James H. Thomason Library

English 110 Guide: Myths of Gender
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  Citation Style
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Locating Articles & Criticism
  Criticism and Interpretation
  Key Journals
Internet Resources
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Background Information    


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The Dictionary of Feminist Theory, Ohio State University Press, 1990.
Main Level, Reference: R 305.4201 H883D

A Glossary of Feminist Theory, Oxford University Press, 2000.
Main Level, Reference: R 305.4201 An22G

The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas [GVRL], Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005.

Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 903 N42N [6 vols]
Covers core Western ideas, while this new edition expands its coverage to include the 'global perspectives and gender-inclusive' concepts that have evolved in the past 30 years.

Encyclopedias   back to top


American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia [SAGE eReference], Sage Publications, 2007.
Provides a reference guide and an introduction to the many ways in which men have defined, imagined, and experienced male identity in the social, cultural, and political contexts of the United States. Entries examine men's family lives, work, sexuality, bodies, and behaviors; images of masculinity in literature, film, art, music, television shows, and cultural iconography; social and political ideologies and power structures; controversial issues; the relation between notions of masculinity and historical events, processes, and periods; and group identities in which gender has intersected with race, class, ethnicity, age, religion, and region.
  American Masculinities: A HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA Bookcover

Britannica Online

The full text of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, plus Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

Completely Queer: The Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia, Holt, 1998.
Main Level, Reference: R 305.9 H678C

The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature  [CREDO Reference], Continuum International Publishing Group, 2005.
The work covers 150 years of children's literature in many cultures with topical articles (i.e. comic books, graphic novels, fairy tales) and entries on children’s authors.

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media [SAGE eReference], Sage Publications, 2007.
One of the largest topic categories in this encyclopedia is gender and sexuality (47 entries). These entries show that the content of the media consumed by children and adolescents is dominated by sexuality. Also, the huge volume of advertising to which children and adolescents are exposed through the media is covered in 40 entries offering a wealth of compelling and unsettling details, and like the entries on sex and violence, taken together the entries on advertising leave little doubt about advertising's effects on children and adolescents.

Encyclopedia of Feminism, Facts on File, 1986.
Main Level, Reference:
R 305.42 T886E

Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories, Routledge, 2000.
Main Level, Reference:
R 305.4201 En19E 

Encyclopedia of Homosexuality, Garland Publishing, 1990.
Main Level, Reference: R 306.76 En19E [2 vols]

Encyclopedia of Human Development [SAGE eReference], Sage Publications, 2007.
Includes entries on physical, social, psychological, and emotional development from conception through death.

Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family, Macmillan Library Reference, 1995.
Main Level, Reference:
R 306.803 En19E [2 vols]

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender   [Gale Virtual Reference Library], Macmillan Reference USA, 2007.
Addresses issues of sex and gender at the personal and the social level; examines issues of identity, status, class, ethnicity, race, and nation; of sexuality and the body; of social institutions and the structures of representation. Topics include changing conceptions of "the feminine," the family and masculinity, religion, morality, cultural images, medical practice, public health, economy and society and more.
  Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender by Fedwa Malti-Douglas: Book Cover

Encyclopedia of Social History, Garland Publishing, 1994.
Main Level, Reference:
R 306.09 En19E
Entries on topics such as domesticity, household, sexuality, family, feminism, feminist theory.

Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender [CREDO Reference], Academic Press, 2001.
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 305.403 En19E [2 vols]

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women’s Issues Worldwide, Greenwood Press, 2003.
Main Level, Reference:
R 305.4203 G856G [6 vols]

Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia, Garland Publishing, 1994.
Main Level, Reference: R 306.7 H88H

Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History [CREDO Reference], Routledge, 2002.
Important men and women who have had emotional or sexual preferences for those of the same gender? have been in the ‘canon’ of Western arts, culture, religion and other areas of public life; this work is of particular interest to historians, political scientists, and specialists in gay and lesbian studies or in social, literary or cultural studies.

Women’s Studies Encyclopedia, Greenwood Press, 1991.
Main Level, Reference: R 305.403 W842W [3 vols]


Circulating books   back to top

Circulating books can be checked out. Call number links below display available item status as "check shelf."  See Locating Books below for tips on finding more titles.

The Awakening [electronic version, Documenting the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill]

Also available in print: The Awakening: Complete, authoritative text..., St. Martin's Press, c1993. Upper Level: 813.4 C455A W153A ; and IN The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, Upper Level: 813.4 C455C  v. 2 .

Cultures of Masculinity, Routledge, 2006.
Upper Level: 305.31 Ed98C
Introduction: cultures of masculinity -- Crisis, what crisis?: sex roles revisited -- Femenism: men, masculinity, and feminism -- Violence and violation: men, masculinity, and power -- In black and white: race, ethnicity, and masculinity -- Identity and desire: gay male sexuality and masculinity -- What are you looking at?: masculinity, performativity, and fashion -- The spectacle of the male: masculinity and the cinema -- Auto-mechanics: masculinity, reflexivity, and the body -- Conclusion: The social and cultural theory of men and masculinities

International Handbook on Gender Roles, Greenwood Press, 1993.
Upper Level: 305.3 In8I

Just Like a Woman: How Gender Science is Defining What Makes Us Female, Bantam Books, 2000.
Upper Level: 155.633 H137J

Sex and Gender: The Human Experience, Brown & Benchmark, c1995.
Upper Level: 305.3 D775S

When Sex Became Gender, Routledge, 2006.
Upper Level: 305.42092 T176W

Women in Literature: Reading Through the Lens of Gender, Greenwood Press, c2003.
Upper Level: 809.93352042 W842W


Citation Style   back to top

American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage & Style [CREDO Reference], Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005.

An authoritative survey of English usage, grammar, and style offering guidance on almost any writing problem imaginable. Need help with affect/effect, lay/lie? Check here.

Humanities: Documenting Sources [Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.

MLA documentation at this site. Use pull-down box for type of source or links at left for in-text citations, etc.


MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed., MLA, 2009.

Main Level, Reference & Ready Reference Shelf: R 808.027 M72M [2 copies]

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.


Locating Books back to top  


Use the online catalog to locate materials in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, then first name:              

  Chopin, Kate [as AUTHOR]  
  Chopin, Kate [as SUBJECT]  

SUBJECT searching requires the use of Library of Congress subject headings.

These terms are examples of subject headings related to gender studies which link to items in THOMCAT, the catalog of library materials at PC:


Gay …

Femininity in Literature

Gender Identity

Femininity Psychology


Femininity Psychology in Literature

Homosexuality -- Biblical teaching

Women in Literature

Lesbian …

Sex Differences

Sex Role

Masculinity in Literature

Sex Role in Literature

Masculinity Psychology

Sex Role in Motion Pictures

Masculinity in Popular Culture

Masculinity Religious Aspects Christianity

Chopin, Kate, 1851-1904 Awakening

Men Identity


Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however,

KEYWORD searching has benefits, also:

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use,
    try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from
    the title or subject you are trying to find.
  • Place a phrase in "quotation marks" to search exact phrase rather than words. Find a song, poem, short story in a collection of works using a keyword phrase search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word. Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Remember keyword searches search for the words you type in regardless of their context, therefore, sometimes you get false hits.


KEYWORD Searching Tips
Search Examples

Place a phrase in "quotation marks":

Add * to the root of a word to truncate or
expand a term:

Use AND between words to narrow your search:

Use OR between words to expand your search:
Group words with parentheses

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs & library databases


gender bias  [5 items-link to results]
"gender bias"  [1 item-link to results]

stereotyp*= stereotype, stereotypes, stereotyping, stereotypical

gender AND stereotyp* [link to results]

OR assumption

gender OR sex*) AND stereotyp*

Beware truncating short words:
sex* retrieves sextant, as well

PASCAL Catalog

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.


A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in the PASCAL Catalog for availability.

Interlibrary Loan

You need to use Interlibrary Loan when:

  • a book you really need is not available at PC or through PASCAL Delivers
  • an article you need is not available at PC [you've already checked Journal Finder to see if the library has access to the journal for the date that you need]n article you need is not available at PC [you've already check see if the library has access to the journal for the date that you need]

ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link above for instructions.

Locating Articles & Criticism: back to top  
Literary Criticism and Interpretation back to top  


Literature Resource Center[Thomson Gale] Pascal Logo
Search the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, as well as full-text criticism from the Contemporary Literary Criticism Select database with one query. Contains full-text journal articles from more than 250 literary journals, critical essays, author biographies, and definitions of literary terms from Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature.

MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost]
Use for literature and language topics. Indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Nearly 45,000 records are added annually.

Articles   back to top

Academic Search Premier [EBSCO]
Search here for current journal and magazine articles from all academic disciplines.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context [Gale]

Browse topics about today's hottest social issues or perform a search for sex roles, feminism, antifeminism (evangelicals sometimes), etc. Includes viewpoint essays, magazine or academic journal articles, as well as news articles.


An archive containing 350 full-text journals searchable at this site. Other PC databases link to JSTOR articles through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles. As an archive, JSTOR does not provide the most current three to five year issues of the journals as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Newspapers back to top  


Custom Newspapers

Current issues of over 100 U.S. and international newspapers including the New York Times.

The New York Times Archive [1851-2005]
Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ago.

Key Journals   back to top

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) in Gender Studies


Fathering: A Journal of Theory and Research about Men as Parents

Genders  [University of Colorado-Boulder]

Intersections: Gender, History, and Culture in the Asian Context

The Journal of Men’s Studies [Men’s Studies Press]

Official Journal of the American Men's Studies Association

Psychology of Men & Masculinity

Published by the American Psychological Association

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society

Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society

Women's Studies Quarterly (now indexed in Project Muse)
Online full-text begins with Volume 36, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2008. WSQ is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published in June and December. Each thematic issue is guest edited and combines contemporary developments in feminist theory and scholarship with essays, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and the visual arts.


Internet Resources: back to top  
General Websites   back to top

Evaluating Information [Thomason Library]

BUBL Gender Studies Links [Centre for Digital Library Research]

Free, user-friendly access to selected internet resources covering all subject areas; uses the Dewey Decimal System to classify resources. Originally was called “Bulletin Board for Libraries.”  


Gender History and Studies [History Department, Tennessee Tech]

Mostly women’s studies links, but also includes the following:


American Men's Studies Association

Advances the critical study of men and masculinities by encouraging the development of teaching, research and clinical practice in the field of men's studies. AMSA is an independent organization that provides a forum for teachers, researchers, students and practitioners to exchange information and to gain support for work on men and masculinities. See Academic Resources.

MenStuff [National Men's Resource Center]
The starting point for information for and about men on the web, this is an educational web site which serves a diverse men's community (men's rights, mythopoetic, pro-feminist, recovery, re-evaluation counseling, and spiritual).

Manhood Online (Australia) Better men for a better world.
Provides a constant stream of inspiring stories about a wide range of men featuring quality articles and profiles and interviews falling under five general themes: Work and Education, Relationships, Fatherhood and Parenting, Health and Sexuality, and Spirituality. Also provides practical and helpful information on men’s services and support their development.

Gender and Sexuality Studies [Alan Liu, Voice of the Shuttle]
Includes the following:


Men’s Movements and Men’s/Masculinity Studies http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=1810

Women’s Studies and Feminist Theory


GLBTQ Resources [Association of College & Research Libraries]

Key web sites, ranging from political/equal rights organizations to media resources created by and for GLBTQ people. C&RL News, September 2008

National Coalition of Free Men
A non-profit educational & civil rights organization that looks at the ways sex discrimination affects men and boys. NCFM publishes "Transitions: Journal of Men's Perspectives" six times a year and sponsors various activities according to the interests of its volunteers.

National Organization for Women

National Sexuality Resource Center [San Francisco State Univ.]

A project of the Human Sexuality Studies Program at San Francisco State University advancing sexual literacy through science, sexuality education, and social policy formation.

An independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity providing pros and cons on diverse controversial topics with facts and quotations from thousands of experts. Their mission is "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan primarily pro-con format." Click on one of their 20 issues to get started.


Television and Gender Roles [Daniel Chandler, Univ. of Wales, Aberystwyth]

An internet-based resource useful in the academic study of media and communication giving priority to issues of interest to both British scholars in the field and to others who are interested in media in the UK.

Web Sites for Gender Studies [Drexel Library, St. Joseph’s University]

WSSLinks – Women and Gender Studies Web Sites [ACRL, American Library Association]


Statistical Resources   back to top

Bureau of Labor Statistics [U.S. Department of Labor]

Browse the A-Z list to find data on Women’s Earnings, Women Workers, marital and family characteristics data, families-employment characteristics of OR perform an advanced search. Includes Current Employment Statistics

Children's Advertising and Gender Roles Fact Sheet [National Institute on Media and the Family]
See additional links under resources, hot topics and programs with fact sheets and tips.  

The WomanStats Project [Brigham Young University]

A database of information on the status of women in 174 countries. Data includes laws, statistics, and practices within countries on topics such as women's physical, economic, and legal security, women and the family, and domestic violence.

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