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WGST/PSYC 405/505 / SOC/CRJ 443/543: Gender Roles

Research Guide for Gender Roles course

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Trying to access library resources online? Follow the instructions on the Online Access to Library Resources page to access library databases, articles, and ebooks, both on-campus and off-campus.

Mardigian Search (searches all the library's databases at once)

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Search FAQs

Check out the library's self-paced tutorial How do I search library databases? to learn the basics of database searches.

1. What is Mardigian Search and why should I use it?

  • Mardigian Search is the library's Discovery search box, which looks through all of the library's databases at once.
  • Mardigian Search is great for:
    • finding out what's been studied in your research area
    • finding sources about interdisciplinary topics
  • Check out the library's self-paced tutorial What are library databases and why should I use them? for more information

2. How do I search for my topic?

  • Identify the keywords of your topic and use those as your search words
  • Each article has tags assigned to it, words or shorts phrases that make them searchable - you want your search words to match those tags
  • Words like factors, effects, issues, relationships are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words

Example: You are looking at paternity leave policies, focusing on how paternity leave policies affect families

  • Search: "paternity leave" families
  • Put a phrase in quotation marks to search for its words together, not as separate words
    • "paternity leave" searches for paternity leave as a phrase, not separate words

3. How do I focus the search hits to peer-reviewed journal articles?

  • Use the options under Refine Your Search to focus your search hits
  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
    • Click on Peer Review
    • Click on Journal article under Content Type

4. How do I focus the search hits to current event news sources?

  • Use the options under Refine Your Search to focus your search hits
  • News Sources:
    • Click on Newspaper Article under Content Type
  • Current Events:
    • Click on Last 12 Months under Publication Date
    • Click on the Calendar icons under Publication Date and set the start date to two months previous

5. I have a lot of irrelevant articles in my list of search hits. How do I focus them to my discipline and interest areas?

  • Use the options under Refine Your Search to focus your search hits
  • To articles in your discipline(s) of study:
    • Under Discipline, click on More... to open a list of all Disciplines
    • Click on your discipline(s), i.e. Sociology, Women's Studies, Psychology
    • Scroll to the top of the list of Disciplines and click on Apply
  • To focus to sources dealing with gender or to your interest areas:
    • Under Subject Terms, click on More... to open a list of all Subject Terms
    • Click on the subjects that interest you to add them to your search, i.e. gender equality, gender roles, policy
    • Scroll to the top of the list of Subject Terms and click on Apply
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned tags (words) 
    • Add any relevant tags (words) to your search
    • This will also help you develop your research topics and search for books and articles for them

56. How do I preview the abstract/summary of articles in the list of search hits?

  • Click on Preview below the article description

7. How do I access the article so I can read the whole thing?

  • Click on Full Text Online
  • Look for pdf Full Text or HTML Full Text links

8. I can't find anything on my topic. What do I do?

  • The search words you're using to describe your topic may not match the tags that have been assigned to books and articles on that topic
    • Look through the Subject terms in the Refine Your Search sidebar and check the boxes beside the topic areas that interest you
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned tags/subjects
    • Add any relevant tags to your search
    • This will also help you develop your research questions and search for articles about your specific research questions 
  • There may not be research tying your main ideas together yet
    • Try searching for your main ideas separately and linking their findings together
  • If you've found one article that's relevant for your topic, look through the sources in its References list to see if any of them are also relevant to your research
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