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WGST 251: Gender and the Law

Summer 2020

WGST 251

Welcome to the WGST 231 course guide. If you'd like help finding a peer reviewed article, please email me at and we'll setup a research consultation. 

1. Identify your topic

Use class readings, newspaper articles, Wikipedia and online encyclopedias such as Credo Reference or Gale Ebooks (links below) to find out basic information about your topic. This will help you brainstorm keywords.

2. Brainstorm keywords

Come up with keywords around your topic to start searching. When searching, you can play around with different terms to see how it affects your results. Try searching with broader terms vs. more specific. Pay close attention to the vocabulary that scholars are using when you come across articles (i.e. same-sex marriage, single-sex schools)

3. Search for scholarly articles

Put your keywords into the databases Genderwatch, HeinOnline and Academic Search Premier (links below). Pay attention to who wrote the article, what journal it was published in and when it was published. When you consider the results, you need to evaluate different articles in order to find one that best serves your purpose. You should spend time on the abstract of articles that might be of interest and then skimming before you decide on what you'd like to read. Try different words in different databases and see what you discover. Give yourself time to enjoy this process!

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