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WGST104: Beauty, Culture & Society (Sharangpani): Find Articles

Find Journal Articles on your topic

The easiest way to find articles from scholarly journals on your topic is to use a library database.

Note: If searching from off-campus, you will need to input your name and library barcode number (from the back of your access card) to use any library database.

Some of the databases you can use for your project are listed below.  Choose the ones that seem the most relevant for your topic. 


List of Women's and Gender Studies Journals

Articles from women and gender studies journals might be particularly relevant for your project. Here's a core list of journals in that field.  Keep an eye for these journals in your list of results from a database search.

Core List of Journals in Women and Gender Studies


Searching Strategies

  • Before you start your research, try focusing your topic by writing a one sentence research question. For example:
    • Why do college students use body piercings and tattooing?
  • Identify the main ideas in your research question.
      • body piercing or tattoing
      • college students
  • Use an asterisk to find variations of a word, for example tattoo*  will retrieve tattoo and tattooing
  • Use quotes around a phrase: "body piercing"
  • Then, choose a database from the list on the left and  enter your keywords in the  search boxes.  Separate synonyms with  the OR connector.  
    For example: 


Getting the full-text of database articles:

1. If the database you are using has the full-text article, just  click on the link (pdf or htmil).

2. If the full-text is not available, click on Find It@SCU Libraries:

  • Is the article available in another database (e.g., Wilson OmniFile, JSTOR)? If so, click on the link and follow the citation information (e.g., volume, issue, date of publication, etc.)
  • Does the library have this journal in print? Go to the OSCAR record and request the issue you need from the ARS.
  • If the library doesn't have access to the full-text of the article, you will be offered the option of ordering it through the interlibrary loan service (which is free).