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Gender Studies

The study of gender as a fundamental category of social and cultural analysis.

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Reference Sources are used to locate general factual information on a particular topic. They usually are read for specific pieces of information, rather than from beginning to end. Reference sources can refer to encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, handbooks, indexes, atlases, and bibliographies. We have tried to link primarily to reference sources available digitally in this section. You can also browse reference sources through the IUB Virtual Reference Room or in the Wells Reference Reading Room. Materials in the Reference Room cannot be checked out, and thus must be consulted in-house.


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Reference Sources for Gender Studies

Gender Studies

Women's Studies

Sexuality Studies

LGBTQ+ Studies

Transgender Studies

Men's/Masculinity Studies

According to Bloomsbury Publishing, "companions are of interest to researchers, instructors and students. The Handbooks are a series of single-volume reference works which aim to map the parameters of a discipline or sub-discipline and present the 'state of the art' in terms of research."

Handbooks are concise reference works which provide practical information on a particular subject. While encyclopedias cover a wide range of topics, handbooks offer more focused analysis of a particular topic. Explore the following links for lists of handbooks in relevant fields:

  • Routledge Global Gender Series The Global Gender series provides original research from across the humanities and social sciences, casting light on a range of topics from international authors examining the diverse and shifting issues of gender and sexuality on the world stage. 
  • Queer Interventions Series Queer Interventions is an exciting, fresh and unique new series designed to publish innovative, experimental and theoretically-engaged work in the burgeoning field of queer studies. 
  • Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender Series
    • These handbooks are great for students and readers with no or limited exposure to Gender Studies. Each handbook ushers the reader into a subfield of Gender Studies and explores twenty to thirty topics in that subfield. Borrow them from IU: 

Cover Art: Gender: Sources, Perspectives, and MethodologiesCover Art for Gender: LaughterCover Art, Gender: LoveCover art, Gender: TimeCover Art, Gender: Animals

Gender: God Cover ArtCover art, Gender: NatureCover art, Gender: WarCover art, Gender: Matter

Images: Book Covers(clockwise from top left corner) Gender: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies, edited by renée c hoogland; Gender: Laughter, edited by Bettina PapenburgGender: Love, edited by Jennifer C NashGender: Time, edited by Karin SellbergGender: Animals, edited by Juno Salazar Parreñas, Gender: God, edited by Sian Hawthorne; Gender: Nature, edited by Iris van der Tuin; Gender: War, edited by Andrea Peto; Gender: Matter, edited by Stacy Alaimo

Routledge Handbooks, Available as E-books

All handbooks listed below link to an e-book, available with IU Bloomington affiliation. These handbooks focus on a specific topic featuring contributions from experts in that field. Compared to companions and encyclopedias, handbooks tend to focus on a more specialized niche or sub-discipline. Explore below:

Additional Handbooks

Enumerative bibliographies (also called compilative, reference or systematic) are lists of media (including books, film, etc.) which result in an overview of publications in a particular category. Enumerative bibliographies are based on a unifying principle such as creator, subject, date, or topic. Belanger (1977) distinguishes an enumerative bibliography from other bibliographic forms such as descriptive bibliography, analytical bibliography or textual bibliography in that its function is to record and list, rather than describe a source in detail or with any reference to the source's physical nature, materiality or textual transmission. The bibliographies below can help offer an overview of the scholarship in a field and assist you in identifying relevant sources.

Source: Bibliography (Wikipedia)

For additional bibliographies, see the following: