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WOMST 490: Critical Perspectives in Global Women's Health  

Spring 2014
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Your charge is to pick a topic and a region in the world to investigate

(1) what research is out there across disciplines,

(2) what story or stories these sources tell, and

(3) what kinds of information might need to be available in order to understand better women's health (your own analysis/informed perspective based on how we've been talking this semester). 

(4)  Explore your topic in the three trial databases and Send an email to with an analysis of the three databases. Please complete this by March 7.  

  Gender Studies Database

  Women's Studies International


Please include:

    • examples of your search strategies:  ( abortion* and India, for example)
    • a brief desciption of the search interface and how well you think it is designed.  (Was it difficult to narrow your topic?  was it clear how to limit and sort your results?  etc.)
    • From your experience, would this database be a good choice to cover Womens Studies topics?

Reference Sources for Background Information

Reference books are a special subset of Pelletier's collection. Here you will find specialized  dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and other materials that provide authoritative background information on your topic.

Here are some suggestions:

Encyclopedia of health & behavior / editor in chief, Norman B. Anderson

 Routledge encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology [electronic resource] 

Encyclopedia of medical anthropology [electronic resource] : health and illness in the world's cultures / edited by Carol R. Ember and Melvin Ember  


 Country information

International government information and country information : a subject guide  (Compact Shelving A)

Country Studies (from the Library on Congress) Electronic Resource

 World Factbook (CIA)  Electronic Resource


Credo-online encyclopedia collection


Conducting research is a complex process.  Developing a list of terms and relationships among those terms is part of developing a research strategy.  Reading background information may help you refine the questions you ask and may lead you to related questions as well.


Credo Reference  

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