Franklin &  Marshall College Library

WST 210a: Introduction to Women's Studies

How to Find Books

Library Catalog
To find a book, begin by conducting a Keyword search on your topic. Analyze your topic or research question and break it down into its key concepts, which becomes the Keyword search. Once you have found a record for an item that looks useful, click on a Subject Heading to retrieve other items with similar content.

How to Find Journal Articles

Academic Journals
To find information in academic journals check Indexes & Abstracts on the Women's Studies Subject Page. Go to "by Subject" on the left side of this webpage.

Some Academic Journals are available as Electronic Full Text resources. Go to "Return to A-to-Z List" and try Jstor and Project Muse.

Non-Academic Journal Articles
The following magazines, in paper, are owned by F&M:
Life, Newsweek, Saturday Review, and Time. Microfilmed resources are: America, Esquire, Glamour, New Yorker, Saturday Evening, Sports Illustrated, US News & World Report. Check the Journal Collection Search page for others. Go to "F&M's Journal Collections" on the left side of this webpage.

To find articles in non-academic journals check:
Reader's Guide which indexes over 200 popular U.S. general interest periodicals, covering 1983 to the present. Go to "Return to A-to-Z List" and choose Reader's Guide.

For an easy historical perspective see Godey's Ladies Book (1830-1880) via Accessible Archives at:


Visit the Women's Studies Subject Page for suggested websites and as a place to begin. The linked and annotated list will help you find some excellent sites ­ not all are academic, however.

Visual and Media Resources

  • Music and video resources can be found from the Library Catalog using limits.
  • Images can be found on the Web at: AltaVista and Yahoo!
  • Historical prints in Special Collections are inventoried at: and are available in the libraryıs lower level
  • For TV and Radio Transcripts try: A-to-Z list --> Lexis Nexis --> News --> Transcripts
  • A Slide Library is available in the in Alumni House through the Art Department covering paintings, sculpture, graphics, advertising. (Contact Louise Kulp, L_Kulp, x 4242).

Search TIP - Citation help, tips on evaluating materials, how to make an annotated bibliography and other crucial information can be found on the "How to..." menu to the left side of this webpage.

Last updated: 10/20/00 ag, contact Ann Upton for assistance, 291-4225