Women's & Gender Studies: World Wide Web

Internet Citation Guides

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
UNI Reference Desk Cabinet and UNI Reserve Desk BF 76.7 P83 2010
APA Style Help
Prepared by experts at the American Psychological Association, these Web pages provide guidance for writing a paper in APA style and for referencing information sources using the APA citation format. Consult the Frequently Asked Questions section for examples and explanations of commonly cited types of electronic and print resoruces. Also available is an online tutorial about the basics of APA style.
APA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL Materials, Purdue University)
This resource, revised to conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), provides additional interpretations and examples to help you apply the APA style. Written by Neyhart and Karper, with the most recent editing by Brizee, this guide is part of Purdue University's OWL (Online Writing Lab) series. Since the APA citation guidelines change, be sure to check the sources developed by the American Psychological Association itself to be sure you are using the most recent guidelines.
MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing (3rd ed.). (2008). New York: Modern Language Association of America.
Reference Desk Cabinet and Reserve Desk PN 147 G444 2008
Frequently asked questions about the MLA Style Manual at
MLA handbook for writers of research papers (7th ed.). (2009). New York: Modern Language Association of America.
Reference Desk Cabinet LB 2369 G53 2009 (also at the Reserve Desk)
From the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) see MLA Formatting and Style Guide

Additional citation guidance is accessible through http://www.library.uni.edu/library-instruction/research-tips/style-guides-online

Web Pages: Directories and Spaces

Voice of the Shuttle: Web Site for Humanities Research

A directory of academic Web sites in the humanities. Under the Contents heading choose Gender and Sexuality Studies to access Web resources listed in categories such as Women's Studies and Feminist Theory; Queer Studies; Men's Movements & Men's/Masculinity Studies; and Sexual Harassment, Assault, and Abuse. Web sites, course syllabi, academic departments, programs and centers, and journals & zines are among the resources accessible. Voice of the Shuttle was selected as a Forbes "Best of Web" in Summer 2002. VoS is woven by Alan Liu and a development team in the English Department at the Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara.

WSSLinks (Women and Gender Studies Web Sites)

WSSLinks provides access to thousands of Web sites and resources which support Women's Studies. The resources are listed in categories such as Archives, Art, Health, International, Lesbian Sites, Science and Technology, and Theology. Developed and maintained by the Women's Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Women's Studies/Women's Issues Resource Sites

A selective, annotated listing of Web sites containing resources and information about women's studies or women's issues. Joan Korenman, of the Center for Women and Information Technology and the site developer, states that she emphasizes sites of particular use to those in academic Women's Studies programs. If you're looking for sites on a specific women-focused topic, you may select among the sixteen subject sections. You may also scroll through the alphabetical listing of all of the sites. The Women's Studies Programs & Research Centers section provides links to approximately 700 Women's Studies programs and research centers worldwide.


A frequently-cited directory of popular, scholarly, and commercial Web sites providing information for women and girls. Resources are organized by categories, including Arts and Humanities, Computers and Science, Education, Girls, Health and Wellness, and Media and Publications. The Regional category has a geographic focus and provides links to resources about women in particular countries or in states within the United States. Contains advertising.

Web Pages: Organizations

The National Women's Studies Association

The National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) is a professional organization established in 1997 and "dedicated to leading the field of women's studies and gender studies, as well as its teaching, learning, research, and service wherever they be found." The Professional Resources section provides access to resources in 20 categories including Student Resources, Online Guide to Women's Studies, NWSA Publication information, Member Blogs, and Community Groups & Discussion Forums. Among the additional features of the Web site are CFP's (conference and publishing opportunity announcements) and a bookstore where NWSA members' publications are featured.

Feminist Majority Foundation Online

The official page of the Feminist Majority, this site contains feminist news and action alerts as well as other information organized by topical categories. The Research Center section provides links to feminist journals and magazines, to information about women's research centers, and to other resources.

National Organization for Women (NOW)

The official Web page of the National Organization for Women. Includes information on NOW activities at the chapter and national levels, press releases, and, near the bottom of the page, a link to issues of the NOW National Times. Consult the Issues section to access NOW position statements on Abortion and Reproductive Rights, Economic Justice, Lesbian Rights, Stopping Violence Against Women, and more.

American Men's Studies Association

The American Men's Studies Association (AMSA) "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." The AMSA Web site provides information about the association and its history, news, conference announcements, links to men's studies journals, and, under Resources, a directory of scholarly Web sites and other resources in men's studies.

National Organization for Men Against Sexism

NOMAS describes itself as "pro-feminist, gay-affirmative, anti-racist, enhancing men's lives." The Web site provides information about the organization, links to its Task Forces, and links to events, news, and resources. NOMAS position statements and speeches are available through the Task Force links in areas such as Eliminating Racism; Fathering; Men, Culture & Art; and Men's Health & Mental Health.


CLAGS, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, was founded in 1991 and identifies itself as the first university research center in the United States dedicated to "the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and communities." The full text of CLAGS newsletters, publications, and research projects is available through the Web site. The CLAGS Survey of LGBT Studies Programs in the US, 2001 is accessible in full text from the Archives link. Also available is a link to International Resource Network, "a global community of teachers and researchers sharing knowledge about sexualities."

Web Pages: Digitized/Transcribed Documents

In the First Person

A searchable index of almost 4,000 free and fee-based collections of personal narratives, oral histories, diaries, letters, memoirs, and autobiographies in English from throughout the world. More than 700,000 pages of full text by more than 18,000 individuals are included. The site also points to 4,300 audio and video files and to 30,000 bibliographic records. Excluded are speeches, professional interviews, and business correspondence. The opening screen provides a keyword Quick Search window and access to materials by several tables of contents, including historical events, date, and places. For more comprehensive searching of the full-text documents, click on Search Documents and enter or choose terms in the advanced search windows. Advanced searching is also available within the Search Collections option. This free resource is compiled by Alexander Street Press.

American Memory

This project of the Library of Congress includes over 100 thematic collections of more than 9 million digitized photographs, sound recordings, films, documents, and other American historical materials. This site may be searched or browsed. Click the Browse tab to browse the collections by topic, time period, format, or geographic place.

Click on Women's History to access seven Woman Suffrage collections, including Votes
for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association
Collection, 1848-1921 (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/naw/nawshome.html) which documents
the suffrage campaign through digitized books and pamphlets.

A Celebration of Women Writers

Provides online editions of works by women and links to biographical and bibliographical information about women writers. The Celebration of Women Writers is designed to promote awareness of the breadth and variety of women's writing by providing access to novels, poems, letters, biographies, travel books, religious commentaries, histories, and economic and scientific works written by women. Choose the Authors & Books tab to Search for Writers by name, date, country, and ethnicity or to Browse by author name, century, country, or ethnicity. The site is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.

Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement

An online archival collection of scanned or transcribed pamphlets and other materials which document various aspects of the Women's Liberation Movement in the United States. The focus is on the radical origins of this movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

To identify other digitized collections available from the Duke University Special Collections Library, such as African American History or Documentary Photography, access their page (http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/) and click on Digitized Collections.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists. The Collection section of the NMWA Web site presents data on more than 3,000 works of art and over 600 artists. Whenever possible images of the artworks are provided. After clicking on The Collection, select Advanced Search to search by artist name, nationality, or birth date as well as by artwork title, subject matter, date, or medium type.

Gifts of Speech

This site is dedicated to preserving and providing access to speeches by influential contemporary women from throughout the world. The texts of speeches by hundreds of women are currently available and may be searched using the Google interface. The database developers request speeches from well-known women in a variety of professional pursuits including activists, artists, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, scientists, and scholars.

For access to additional digitized collections consult the following lists prepared by Rod Library:
Digitized Primary American History Sources
Digitized World History Sources

Electronic Journals

Genders: Presenting Innovative Work in the Arts, Humanities and Social Theories

This ejournal provides full-text essays about "gender and sexuality in relation to social, political, artistic, and economic concerns." Its focus is on discussions of particular artworks, literature, or film and on analyses of gender issues. Electronic publication of this journal began in 1998; prior years (1988-1997) were published in paper copy. The editors state that all electronic issues will be retained permanently in the Recent Issues section of the site. The editors welcome contributions about genders and sexualities and provide instructions for submitting contributions for possible publication.

Advancing Women in Leadership

An online journal, begun in 1997, publishing articles that report, synthesize, review, or analyze scholarly inquiry that promotes gender equity and advances women in leadership. Through this journal the editors, Genevieve Brown and Beverly J. Irby, intend to encourage and support the increase of women in leadership positions in all aspects of professional and corporate America.

Women's Studies International Forum
Rod Library Databases A-Z select Science Direct, then search by Journal name

An academic journal focused on feminist research in the multidisciplinary, international area of women's studies and on feminist research in other disciplines. Women's Studies International Forum seeks to "critique and reconceptualize existing knowledge, to examine and re-evaluate the manner in which knowledge is produced and distributed, and to assess the implications this has for women's lives."

Feminist Collections
Rod Library Databases A-Z, select Academic OneFile

A source for current news of feminist scholarship resources. Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources, edited by Phyllis Holman Weisbard, the Women's Studies Librarian at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, publishes original articles about Women's Studies research and teaching; reviews of printed, electronic (including Web), and audiovisual resources; and announcements of new bibliographies and reference works. The full text of selected articles and Web reviews is available online since 2002 through Academic OneFile. Access Academic OneFile, click on Publication Search, type Feminist Collections, and browse through the issues or Search within this publication.


Electronic Discussion Groups

Gender-Related Electronic Forums by Joan Korenman

An annotated listing of over 600 publicly accessible electronic discussion groups (or "e-mail lists") devoted to women or gender issues. Each entry provides the group name, a description of the group's focus, and subscription information. If you are looking for women-focused discussion groups on a specific topic, you may use the Topical Listings which include categories such as Activist, Education, International, Religion/Spirituality, Sexuality/Sexual Orientation, and Women of Color. You may also scan the alphabetically-arranged list.


Provides information about discussion lists on a wide variety of topics; however only lists that use the Listserv-brand software are included. You may search by list name (XYZ-L), host name (LISTSERV.XYZ.EDU), and/or title. Search tips are given.

An academic list devoted to discussions of Women's Studies teaching, research, and program administration. It also contains Women's Studies job and conference announcements and calls for papers. Send subscription requests (SUB WMST-L Your Name) to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU. (Consult the Gender-Related Electronic Forums list for additional subscription information.)

Web Search Directories and Engines

Search Engine Watch

Information about the search engine industry and a comparative guide to search engines. The Rating & Stats section provides information which aids searchers in comparing and evaluating search engines.


Google is regarded by many as the preferred engine for searching the Web. The crawler-based service provides broad coverage of the Web. Over 8 billion Web pages indexed. You may use the tabs on the top of the search box on the Google home page to seek particular types of information, including graphic images, discussion groups, or current news.


The Yahoo!Web Directory offers a subject directory prepared by human editors who classify Internet resources according to broad subject categories and sub-categories. To access the resources in Gender Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Studies; and Women's Studies, from the Yahoo! home page, click the more tab near the top of the screen, click on Directory Search, and select Social Science. Then choose the category of interest. Or you may enter terms in the Directory Search window.

Alta Vista

This Web crawler provides access to over 1 billion Web pages and offers the ability to focus your search on images, MP3/Audio, video, and news sources. Made public December 15, 1995.


A search tool which conducts searches of several services (such as Google) simultaneously. MetaCrawler organizes the results in a uniform format, verifying that search results are accessible, eliminating duplicates, and ranking results.

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Last updated March 10, 2010