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WS 101: Introduction to Womens Studies: Find Background Information & Books

Deepen Your Understanding of your Topic

 At some point in your research process (often at an early point), it's useful to search for information in ways that are LESS specific than your research question. Overview and background sources, such as encyclopedias and some books, can give you a broader sense of the history or scale of your topic. They can give you a sense of concepts that are related to your topic and help you identify the keywords (or authors or theorists) that are important for your question.

Online Subject Encyclopedias

When searching in encyclopedias, use fewer keywords. For example, instead of all the elements of a research question on how individuals and their families accept someone who is self-identifying as intersex, use 'intersex' as your search term in the appropriate subject encyclopedia.


PSU Library Catalog

You can search the Library's front page search engine to find books, journals, dvds, and other materials available in PSU Library and through Summit. The search box below will look for books and ebooks.


Using What You've Found to Find More

Search for Subject Encyclopedias (PSU Only)

The Library has MANY subject encycopedias; some are in print (locate them by their call number) and some are online.