On March 8 annually, we celebrate International Women’s Day, and it’s with Women’s History month in mind that I draw your attention to the many academic resources we have at the CSI library for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Handily, I created an online research guide for WGSS, which highlights some of our many resources in one portal: http://guides.library.csi.cuny.edu/WGSS.
The opening page mentions a smattering of new titles that have come in this month (and more keep coming in, so stay tuned.) They include reference works, like the Sage Handbook of Feminist Theory, The Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse, and many more. We also have numerous databases that feature WGSS journals, some of which directly address women and gender, while others do peripherally. Because WGSS is an interdisciplinary program where one can study women, gender, or sexuality, for instance, but more interestingly one can study the intersection of feminism and history, or queer identity and art, or gender identity in adolescent development, or masculinity in pop culture, etc. The books and databases cover a wide terrain. For instance, in American Memory one can review the Library of Congress’s digital archives, which are particularly strong on the woman’s suffrage movement, and contain books, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, scrapbooks, and multi-format materials ranging from 1848-1938. In Women and Social Movements one can study the history of women and social movements from 1600 to 2000, through archived documents, critical reviews, and teaching tools. For queer studies we have the LGBT Life with Full Text database, which provides access to hundreds of significant LGBT journals. For general scholarly research, JSTOR and Project Muse are strong in the humanities and social sciences. But because you might be studying feminism from a historical perspective (Historical Statistics of the United States), or through psychology (PsychINFO), communications (Communications and Mass Media Complete), nursing (CINAHL Complete), or current events (LexisNexis)…databases in these areas round out the selection.
And finally, you might not be aware of our two streaming video databases: Kanopy, and Films on Demand, both of which include WGSS titles in their holdings. Kanopy has the entire Killing Me Softly series, an interview with bell hooks, and numerous films on masculine codes. With 20,000 titles, Films on Demand holds enough works to warrant search terms. A quick search for “gender” in “titles” returns 229 feature-length films on that topic. To explore our streaming video collections, see the media section of the WGSS research guide, or here on our library’s website: http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/streaming-video/.
Anne Hays, Assistant Professor
Evening & Weekend Instruction Librarian