Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Research Guide

Guide to Finding the Best Research Resources

Welcome! On this page, you will find a selective guide to tools for research in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Barnard College / Columbia University.

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation.

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Personal Librarian: Jenna Freedman

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Articles | Data/Primary Sources | Barnard/Columbia/NYC | Bibliography Resources


WGSS Specific/Related General & Interdisciplinary

Find Articles (searches multiple databases at once)

For a more complete list of electronic databases for women's and gender studies, check Columbia's Databases: Social Sciences list.

If you have a particular journal that you want to access electronically, enter the title in CLIO. In the "Limit To" box below the "Search" field, select "All Electronic Resources," then click the search button. If we have an online subscription or database access, one or more links will be provided in the record.

Data/Primary Sources

The Barnard Archives is a great source for materials relating to women's history and American Studies. They have items related to more topics than you would think!

The Empirical Reasoning Lab - provides help formulating empirical questions, finding appropriate data sets, and  guidance and training with analysis software.

Primary Source Databases Data Sources





Searching CLIO
CLIO (Columbia Libraries Information Online) is the on-line catalog for materials added to the Columbia University Libraries since 1981.  

  • For an author search, put last name first
  • You can limit to books in the Barnard library using the Advanced search tab

Or browse the HQ section in the stacks (Barnard, Burke, Butler, Lehman, etc.)

Local Resources

Barnard & Columbia New York City

Other Libraries
Those with Columbia ID have access to the libraries of the Columbia Law School, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Teachers’College, but their holdings are in their own catalogs, not in CLIO. CUID also provides access to the libraries of New York University. Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in New York is entitled to a New York Public Library card.

Borrowing privileges with Columbia ID

  • EDUCAT for Teachers’ College Library
  • Pegasus for Columbia Law Library

Access with CUID

  • ALEPH for the Jewish Theological Seminary
  • BobCat for NYU libraries

Require separate ID

Catalogs: for a larger list of library catalogs in New York City and elsewhere, including the paid version of WorldCat, a catalog of catalogs that has holdings information from libraries all over the world and CRL, a catalog of rare and specialized materials, all available via Interlibrary Loan.

Bibliography Resources

Zotero allows you to

  • search for citations in library catalogs and databases from the software or export results into it from remote catalogs and databases
  • store the citations
  • search through the citations you have stored using keyword searches
  • cite them in papers and bibliographies using any citation format you choose

Cite Source from Trinity College Library documentaiton on ACS, APA, APSA, ASA, Chicago, and MLA styles.