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GWS 244: Islam, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. Media: Start

Getting Started

You research will take you into many areas of the library and into several disciplinary approaches, depending on the pop culture text you are using. A great place to start is looking at the Reference Books tab (above); these books will give you succinct but thorough overviews of topics. In addition to the resources on this guide, consider browsing the resources on these related guides:

If you get stuck with your research, have a question about finding or accessing sources, or would simply like to chat about your topic & research options with a librarian, feel free to contact me directly (contact info is underneath my picture) or visit any librarian at the Reference Desk. We are information professionals - we can help you find all kinds of materials, as well as give you additional ideas for places and ways to search.

Finding Books

To find books in our library, search the Library Catalog - you can also search directly via  the search box on the library's homepage.

When you find books that look useful, write down the Location & the Call Number

General Collection, A - PQ  are on the Third Floor 

General Collection, PR - Z are on the Second (Main) Floor

Oversize, A - Z are on the Third Floor

Reference, A - Z are on the Second (Main) Floor.

Once you are in the right area, signs on the sides of the shelves will direct you further. The system is a little tricky to figure out at first, so don't hesitate to ask for directions at the Circulation Desk or Reference Desk.

Browse the shelves when you find a useful book. Books are shelved according to topic, so chances are you'll find other relevant books nearby.

You can check books out at the Circulation Desk (front desk).

Books Beyond Gustavus

Here are options for finding books beyond what we have in house. I recommend searching at Gustavus first before expanding your search to other libraries; these are great options to use after you've determined whether or not we have materials useful for your topic here.

Finding Articles

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of your topics & the fields themselves, there are a number of options for finding articles. Try these to track down articles; some may work better than others depending on your topics. Use the FindIt button in the databases to start locating the full text of articles. Consult the Tracking Down Materials tab (above) for more suggestions and guidance.


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Julie Gilbert
I love meeting with students and faculty to talk about your research, including any issues you have - or even if you just want to brainstorm. There are lots of ways to reach me. Email me with questions or use the old fashioned phone number below to contact me. Or stop by during my reference/office hours: Wednesdays from 2:30 - 4:30 and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30. I'll either be in my office (Library 108B on the lower level) or the reference desk on the main floor.

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