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)
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 Women's Collection at College Library.
UW Women's Studies Librarian's Website
The Women's Studies Librarian's website links to Research Resources on Gender and Women's Studies. Some of the specific sections include resources for women's history, women's literature, women's health, international topics, statistics on women & gender and more resources for research. There are also sections on organizations, women and popular culture, and media.
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 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.