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Women in Politics, Spring 2020: Start Here

This guide is intended to provide links to Smith Library resources and outside web pages on women in politics.

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TIP: Clicking the SU Bike icon will take you to the Research Hub. This guide provides an introduction to key resources available for your topics. The Smith Library Center has a wide range of both electronic and print materials including books, databases and journals.

Selected Books from the Smith Library Center

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 WorldCat@SU is the library's online catalog. Use it to identify printed and electronic books that we own as well as videos, CD's, DVD's, and more. A search by title in the online catalog yields over many titles on your topics. If you find an item that we don't own that you need for your research, use Get itand we will get the item from a library that does own it. 

Searching any database requires an understanding of how subject headings are used to describe and organize the items listed. Entering a subject phrase that is not used in a particular database will keep you from finding what you need even if the item is there. A few examples of select subject headings relevant to this class are below. Each is a live link directly into the online catalog. Always ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need--it may simply be a matter of using the right vocabulary.


Click on any of the live links to find books that share these subject headings. 


Note:  Many of the subject headings listed may also work in the listed databases as keyword searches. Every database develops its own list of subjects to use. Do a keyword search and compare your results with the subject headings (also called descriptors) in the records you find. They might provide you with better ways to do your search again.


Under this TAB are  titles of selected journals.   When you do not have a specific journal in mind, find articles on your topic by searching article databases.

Enter keywords into the search box of each of these journals. Think of important words or phrases, then type them in to get results. For example, the impact of politics on women and of women on politics. Find articles focusing on sex and gender within different disciplines, policy problems and studies that assess the impact on women and of women on politics.


For topics related to WOMEN IN POLITICS, please review these databases.



WorldCat@SU is our online catalog that lets you look up books, journals, CDs, dissertations, reports, in libraries around the world.

Academic Search Complete is the most frequently-used database on campus. Great starting point for research.


America:History and Life focuses on the history and life of the United States.   Ex., history of women's international social movements.

Credo Reference provides  authoritative encyclopedias that cover every major subject area.

Opposing Viewpoints explores opposing side of issues. Issues affecting women across the country and world can be searched.  Database identifies all types of sources -- academic journals, videos, news, etc.


The A-Z list of databases

Political Science Abstracts focuses on articles within field of political science) Ex., rise of a group as a political force across the country

JSTORhighest quality academic journals\books in major subject areas. You can search across the full text of ebooks and journals on JSTOR.   Click here for JSTOR tutorial.  

Click here for Political Science Resources on JSTOR



GenderWatch focuses on women's studies and feminist-related journals. Ex., women's rights, gender studies.

Women's Studies International is a database for women's studies and feminist research.

SocioINDEX with full-text focuses on feminist issues and topics.Indexes literature in sociology and related disciplines. Ex., gender wage inequality

Communication Studies covers magazines and scholarly journals in the fields of mass media and communication studies.  Includes "Feminist Media Studies" peer-reviewed journal.

Tip:  Know the difference between scholarly vs. popular.


Note: This is only meant to be a selective list of key databases. Be sure and look at others that you already know when you think they would also have good coverage on your topic.




  • Global Gender Gap Report.  "The Global Gender Gap Report beach marks 149 countries on their progress towards gender across four thematic dimensions:  economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment."   Be sure to take a look at the references at the end of each chapters.

  • Pew Research Center. A non-profit statistic research center focused on public opinion, American politics, and media analysis. It is a good place to browse for articles and data sets related to the Tea Party movement activities. Click here for United States Politics.  Click here for Obstacles to Women Leadership.


  • Parline, the Inter-Parlimentary Union Open Data Platform.  Information about national parliaments. Updated in 2017. Compare data, select country and chamber.

  •  Parties and Elections in Europe "provides a comprehensive database about political parties, elections and governments. The website contains the results of legislative elections from more than 100 countries and regions in Europe. The parties are classified according to their political orientation. Historical data can be found in the archive".





Way the media hurts female politicians....obstacles to women running for executive office...gender gap in voting...



  • Center for American Women and Politics --  (Rutgers University).  Includes lots of quick fact reference sheets and statistics regarding women’s participation in politics, both as politicians and as voters. Links included:  Women in Elective Office, 2018, Gender Gap in Voting and more

  • Name IT! Change IT.  Initiative started in 2010 to discuss women sexism.  According to the website, " a highly toxic media environment persists for women candidates".  Checkout their research, reports and press releases.

  • National Women's Political Caucus. This organization is dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political field. This site provides statistics about women in different areas of politics, such as female mayors, female voters, and so on.

  • She Should Run. This organization is committed to advancing women and girls in public leadership. The mission is to increase women's representation in public offices.


  • UN Women: Leadership and Political Participation.  From the local to the global level, the United Nations tracks women’s leadership and political participation. Links to: Facts and figures, Parliaments and local governance, Elections, Media, and more.




A bibliography is an organized list of sources (books, journal articles, web sources, etc.) formatted in a particular citation style (such as MLA, APA, or Chicago, Turabian).  An annotation is a descriptive paragraph.  So, an annotated bibliography is a bibliography that contains a descriptive paragraph about each of the sources listed in the bibliography.