Gendered Controversies

Professor Janet Jakobsen

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

If you would like guidance identifying additional resources or search strategies, please make an appointment with Jenna.

Greek Games statue wrapped in a black cloth as part of an unidentified protest, circa 1980s-90s. Possibly related to AIDS activism. Barnard Digital Collections.

Personal Librarian:
Jenna Freedman
111 LeFrak Center

Group Presentation Resources

  Archives ERC IMATS WGSS/Zine Librarian
Exhibit (Digital or Print)    
Social Media Campaign      

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 documentation on ACS, APA, APSA, ASA, Chicago, and MLA styles.

PS Deposit your work in the Academic Commons.


WGSS Specific/Related General & Interdisciplinary
  • Alternative Press Index and API Archive -- feminist and other alternative press publications from 1969-present (e.g. Bust, Lilith, On Our Backs, Women and Criminal Justice).
  • Black studies center - Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index of Black Periodicals (IIBP), and The Chicago Defender.
  • Black women writers- fiction, nonfiction and poetry by women from North America, Africa and the Caribbean, also essays by scholars and feminists about these regions.
  • Contemporary women's issues
  • GenderWatch  -- Publications include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, booklets and pamphlets, conference proceedings, and government, n-g-o and special reports.
  • JSTOR -- Go to advanced search and limit to the collection's Feminist and Women's Studies journals
  • LGBT life
  • Project Muse -- under Research Areas, select WGSS to focus your search

Find Articles (searches multiple databases at once)

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! Most of our archival collections are offsite in retrievable storage. You will have to request materials up to a week in advance of your visit.

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

Primary Source Databases Data Sources & Tools


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

  • Click Catalog to search only materials (print, AV, digital) held in the Columbia libraries (including Barnard the medical and law schools, but not TC)
  • Use the facets on the left to narrow your search results

Or browse the HQ (The Family, Marriage, Women) sections in the stacks--Butler's and Lehman's

Local Resources

Barnard & Columbia New York City

Other Libraries

Borrowing with CUID

Access with CUID

Require separate ID

EDUCAT for Teachers’ College Library
Pegasus for Columbia Law Library

ALEPH for the Jewish Theological Seminary
BobCat for NYU libraries

New York Public Library catalog.
NYPL Databases require library card number for access.

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.