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A Guide to Gender Women & Sexuality Studies: Books

Browsing for Books

Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations related to Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies.

HQ - The Family. Marriage. Women.

  • 12-449 Sexuality
    • 77-77.95 Transgender Identities
  • 503-1064 Marriage, The Family
  • 1075-1075.5 Gender Identities (Sex role)
  • 1088-1090.7 Men
  • 1101-2030 Women, Feminism
    • 1121-1154 History
    • 1180 Women's Studies
    • 1236 Women and the State
    • 1381 Women and Economics
    • 1393 Women and Religion
    • 1402 - 1870.5 Women in Regions or Countries

A note on language: The ways we use words like "gender" and "sex" have changed over time, and will continue to change. Appropriate words to describe gender and sexual identities have changed a lot throughout history. Because of this, terms used in library classification are sometimes outdated because they used to be a preferred term, but are no longer considered appropriate. Librarians are working to update terminology that has changed, but this can sometimes take a long time.

Because of this, you may find outdated terminology as you research. You also might need to use older terms find what you are looking for when you search in the library catalog or library databases, especially if you are researching history. If you feel stuck, ask a librarian! We are here to help. 

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GWS Books online

Here are some web resources that point you to various scholarship written in GWS areas.  Search the Gustavus Library catalog OR WorldCat to locate the book in our library or order from another library.

Finding Books beyond Gustavus

Searching the catalog (above) will lead you to books at Gustavus.  It will also connect you with books at many other libraries in Minnesota (select All Libraries to search once you're in the catalog).  Explore these links to find books at other libraries & online.

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