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WRIT 231D: Writing the Wave: Women Writing the 21st Century Essay

Key Databases

Databases can contain a combination of full-text (ready to read online) and citation information that can lead you to articles, book chapters, or books. Specialized databases can help you home in on more relevant sources, and they contain content that SuperSearch misses. It's always a good idea to search in more than one database. Even if there is considerable overlap in content, the different search capabilities and features of each database can help you find different sources. To find additional databases relevant to your research, go to the Library's Databases A-Z list and use the Subjects menu.


Women & Gender Studies


Search Tips

Use quotation marks " " to search words as a phrase. This will narrow your results.

"environmental justice"

Use AND to combine multiple concepts in your search. This will narrow your results.

"environmental justice" AND feminism

Use OR to find different ways your topic could be expressed. This will expand your results. Group these related terms in parentheses, so the database interprets them first. The following search will find results that have any one of the terms in the first set of parentheses along with any one of the terms in the second set.

("environmental justice" OR "environmental racism") AND (feminism OR intersectionality OR ecofeminism)

Use an asterisk * to find variant endings. This will expand your results.

("environmental justice" OR "environmental racism") AND (feminis* OR intersectional* OR ecofeminis*)

Find Books with the Library Catalog

Borrowing from Elsewhere

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Can't find what you're looking for at Wellesley?

Use WorldCat Discovery to search and request directly from libraries worldwide via Interlibrary Loan.

Questions? Interlibrary Loan Guide

Find Books in the Internet Archive

If you find a book that is only available in print, see if you can find it in the Internet Archive. You can borrow digitized copies of books for up to 14 days with a free account.

Search Tips: The default search is in "Metadata," which means it's searching in the information about the book, rather than in the contents of the book itself. This will be a more focused search and is particularly useful for finding books by or about a particular author. You can change "Metadata" to "Text Contents" to search for keywords in the full content of all of the Internet Archive's digitized books.

Access is generally limited to one user at a time per book, so try to return the book as soon as you're done to make it available for others.

One Perfect Source?

Your topic seemed so great! So why can't you find any information on it? If you're looking for an all-in-one source that addresses your topic perfectly, you might need a different approach. (From the North Carolina State University Libraries)

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