FEMINIST RESEARCH METHODS:
STRATEGIES & RESOURCES
Susan C. Luévano, WGSS Librarian
WGSS 401
RESEARCH REVIEW

• Step 1: Develop search strategy
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Thesis statement
Pre-research
Research questions
Keyword...
RESEARCH REVIEW

• Step 3: Search the database
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Try different keywords, try different searches
Move to database su...
RESEARCH REVIEW

• Setp 5: Apply and use information
• Synthesize information
• Write up the finding and conclusion
• Crea...
BACKGROUND/PRE-RESEARCH

• http://csulb.libguides.com/wgss401
CREATING A SEARCH STRATEGY
•

Develop a thesis statement:

The Catholic church’s battle over birth control use
in developi...
CREATING A SEARCH STRATEGY

• Define the question
•

Ask why????

• What is the church’s position on contraceptives?
• How...
CREATING A SEARCH STRATEGY

•

Break down your thesis statement by concept

• The Catholic church’s battle over birth cont...
THINK OF OTHER KEYWORDS/SYNONYMS

• Condoms or “morning after pill” or “birth
control pills” or “reproductive rights”
• Af...
BOOLEAN OPERATORS
BOOLEAN OPERATORS
• AND
• OR

Contraceptive

Africa

South Africa

Nigeria

South Africa
OR
Nigeria

Catholic
Church
TRUNCATION

*

• More results
• Plurals

• Asterisk *
• Feminis*
• Feminist
• Feminism
• Feminisms

• Contracept*

• Contr...
ADJACENCY

• Enclosed a phrase by double quotations marks

• The exact phrase is searched
• “Catholic Church”

• “morning ...
PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS
• Based on research & written for other scholars

• Content & research model are reviewed by other
...
FINDING PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES
•

Http://www.csulb.edu/library

• 1) Test or preliminary search for journal articles, book...
RESEARCH DATABASES
GENDERWATCH
• 100 international journals,
• Coverage: 1978 to present.
ACADEMIC SEARCH COMPLETE
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General/Interdisciplinary
Popular & scholarly
Limit: Peer review box
Coverage: 1975 to...
ACADEMIC SEARCH COMPLETE
GET IT @CSULB
BEACHREACH
BEACHREACH
BEACHREACH
RESEARCH DATABASES
• Academic Search Complete

• Sociological Abstracts
• SocIndex

• Medline
• Depends on your topic
NEED INFORMATION NOT AT CSULB
• BeachReach
• Anything

• 3 days
• If longer- You will be notified
• Link+
• Books & some m...
STILL NEED A LITTLE HELP?
• Ask at the Reference Desk, 1 st West
• Consultations
• Susan Luévano

• Office hours:
• U Libr...
QUESTIONS?
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  1. 1. FEMINIST RESEARCH METHODS: STRATEGIES & RESOURCES Susan C. Luévano, WGSS Librarian WGSS 401
  2. 2. RESEARCH REVIEW • Step 1: Develop search strategy • • • • • • • Thesis statement Pre-research Research questions Keywords Boolean operators (and , or) Truncation (*) Adjacency • Step 2: Select databases • Secondary peer-reviewed sources • Coast
  3. 3. RESEARCH REVIEW • Step 3: Search the database • • • • Try different keywords, try different searches Move to database subject headings Select the best citations Use internal citation generators when sending information • Step 4: Evaluate resources • Read and assess content
  4. 4. RESEARCH REVIEW • Setp 5: Apply and use information • Synthesize information • Write up the finding and conclusion • Create your bibliography using correct citation style • Circular process – Repeat and Revise • Use the WGSS Research Guide!! • http://csulb.libguides.com/wgss
  5. 5. BACKGROUND/PRE-RESEARCH • http://csulb.libguides.com/wgss401
  6. 6. CREATING A SEARCH STRATEGY • Develop a thesis statement: The Catholic church’s battle over birth control use in developing nations.
  7. 7. CREATING A SEARCH STRATEGY • Define the question • Ask why???? • What is the church’s position on contraceptives? • How does the church prevent women’s access to contraceptives in Africa, if at all? • Why is the push for contraceptive use by philanthropist Melinda Gates called “globalism” by the church? • What are the arguments for the use of contraceptives in Africa by the WHO? • Where is this fight headed?
  8. 8. CREATING A SEARCH STRATEGY • Break down your thesis statement by concept • The Catholic church’s battle over birth control in developing nations.
  9. 9. THINK OF OTHER KEYWORDS/SYNONYMS • Condoms or “morning after pill” or “birth control pills” or “reproductive rights” • Africa or a specific country (Nigeria)
  10. 10. BOOLEAN OPERATORS
  11. 11. BOOLEAN OPERATORS • AND • OR Contraceptive Africa South Africa Nigeria South Africa OR Nigeria Catholic Church
  12. 12. TRUNCATION * • More results • Plurals • Asterisk * • Feminis* • Feminist • Feminism • Feminisms • Contracept* • Contraceptive • Contraception
  13. 13. ADJACENCY • Enclosed a phrase by double quotations marks • The exact phrase is searched • “Catholic Church” • “morning after pill”
  14. 14. PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS • Based on research & written for other scholars • Content & research model are reviewed by other scholars • In-depth • Extensive bibliography
  15. 15. FINDING PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES • Http://www.csulb.edu/library • 1) Test or preliminary search for journal articles, books & more • 2) Databases by topic or title
  16. 16. RESEARCH DATABASES
  17. 17. GENDERWATCH • 100 international journals, • Coverage: 1978 to present.
  18. 18. ACADEMIC SEARCH COMPLETE • • • • • General/Interdisciplinary Popular & scholarly Limit: Peer review box Coverage: 1975 to present Need the full-text?
  19. 19. ACADEMIC SEARCH COMPLETE
  20. 20. GET IT @CSULB
  21. 21. BEACHREACH
  22. 22. BEACHREACH
  23. 23. BEACHREACH
  24. 24. RESEARCH DATABASES • Academic Search Complete • Sociological Abstracts • SocIndex • Medline • Depends on your topic
  25. 25. NEED INFORMATION NOT AT CSULB • BeachReach • Anything • 3 days • If longer- You will be notified • Link+ • Books & some media ONLY • 3 days • Other CSU Libraries
  26. 26. STILL NEED A LITTLE HELP? • Ask at the Reference Desk, 1 st West • Consultations • Susan Luévano • Office hours: • U Library, room 416, 4th floor • Wednesday, 2:30 pm -4:30 pm • Susan.Luevano@csulb.edu
  27. 27. QUESTIONS?
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