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Women's History Month: Research

Searching Tips

When searching within the databases, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Select Peer reviewed or Refereed to view articles from scholarly journals
  • Enter in keywords rather than full sentences
  • Limit by publication date to retrieved articles published within a specific time frame

Keywords and Phrases

Use the following search terms, keywords, and phrases in QuickSearch to locate articles about that topic. Remember, you can combine search terms using Boolean Operators. You can add keywords related to other disciplines to help narrow the results; for example: history, politics, literature, education, STEM, etc.

  • Women or woman
  • Women's Rights
  • Women's Suffrage
  • Women's History
  • Feminism
  • Femininity
  • Gender
  • Gender Disparity
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Fluidity
  • Lesbians
  • Bisexual Women

Boolean Operators

Use Boolean Operators as a way to narrow or broaden your search:

AND: use to combine different concepts or keywords; each result will contain all search terms

Example: gender AND libraries

OR: use to connect similar concepts or keywords; each result will contain at least one of the search terms

Example: medicine OR health

NOT: use to exclude words or concepts; tells the database to ignore concepts implied by your search

Example: technology NOT database

Parentheses ( ): place around related terms to search for more than one group of keywords

Example: (teaching OR education) AND gender

 Asterisk *: use at the end of a keyword to search words that start with the same letters

Example: education AND femini*

Quotation marks “ ”: place around phrases to search for words in that exact order

Example: women's rights” AND teaching


Select Journals