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WGS 2000 - Introduction to Women and Gender Studies: Home

Background Research

Sources such as encyclopedias and hot topics databases can be good places to get a sense of what some of the areas of interest within your topic are. 

Articles and Books

Historical and Gray Lit

Search Strategies

Concept Mapping

Try concept mapping to organize your thoughts and refine your topic as you search. There are a variety of free tools you can use. Start with a basic topic or subject and think about various issues related to that topic. If you are researching a specific person, you might include branches for their childhood, education, career, etc. and then add off-shoots for accomplishments and challenges. 

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