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Women, Culture and Society: Finding Journal/News Articles

This guide presents select resources for the course "Women, Culture and Society," Fall 2013. Instructor: Snezana Otasevic.

Is the Article Scholarly?

Major Databases

The following databases might be helpful to locate academic journal articles and newspaper articles. Click here for a complete list of the subscription databases.

To access these databases off campus, you will need RU login. Please read "Connect from Off Campus" 

Use keywords, and if possible, subject headings in your searches. 

Academic Search Premier 

Access World News (can limit search to publications around the world) 

Contemporary Women's Issues

Factiva (can also limit to publications around the world)


Women's Studies International

Ulrich's is a source that identify academic journals. 


Search Tips

STEP 1: What is your research topic?

It is useful to formulate your research topic with a question:

  • How does patriarchy affects women's rights?
  • what is the relationship between domestic violence and poverty?

STEP 2: What are the main concepts?

From the question you formulated, select the words with content:

  • patriarchy and women's rights
  • domestic violence and poverty

Ignore the words wuch as affects, relationship, between because they link concepts. The words with meaning/content are the ones your will use in your search. 

STEP 3: Develo alternative terms or keywords. 

Patriarchy -- men -- father

Women's rights -- feminism -- human rights

Gender violence --  women's health -- violence against women

inequality -- low income 

STEP 4: Use Boolean connectors "AND" "OR" to combine your search terms

AND narrows the search:

  • Patriarchy AND fathers

OR broadens the search:

  • 'domestic violence' OR 'violence against women'

Use single quotes (sometimes double to make sure the phrase stays intact.


Using truncation is a good way to broadening your search. The majority of databases the truncation symbol is asteric (*). The truncation symbol directs the database to search for all words that contain the root with variations of the ending.


  • Mother -- Mothers -- Motherhood -- Mothering
  • Nurse -- Nurses -- Nursing 

Video: How to Search Articles

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