The Library has a large collection of reference works, most of them in electronic format. Use the custom search box below to search across most of the Library's electronic encyclopedias, handbooks, and companions or go directly to one of the recommended resources.
A Companion to Gender History
Surveys the history of women around the world, studies their interaction with men in gendered societies, and looks at the role of gender in shaping human behavior over thousands of years. A Companion to Women's and Gender Studies
Explores the central concepts, theories, themes, debates, and events of women's and gender studies covering a wide range of topics from global, postcolonial, intersectional, and interdisciplinary perspectives. A glossary of feminist theory Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature (ebook)
The path-breaking Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories is an accessible, multidisciplinary insight into the complex field of feminist thought. The Encyclopedia contains over 500 authoritative entries commissioned from an international team of contributors and includes clear, concise and provocative explanations of key themes and ideas. Each entry contains cross references and a bibliographic guide to further reading; over 50 biographical entries provide readers with a sense of how the theories they encounter have developed out of the lives and situations of their authors. Feminist philosophies A-Z (ebook)
A concise alphabetical guide to the key terms, issues, theoretical approaches, projects and thinkers in feminist philosophy. Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press)
Contains the complete text of the second edition of the 20-volume Dictionary. Presents authoritative information on words in the English language, including their form, definition, history, pronunciation, and etymology. Approximately 1,000 new and revised entries are added on a quarterly basis. The Handbook of Gender, Work, and Organization.
Features interdisciplinary literature reviews and empirical findings. The handbook is organized in five sections: histories and philosophies; organizing work and the gendered organization; embodiment; globalization; and diversity. The Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality. (2nd ed.)
Provides a global overview of key historical themes and issues, along with methodologies and research topics. The Oxford handbook of feminist theory (ebook)
Provides an overview of the analytical frameworks and theoretical concepts feminist theorists have developed to challenge established knowledge. Leading feminist theorists, from around the globe, provide in-depth explorations of a diverse array of subject areas, capturing a plurality of approaches. The The Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies.
Examines and explores the lives and experiences of LGBTQ individuals, focusing on LGBTQ issues and identity primarily through the lenses of psychology, human development and sociology, emphasizing queer, feminist and ecological perspectives.
Women in World History
presents over 10,000 short biographies of women worldwide from the earliest times to the modern period. American National Biography
is the standard biographical dictionary for the US including colonial times. The African American National Biography
(included in the African American Studies Center
) complements it with its much better coverage of African American lives. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
is the standard biographical dictionary for the UK. African American Studies Center (Oxford University Press)
Contains a selection of information sources ranging from the authoritative Encyclopedia of African American History
to the African American National Biography
project. Selected primary sources, maps, images, charts, and tables round out the collection.American National Biography Online (Oxford University Press)
Presents authoritative biographies of influential people who lived in what is now the United States. Covers only deceased subjects. Includes portraits, if available, and bibliographies with citations to works by and about featured individuals.Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)
Provides full text access to biographical and critical essays on important literary figures from all eras, genres, and geographic areas. Many essays include manuscript pages, portraits, excerpts of criticism, bibliographies, and more. Electronic access extends back to 1978.Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press)
Presents authoritative biographies of influential people who lived in Britain. Covers only deceased subjects. Includes portraits, if available, and bibliographies with citations to works by and about featured individuals.Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present (Cambridge University Press)
Provides biographical and critical accounts of the lives and works of women writers from the British Isles together with contextual materials, timelines, and bibliographies relevant to critical and historical readings. Also includes material on selected non-British and international women, and British and international men, whose writings are relevant to the historical context.Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia
Presents biographies of women worldwide.