Gender, Sexuality and the Body

Course Instructor: 

Debra Graham

This guide is intended to help you with your research with one of the following topics:

  1. "ways in which the media works to put the female body at risk"
  2. "the ways in which the school system, through sex education, works to perpetuate a normative sexuality"
  3. "fat bodies / thin bodies"
  4. "pregnant bodies"

Drop-in Session

A reminder that there will be an informal drop-in session for research support on November 22, 2011 during your tutorial session in room 402 of the Library.  The Library has wireless service on all floors -- bring your laptop!

Overview

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 commission research on all aspects of daily life.  They are also regulators of education.  Government information can provide research -- 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.

Finding the Right Words

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 reference resources that may be useful:

For other reference resources, check the subject guides for Women's Studies and/or Gender Studies.