Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Why Use Books?

Books are useful for getting an overview of your topic and learning about the terminology used to describe your topic. While journal articles will have the latest research and developments, they are often focused on a very narrow aspect of a topic. Once you have the "big picture" you can then use the databases (Articles tab) to find journal articles looking at a specific topic in Women's Studies.

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Browse Books in Women's & Gender Studies

The UNM Libraries organize books using Library of Congress call numbers. Because Women Studies is broadly interdisciplinary, you will also find books about women shelved in other subject areas. For example, books about women in history will usually be shelved with the history books (D). There is one Library of Congress Subclass that is dedicated to covering women and sexuality: HQ. Below you'll find some places to browse, most HQ books are located in Zimmerman Library.

Subject Call Number
The Family. Marriage. Women HQ1-2044
Sexual life HQ12-449
Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality HQ19-30.7
Sex instruction and sexual ethics HQ31-64
Sexual deviations HQ71-72
Bisexuality HQ74-74.2
Homosexuality. Lesbianism. HQ75-76.8
Transvestism HQ77-77.2
Transexualism HQ77.7-77.95
Sex role HQ1075-1075.5
Women. Feminism. HQ1101-2030.7


The following is a list of useful search terms (Library of Congress Subject Headings) related to women's studies. These terms can often be combined with other terms usefully, for example, "African American women" and "Black Lives Matter."

African American women
Feminism and education
Feminist theory
Gay and lesbian studies
Gender identity
Identity (Philosophy)
People with disabilities -- Social conditions
Sex customs -- History
Sex differences (Psychology)
Sex discrimination
Sex role
Sexism in language
Social institutions
Social justice -- United States
Transgender people
Women -- Political activity
Women -- Social conditions
Women -- Social conditions -- United States
Women -- Violence against
Women prisoners
Women's studies

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