Get Acquainted with Virtual Reference!

March is National Women’s History Month so the library recommends e-reference books on that topic. Are you unsure about how to find these e-reference encyclopedias? First, search the following titles in the library’s book catalog; when the title comes up click on online access. Using reference, both e-Text and print, is always a good idea when undertaking a research project or simply undecided about a topic.

Women, Science and Myth: Gender Beliefs from Antiquity to the Present. Gale Virtual Reference Library, 2008.

This book focuses on the interactions between gender and scientific research over time, dealing with different topics both chronologically and thematically. Chapters cover such issues as feminist philosophy of science, cyberfeminism, ecofeminism, early modern health, discrimination, and gender and occupational interests. Question: why did women start writing science fiction? The essay describes how utopian dreams permeated the first generation of women’s SF stories.

Product Details

Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. 2008.

This comprehensive 4-volume set covers women in history in 650 biographies and 600 topical articles covering organizations, cultures and society, geography, and gender studies. Discover how all historical, social, and demographic changes have affected women and their lives. For example, one entry is on Rabi’ah al-Adawiyyah, a noted ascetic and teacher, and one of the three great Sufi woman saints of Basra, Iraq.

Encyclopedia of Women in the American West

Encyclopedia of Women in the American West. Sage, 2003.

Looking for information on all-girl rodeos? African American physicians of the West? Dianne Feinstein? Homesteaders? Women religious? This is your reference for 150 women who made history from the mid–1800s to the present, many of them appearing in a biography for the first time Have you heard of Ella Cara Deloria (1889-1971), who was born on the Yankton Sioux Reservation into a prominent Lakota family? She attended Columbia University where she teamed up with prominent anthropologist Franz Boas and together they authored several articles, including a study of Sioux dialects, myths, and ethnography.

Submitted by Pamm Collebrusco

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