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Women's Studies International  

General Information
Available Formats: BiblioLine, CD-ROM Number of Records: 627,730
Dates of Coverage: 1972 & earlier - Present Number of CD-ROMS: 1
Database: Anthology of 10 files Update Frequency: Quarterly
Subject Category: Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Gender Studies
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Product Overview
Women’s Studies International covers the core disciplines in Women’s Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research. Women's Studies International supports curriculum development in the areas of sociology, history, political science & economy, public policy, international relations, arts & humanities, business and education. Nearly 800 essential sources include: journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, important websites & web documents, and grey literature. Over 2,000 periodical sources are represented and include ISSNs.
Database Content
Women Studies Abstracts
Formerly edited by Sara Stauffer Whaley and recently acquired by NISC, Women Studies Abstracts contributes more than 73,860 records. Approximately 3,000 abstracts of core literature are added per year.

Women's Studies Bibliography Database
Publications indexed cover a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, sociology, social work, psychology, health sciences, education, economics, law, history, and literary works. Source documents include related websites, internet documents, professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, selected popular literature, government reports, discussion & working papers and other sources. Enhanced sub-sets of records from U.S. Government databases and other files are included to make Women's Studies International as comprehensive as possible. This file of 211,300+ records is produced by NISC with contributions by many individuals.

Women's Studies Database
Women's Studies Database (1972-present) is compiled by Jeanne Guillaume, Women's Studies Collection Librarian of New College, University of Toronto; WSD provides more than 152,230 records drawn from 125 journals worldwide. About 4,000 records are added per year.

Women Studies Librarian -- 4 files from the University of Wisconsin:

New Books on Women & Feminism (1987-present) is the complete guide to feminist publishing and provides 46,660+ citations. About 2,800 records are added per year.

WAVE: Women's Audiovisuals in English: A Guide to Nonprint Resources in Women's Studies (1985-1990) is a guide to 787 feminist films, videos, audiocassettes, and filmstrips.

Women, Race, & Ethnicity: A Bibliography (1970-1990) is an annotated, selective bibliography of 2,417 books, journals, anthology chapters, and non-print materials.

The History of Women and Science, Health, and Technology: A Bibliographic Guide to the Professions and the Disciplines (1970-1995 - selective coverage) is an excellent tool for curriculum development, providing 2,337 records from biographical and historical books and articles.

MEDLINE Subset on Women (1964 - present) 46,600+ abstracts. The MEDLINE Subset on Women, part of the MEDLINE database from the National Library of Medicine, adds to the diversity of materials included in Women's Studies International. With an emphasis on the well-being and social concerns of women in general and the developing countries in particular, this subset includes many journals, reports, books, and published and unpublished papers, previously not indexed in WSI. The MEDLINE Subset on Women brings an overall health perspective to Women's Studies International, with an applied, practical and empirical approach.

Women of Color and Southern Women: A Bibliography of Social Science Research
Women of Color (1975-1995) was produced by the Research Clearinghouse on Women of Color and Southern Women at the University of Memphis in Tennessee and provides over 7,564 citations on eighteen different ethnic groups.

Women's Health and Development: An Annotated Bibliography
Women's Health (1995) provides 201 records drawn mainly from English-language journals and other holdings of the World Health Organization library in Geneva. The bibliography was compiled by the Division of Publishing, Language and Library Services, Office of Library and Health Literature Services, and is dedicated to the memory of the late chief of the library, Dr. Deborah Avriel (1935-1995).

Subject Coverage
  • feminist studies - theory & history
  • art, language & culture
  • literary criticism
  • political/social activism
  • mental & physical health
  • violence & abusive relationships
  • prejudice & gender discrimination
  • law & legislation
  • psychology & body image
  • developing countries
  • marriage & divorce
  • women in development
  • women and the media
  • women's rights & suffrage
  • women's liberation movement
  • sexuality & sexology
  • lesbianism
  • reproductive rights
  • social welfare & socioeconomics
  • employment, workplace harassment
  • family & relationships
  • racial/ethnic studies
  • girl studies
  • Modern period
  • Victorian period
  • historical studies
"Because this is primarily an index of the feminist press, it is an excellent resource for finding articles from a feminist perspective (drug testing for pregnant women, for example, or reviews of Kate Roiphe's The Morning After or articles about body image)... The search software is very flexible, with novice, advanced, and expert search systems including features one would expect: boolean searching, truncation, the ability to limit by fields, and a variety of printing and downloading options....."

College & Research Libraries,  Vol.57,  Number 5,    p.469
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