

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