Welcome to the guide to Gender and Women's Studies: Researching Topics at UW-Madison.
The UW-Madison campus libraries have a combined homepage at http://www.library.wisc.edu. From this page you can:
do a quick search of the Library Catalog (for books, videos, and journals by name)
do a quick search of articles
find journals by name
get to the ten most popular databases, including a UW-Madison authenticated entry into Google Scholar,
AND lots more.
A good place to browse a variety of books on women is the Gender & Women's Studies Collection at College Library.
UW Gender & Women's Studies Librarian's Website
The Gender & Women's Studies Librarian's website hosts a multitude of resources for Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) - focused research. On the website you can find suggested databases, links to research guides and the Core Books Project, and a growing compendium of online resources. Don't know where to start? Try this page to get familiar with all the GWS Librarian's Office has to offer: Getting Started in GWS Research.
For understanding such concepts as scholarly vs. popular, primary vs. secondary sources, etc., use the Librarian's Library Research Hints Comparison Chart.
In addition, the Gender & Women's Studies Librarian has an editorial staff. They publish Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources (also in GenderWatch), New Books on Women, Gender, and Feminism (a bibliography of book information; many of the citations are also in Women's Studies International database) and Feminist Periodicals: A Current Listing of Contents (useful to browse to see what's been published recently in about 150 feminist/gender periodicals -- can help in choosing course paper topics!) and WAVE: Women's Audiovisuals in English, a database of information about women-focused videos and DVDs, some of which are on campus. Look up the video/DVD titles in the Library Catalog.