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Feminist Studies: Books/Catalogs

This guide is designed for all researchers, beginning and advanced. It is a starting point for all aspects of women's, feminist, and gender studies research. FEMINIST STUDIES 182 and 280A students are especially encouraged to start here.

UC Library Search

 

The Library Catalog is UC LIBRARY SEARCH

Simple Search

  • Single white box
  • Huge results list
  • Many different types of resources; articles, books and more
  • Best when you are NOT looking for particular types of sources, e.g. - popular, scholarly, primary sources, empirical studies, DVD, etc.
  • Refine results with options on left margin

Advanced search

  • Use for complex searches
  • Many more options
  • Specify Articles books or more (big results list); Resources in the Library (small results list of mostly books); etc.
  • Specify type of resoruce
  • Specify one or more fields - author, title, subject, ISBN
  • Specify publication year, language,  book
  • contains, starts with, exact phrase

Browse Search

  • NOT for keyword searching
  • Use for known item searches - e.g., titles, authors, subject headings

Call Number Locations

An online version of the orange Library Locations handout, which tells you what floor, and part of the building (Ocean or Mountain side), the various library locations (Main, Andelson, Government Information, etc) and call numbers are on. 

Melvyl WorldCat Discovery System

WorldCat Discovery @UCSB is a way to find books and other materials located in libraries outside the UC System. 

Catalogs

Google Books

Google Book Search

Search Tips

When keyword searching, use key words that best describe your topic.  The objective is to get a small group of relevant records.  People, places themes, characters, time periods, events, types of information (i.e. ethnography) issues and more can be key words.  What words or phrases best describe your topic?

Try: And, Or, Not

  • And -- "cell phone" AND distraction
  • Or -- ("cell phone" OR gps) and distraction
  • Not -- (Distraction and children) NOT adolescents
Use Quotation Marks, Asterisks, Parentheses, Question marks
  • Use quotation marks when searching a phrase. 
    • "information processing"
  • Use asterisks to find variations...
    • Flavor* = flavor, flavorful, flavored, flavoring.
    • *Psychology = parapsychology, pseudopsychology
    • Behavi*r retrieves behaviour or behavior.
  • Use parentheses for searches like this: 
    • common cold AND (vitamin c OR zinc)
  • Use the question mark for different spelling as well as singular and plural versions of a word
    • Wom?n = woman and women
    • Gr?y = grey and gray
    • Dog* = dog, dogs

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