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Women's and Gender Studies

Subject guide for Women and Gender Studies

Background Info from Reference Databases

Background sources are especially useful when you are just starting your research, but they can also help you throughout the process. These types of sources can provide a brief summary of a topic, explain important theories, define commonly used terms, and provide biographical information on important people in the field. 

Research Tip: Search for broad-scope topics, theories, terms, or people in these types of sources. For example:

  • bell hooks
  • intersectionality 
  • ecofeminism

Background Info from Books