Gender and Work

Course Instructor: 

Lori Stinson O'Gorman

This guide is to help you find relevant resources for your research in this course.

Start with books -- they organize the information on your topic in a way that makes sense.  Journal articles tend to focus on a particular aspect and when searching for journal articles it can be difficult to make sense of the results until you know more about your topic.

News articles can help to make you aware of current issues within your topic.  News resources, however, are not considered scholarly resources; use them to illustrate your points but ensure that you anchor your topic in the scholarly resources (books and journal articles).

Governments are regulators of work.  Government information can provide research on gender and work worldwide -- from a particular point of view.

Consider theses and dissertations -- these are academic sources including an exhaustive review of the literature.  if you find a relevant thesis, the bibliography will be useful.

If you are having problems finding resources using the databases or the catalogue, it may be your choice of search terms.  Consult background information in reference resources.  These are encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies and guides that are subject-specific.  Encyclopedias and dictionaries in particular can provide keywords and key phrases that you can use for searching.  They will also provide background information on the research done to date, and the names of participating researchers.  This will help you to evaluate whether or not the information that you find is relevant to your topic.

Here are some that may be useful: