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WGST 408/508: Sex, Gender, and the Body in International Development

Research Guide for WGST 408/508

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1. How do I search for articles that support my arguments?

  • Identify the keywords of your argument 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, impact are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words
  • Example topicWhat was the gender impact of the 2008 financial crisis in developing countries?
    • A search about this topic could be: gender* 2008 financial crisis "developing countries"
      • gender* will search for gender and gendered
      • "developing countries" will search for it as a phrase, not two separate words

2. How do I focus the search hits to relevant articles that meet my assignment requirements?

  • Use Refine Your Search in Summon to focus your search hits
  • Peer-reviewed articles:
    • Click on Peer Review 
    • Click on Journal article under Content Type
  • Current/Recent articles:
    • Under Publication Date, move the scroll bar over to 2006 to present
  • To Women's and Gender Studies-related articles
    • Under Discipline, click on women's studies 

3. How do I know my search words match the tags assigned to articles about my research question?

  • As you scroll through the search hits, look at the Subjects (tags) assigned to the relevant articles you find, and see if they match your search words 
  • Subjects (tags) also help you identify the specific populations or issues in your research area

4. If I find an article I really like, how I can I find articles which have subsequently cited it?

  • Click the number in the shaded Web of Science or Scopus boxes below the article summary in the list of search hits for a list of articles which cited that article
  • This is a good way to follow the research trail of your articles.
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