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SWG222: Gender, Law and Policy: Finding Books

Fall 2021, C. Baker

Search Discover: Study of Women and Gender


Many EBSCO databases, such as Academic Search Premier and America: History & LIfe, are included in Discover, as is JSTOR. Discover Advanced Search includes limiting options.

Finding Books

Begin by searching the Five College Library Catalog using SUBJECT BEGINS WITH or the ADVANCED SEARCH.
Try the following terms as aubject phrases or use in subject keyword searching:

[topic] - Law and legislation
Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States
Women's rights - United States
Gays -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States
Family violence - Law and legislation - United States
Sex discrimination in employment
Discrimination in employment - Law and legislation
Maternity leave - United States
Occupational mobility - United States

Public welfare - United States
Child health services -- Law and legislation

Emigration and immigration -- United States
Public welfare
Health insurance -- Law and legislation -- United States

Sex discrimination in education
Women's colleges -- United States
Lesbians -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States
Homosexuality -- Law and legislation -- United States
Transgender people - Legal status, laws, etc. - United States
Sex and law -- United States

Adoption -- United States
Gay parents -- United States
Same-sex parents

Transgender youth -- Education -- United States
Homosexuality and education -- United States
Sex instruction for teenagers
Sex discrimination in sports
Sexual harrassment -- United States

Abortion -- Law and legislation
Birth control -- Law and legislation - United States

Discrimination in criminal justice administration

African Americans - Civil rights
Indian women - United States - Social conditions
Indians of North America - Legal status, laws, etc.


 Example Search - ADVANCED screen

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With Keyword searching you can create (boxes) for your concepts, using parentheses.  Here are simple and complex examples:

("birth control" or contracept*) and (legal or law or legislat*) and "united states"

(lesbian* or gay or gays or lgbt* or homosexual*) and (legal or law or laws or legislation) and (rights or discriminat*) and "united states"

(medicaid or schip or chip) and (immigra* or aliens) and (mother* or families or family or children)

(women* or female* or sex or gender*)
and (discriminat* or rights or inequality or status or law or laws or legislat*)
and (indian* or "native american*") and "united states"

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