Historical Perspectives on Women: Library Research
WGST 2P91LIBRARY TIPS ANDTRICKSJennifer Thiessen, Liaison Librarian for Women’s and GenderStudiesFebruary 2013
Today’s Agenda Searching for articles Choosing the best database Historical Abstracts/America: History & Life MLA International Bibliography Feminae Gender Studies Database Group Work: Explore topic—e.g. witchcraft Discussion Writing Tips/Help
Group Work Explore your assigned database by searching for resources on a topic of your choosing Databases: Historical Abstracts/America:History & Life MLA International Bibliography Feminae Gender Studies
Guiding questions… Your task as a group: Explore your database using the following questions to guide your investigation. Ideas for searching: witchcraft, eugenics, suffrage What is included in the database? Subject coverage? Date coverage? Can you get peer-reviewed articles? How? How can you get to the full text of an article? Other tips on making your search better?
AMERICA: HISTORY &LIFE/HISTORICAL ABSTRACTS America: History & Life History of Canada and the U.S. Coverage: prehistory – present Historical Abstracts History of all countries EXCEPT Canada and the U.S. Coverage: 1450-present (i.e., won’t cover early middle ages) Both databases contain journal articles
MLA INTERNATIONALBIBLIOGRAPHY journals, series, books, working papers, conference proceedings modern language, literature, linguistics, and folklore
FEMINAE covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages
FEMINAESearch Results1. Record Number: 28004Author(s): Scudieri, Novello, Check Library CatalogueContributor(s):Title :A Trial for Witchcraft at Todi (1428)Source: Medieval Italy: Texts in Translation Edited by Katherine L. Jansen, Joanna Drell, and Frances Andrews .University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. Pages 203 - 215.Year of Publication: 2009.24. Record Number: 9340Author(s): Broedel, Hans Peter.Contributor(s):Title :To Preserve the Manly Form from So Vile a Crime: Ecclesiastical Anti-Sodomitic Rhetoric and the Genderingof Witchcraft in the "Malleus Maleficarum" [Broedel argues that Heinrich Krämer, the author, with the help of JacobSprenger, of the "Malleus maleficarum," adopted the language and critiques of sodomy to describe witchcraft, thusmaking it a crime of deviant sexuality. Since women were naturally pSource: Essays in Medieval Studies (Full Text via Project Muse) 19 (2002): 136-148. Link InfoYear of Publication: 2002. Click for full text
GENDER STUDIESDATABASE Interdisciplinary gender-related topics: womens studies, mens studies, ethnic studies, health, sexual diversity Also good for historical topics.
Summary of Search Tips Use the * symbol to search for alternate endings (e.g., work* = worker, workers, working, etc.) Note: this doesn’t work in Feminae! Use the ? symbol to search for different spellings (e.g., wom?n = women, woman) Note: this doesn’t work in Feminae! Pay attention to limits (e.g., peer-reviewed journals, language, historical period) Narrow/focus your search by using subject terms/descriptors
Questions? Women’s and Gender Studies Research Guide http://researchguides.library.brocku.ca/WISE Library Help Help Desk http://brocku.ca/library/help-lib Jennifer Thiessen firstname.lastname@example.org Please fill out evaluation form: http://bit.ly/WGST2p91